A popular service of ferries from Fleetwood operated from early Victorian Times. Those first ferries sailed to Larne in Northern Ireland and Douglas on the Isle of Man.
Fleetwood Ferry Port and passenger terminal is owned and operated by ABP and has been closed since operator Stena Line ceased to operate the Northern Ireland route on Christmas Eve in December 2010.
Three Ferries into Fleetwood
The three Stena Ferries sailing between Fleetwood and Larne between 1980 to 2010 were known as the ‘Three Sisters’. They were the Puma, Bison and Buffalo.
After the service ended, all three “Sisters” were laid up in Belfast Harbour. They were eventually bought by a Russian Federation Company named “AnRussTrans”, to transport materials and cargo to and from Turkey to Saudi Arabia.
They were also used to transport goods and personnel to the Sochi Winter Olympics of 2014.
After that they were all sent to the breakers yards in Aliaga in February 2014.
Bison (below) was renamed Ant 1
Puma (below) was renamed Ant 2
Buffalo (below) was renamed Anna Marine
Find out More
There’s more information and photos on the NIFerry Site, which is the source of this information about the fate of the three Fleetwood ferries.
More about Ferries from Fleetwood
Pleasure and commercial sailings to the Isle of Man, Androssan, Barrow and Belfast started with the Steamers, as long ago as the 1860s.
One hundred years later, the last regular ferry to the Isle of Man sailed in 1961. Although there were sporadic journeys after that date, up to the closure of the terminal.
The container port facility on Dock Street was created in 1973 to provide a container service for goods to Larne in Northern Ireland. In 1975 it later became a roll-on-roll-off service.
By then, Dock Street was largely derelict and the container port did help to regenerate the area somewhat. It also led to better road access for the freight lorries using the terminal, although that’s not especially apparent today.
P&O operated a twice daily route until Stena Line bought the route in 2004. The service was then increased to three times a day. Unfortunately it was withdrawn at the end of 2010 and the container port now stands empty and disused once again.
Not to be confused with the Knott End Ferry!
There is, of course a popular ferry service which still runs from Fleetwood. Very much smaller than it’s other seagoing relatives, is the Fleetwood to Knott End ferry.
This carries day trippers and residents between Fleetwood and Knott End and the various villages Over Wyre.
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