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Wightlink’s St Cecilia calls it a day and retires to Sardinia with million miles on the clock

She has sailed almost one million miles toing and froing across the Solent, but on Friday (25 January) Wightlink’s third largest ship, St Cecilia, is bowing out.

After an estimated 200,000 journeys between Portsmouth and Fishbourne, she will depart the UK bound for Sardinia where she will spend her retirement sailing between Portovesma, Calasetta and Carloforte.

Wightlink ferry St Celia
St Celia bids farewell to the UK for retirement in Sardinia

Named after St Cecilia Abbey in Ryde, she began service at 06:00 on 27 March, 1987, following a special inaugural cruise attended by 300 invited guests.

As one of Wightlink’s four Saint-class ferries, she weighs in at an impressive 953.2 tons and measures over 77 metres long.

As well as serving Wightlink passengers, St Cecilia has had a couple of on-screen appearances. These include featuring in an episode of BBC1’s Grange Hill in 1989, and starring as a fictional ferry alongside Gerard Depardieu in the French film Aime ton Pere (A Loving Father) in 2002.

Says Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield: “It really is the end of an era for St Cecilia. She has been part of the Wightlink family for over 30 years and has served our passengers well on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne route, after being built in North Yorkshire.

“Although it is sad to say goodbye, it’s also an exciting time for Wightlink as we continue to focus on improving our services to and from the Isle of Wight. As part of our £45m investment in future services, last August we welcomed our new hybrid energy ship Victoria of Wight to the fleet, driving a greener era of travel between the Isle of Wight and the mainland.”

Posted on 22nd January 2019 at 11:58 am in Ferry Operators | Wightlink | Ferry News |

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