Chapters: Brittany Ferries. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 62. Not
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more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Brittany Ferries
is a French ferry company that runs ships between France, the UK,
Ireland and Spain. Brittany Ferries' MV Pont-Aven off the coast of
SantanderFollowing the provision of the deep-water port at Roscoff,
the company commenced in January 1973 at the instigation of Alexis
Gourvennec, when existing ferry companies showed reluctance in
providing a service from Roscoff to Plymouth. The company began
sailings between Roscoff in Brittany and Plymouth in the South West
of England using the freight ferry Kerisnel. The company's primary
aim at that time was to provide a service to Brittany's cauliflower
and artichoke farmers giving them easier access to the British
market. The company expanded into the passenger market in summer
1973 when they chartered the passenger only ferry Poseidon from
Stena Line for the season. Kerisnel was replaced in 1974 by
Penn-Ar-Bed which also carried passengers and their vehicles. Such
was the success of the Plymouth-Roscoff service a larger ship, the
Cornouailles, was ordered and entered service in 1977. New routes
commenced throughout the 1970s, and the company continued to grow.
The Saint-Malo, Santander and Cork routes were operated by the
Armorique and Prince of Brittany. In the early 1980s a second ship
was chartered for the Saint-Malo route. The Goelo was an
attractive-looking vessel, but left the fleet in preparation for
the new ship to be introduced in 1982. The Quiberon replaced the
Armorique on the Santander and Cork services, allowing her to
operate alongside the Prince of Brittany on the Saint-Malo route.
The Cornouailles maintained the original Roscoff route. The Benodet
operated Plymouth-Roscoff for just one year before being used as
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