Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Yesterday's ClydeSights: CERVANTES

Much missed from the Clyde, the German containership CERVANTES ran for many years on the MacAndrews service from the UK to northern Spain, carrying two or three passengers on many of her sailings. Launched as REGIA, she carried the name PORTLAND BAY for a two-year charter to P&O Containers, reverting to her original name on its completion. In 1997, she became CERVANTES for a charter to MacAndrews. Following her replacement on that service in 2005, she was renamed PERCEIVER. She was built in 1994 by JJ Sietas, and had a deadweight of 6,449 tonnes. This 117.01 metre long ship could carry up to 538 TEU, small by today's standards.