Sunday, 7 November 2010

Baia Sardinia

The recent delivery to Aliaga in Turkey of the 1966-vintage ferry Baia Sardinia brought back memories of a crossing on the ship from Genoa to Sardinia in September 2007. Originally built as the Tor Anglia for Tor Line's Immingham-Gothenburg-Amsterdam North Sea service, she really hadn't changed very much during her 41-year career.

Tor Anglia when new in 1966.


Interiors from 1966, featuring stylish Arne Jacobsen 'Egg' and 'Swan' chairs in the lounge (above left and below)

Baia Sardinia at her berth in Genoa: her superstructure is typical of Knud E. Hansen-designed ferries of the 1960s.

The drive-through vehicle deck - the first on a ferry operating on the Northern North Sea.


The dining saloon - a symphony of polished bird's eye maple panelling.


The elegant forward lounge with its distinctive circular bar counter.


Aft of the main lounge is a further smaller saloon, the walls of which are decorated with the types of cartoon golf bores are supposed to find amusing. They are original, however, so maybe some of Tor Line's directors were golf bores?


The cafeteria, located towards the stern - panelled in teak and seasick green formica.

Below: The Baia Sardinia's entrance hall and main staircase:


Above: The shower fittings in my cabin - 1960s shipboard plumbing at its best.


Dinner: Di Maio Lines' catering was absolutely superb.

Passengers anticipating our departure on deck: they were in for quite a shock!


The fire covers on the ventilators were all labelled by hand. The one for the cafeteria was a lovely Freudian slip - serf-service indeed!

When the Baia Sardinia fired up her engines, oh my! Choking plumes of acrid filth that even penetrated the aft section of the superstructure inboard.


The Moby Freedom disappears in our exhaust.

Leaving Genoa.


Me on deck with a life ring (left) and an ash-tray from DSB (Danish State Railways), no doubt moved from another Di Maio ship, the old Prins Henrik.

One of the original restaurant chairs having migrated to the car deck.


Disembarking the next morning.

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