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M/S Scandinavica departing from Gothenburg
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No: 3859   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 1981   Manufacturer: Dubigeon-Normandie S.A. Nantes, France   Country: Sweden
M/S Scandinavica departing from Gothenburg

Scandinavica was chartered by Stena Line during 1978-81, but started life as the Bolero, built in 1973 for a consortium including Lion Ferry by Dubigeon-Normandie S.A. Prairie au doc, Nantes. She is a near sister ship of Southern Ferries' Eagle and the Massalia of Paquet. She operated for Lion Ferry as Prince of Fundy II in the summers of 1973-76 between Portland, Maine, USA and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. During the winters she cruised for Commodore Cruise Lines, in which Lion Ferry also had interests. From 1976-78 she was chartered to Bergen Line on the route Bergen/Stavanger/Kristiansand-Newcastle. From 1978-78 She was chartered to Stena Line as Scandinavica. From 1981-91 she operated as Bolero for Fred Olsen on North Sea services. In 1991 Bolero passed to Color Line as the Jupiter, operating between Kristiansand-Hirtshals and Oslo-Hirtshals until 1994. She has since served as the Crucero Express, Seminole Express and Magic I.
An interesting note is the ferry terminal at the bottom of the picture, long fallen into disuse, but at that time in 1981 still used by small ferries for crossing the Göta Älv, the river that flows through the centre of Gothenburg. I only realised this today, while scanning this picture (from a colour negative), as I had thought that when the Älvsborgsbron suspension bridge off the right of the picture was opened in 1967 I had thought the cross-river ferries had ceased. Although I took the photograph, I had completely forgotten about these ferries still operating!
Picture added on 28 February 2008
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Peter; what a great shot, shows us so much.... and the long-gone ferries - they have both the central overhead wheel-house; and the side-mounted wheel-house, also.

Regards, from Canada,

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 24 March 2010.
Many thanks, Pat, I only wish I had taken more photos at that time, when I never dreamed that I would end up living permanently in Gothenburg, after 20 years in Stockholm and France!

Added by Peter Langsdale on 24 March 2010.
Hello and thank you for the picture!
I was on this ship from kiel to korsör in 1979!

Added by Michael on 13 April 2012.
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Dubigeon-Normandie S.A. Nantes, France

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