Cross channel ferry's final journey to the beach

It's not often you see a cross-channel ferry steaming at full speed - onto the shore. That's the moment captured in this dramatic footage of the ship known for more than twenty years as the Pride of Calais.

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Ship's Captain describes final voyage

She's the equivalent of about 78 in human years, she carried around 30 million passengers and did thousands of cross-channel trips but, as we showed you last week, the Pride of Calais met a somewhat undignified end, being deliberately crashed into the shore at a recycling yard in Turkey.

Now her captain has talked to Meridian about what it was like bringing her days to an end. David Johns reports, speaking to the ship's former Master, Paul Wood.

Full steam ahead for ferry on dramatic final voyage - onto shore.

Where do old ferries go on holiday? They go and get beached in Turkey! This is a famous old cross-channel ferry that clocked up millions of nautical miles going back and forth across the Channel for years.

In her heyday the ferry was called the Pride of Calais and ferried thousands of passengers to and from France for for 22 years. Then in 2012 it became the Spirit of Ostend running services from Ramsgate to the Belgium port.

This footage was filmed in November - but has only just been released on YouTube and has proved very popular with more than 600,000 views. The beach is actually a recycling yard for old ships.


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