Pride of Calais ferry smashes into shore at breakers yard

Bournemouth Echo: VIDEO: Ship smashed into shore at breakers yard - on purpose VIDEO: Ship smashed into shore at breakers yard - on purpose

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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7:39pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Derf says...

The Echo are on it as usual, besides the ship never having visited Poole and having no connection whatsoever to the local area (aside from it floated on sea water and we have sea water) The ship's been on the beach in Aliaga since October and is all but completely demolished.
The Echo are on it as usual, besides the ship never having visited Poole and having no connection whatsoever to the local area (aside from it floated on sea water and we have sea water) The ship's been on the beach in Aliaga since October and is all but completely demolished. Derf
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7:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Old Colonial says...

The Echo's YouTube/Twitter/Face
book style of reporting that is increasingly being used.
The Echo's YouTube/Twitter/Face book style of reporting that is increasingly being used. Old Colonial
  • Score: 3

8:39pm Tue 28 Jan 14

alasdair1967 says...

Please explain how this is supposed to be local Bournemouth/dorset news ?
Please explain how this is supposed to be local Bournemouth/dorset news ? alasdair1967
  • Score: 4

8:47pm Tue 28 Jan 14

alasdair1967 says...

Allegedly someone in Barbados has taken delivery of a sunseeker can I go and report on that story please daily flight from gatwick might need a fortnight to dot the i's and cross the t's you cover my expenses echo and I'll bring back the scoop for you
Allegedly someone in Barbados has taken delivery of a sunseeker can I go and report on that story please daily flight from gatwick might need a fortnight to dot the i's and cross the t's you cover my expenses echo and I'll bring back the scoop for you alasdair1967
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