Irish Ferries

ICG’s first sailing was on May 17, 1968 from Roslare to Le Harve. It was a joint operation by Normandy Ferries (NF) (owned by P&O) and the shipping line Saga (owned by the Rothschild family). In its first season the service carried 31,000 passengers and in 1969 the service was increased to a twice-weekly sailing. The ships used were the Dragon and Leopard, owned by NF. At the end of 1971, the service came to an abrupt end, when NF realised that, to maintain their completive edge on the English Channel the Dragon and Leopard could not continue to operate the service. [Read More]

B&I Line

The British and Irish Steam Packet Company (known as the B&I) was formed on July 27th 1836 after a group of Dublin business men met in the Commercial Buildings in Dame Street. On October 24th Articles of agreement were concluded between the investors, which included Arthur Guinness, James Ferrier (Transatlantic Steam Ship Company), Richard Williams and James Jameson. One of the Company’s first directors was Francis Carleton (who was also a member of the board of the City of Dublin SP Co. [1823-1924], with whom the B&I worked closely). [Read More]

Brittany Ferries

The great liners often called into Queenstown (now Cobh) Cork on their way between Europe and the USA after calling onto French ports (Cherbourg and Le Harve). Brittany Ferries picked up on this in 1978 when they announced they were starting a service between Roscoff and Cork. The ship used would be the Armorique which was to leave Roscoff on Friday night, arrive in Cork at about mid day and leave at 15.00 for an early Sunday arrival in Roscoff. The Armorique was to do a twice-weekly service between Santander and Plymouth also was announced. [Read More]