Pride of Calais ferry smashes into shore at breakers yard

Daily Echo: VIDEO: Ferry smashes into to shore VIDEO: Ferry smashes into to shore

For more than 20 years, the MS Pride of Calais plied her way across the English channel disgorging thousands of motorists and holidaymakers in France.

These days things aren't looking quite so rosy.

Forlorn and unwanted, the 26,000 tonne ship lies beached in a Turkish breakers yard awaiting her destruction.

The Pride of Calais served on the cross-Channel route from 1987 to 2012. Last year she sailed between Ramsgate and Ostend before being send to the scrap yard in October.

Dismantling such a large ship is a specialist job that takes hundreds of men several months.

The best way to scrap a ship is to do it on dry land - and the specialists at the breakers yard in Aliaga, Turkey, have a spectacularly brutal method of transfering the vessel from the sea to the shore.

Just watch the video below to see how they do it:

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4:54pm Tue 28 Jan 14

egghead65 says...

nice
nice egghead65

6:30pm Fri 31 Jan 14

WoolstonSean says...

Ostend Spirit the former P&O Ferries 1987 built Pride of Calais was beached at Aliaga, Turkey on the 13 th November 2013 so not exactly recent news!
Ostend Spirit the former P&O Ferries 1987 built Pride of Calais was beached at Aliaga, Turkey on the 13 th November 2013 so not exactly recent news! WoolstonSean

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