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Sealink British Ferries was the name used between 1984 and 1991 while owned by Sea Containers between BR and Stena Line.
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Former Sealink vessels can still be found in daily service on their original route, between Portsmouth and Fishbourne Isle of Wight. Are there any others still going?
 

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I believe the Chartres is still in service in the Mediterranean - and she's probably not the only one.
 

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I believe the Chartres is still in service in the Mediterranean - and she's probably not the only one.


Update to my post - apparently the former Chartres spends half the year in the Azores ( or is it the Canaries? ) and is due for replacement within the next couple of years.
 

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St Elois is apparently sill in service in the Med as Moby Love. She originally carried Sealink colours , but was French owned
 

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To add further detail then, which of these survivors are still plying their original route? The remaining Isle of Wight trio, and I presume the Windermere vessels?
 

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To add further detail then, which of these survivors are still plying their original route? The remaining Isle of Wight trio, and I presume the Windermere vessels?

There are no Sealink era vessels still plying the Isle of Wight routes; the oldest currently in service - St Cecilia - was built in 1987, three years after the demise of Sealink as such.
 

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There are no Sealink era vessels still plying the Isle of Wight routes; the oldest currently in service - St Cecilia - was built in 1987, three years after the demise of Sealink as such.

I can only rely upon the expertise of t'internet, but it reckons she was delivered to Sealink and transferred to Wightlink three years later, in 1990. It also handily provides pics of her in Sealink livery! So, without being any sort of an expert on the matter, I'd have to raise you that she counts as a Sealink vessel! :D
 
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The UK part of Sealink became Sealink British Ferries upon privatisation in 1984, but the SNCF part of the business was split off at that point, so it probably comes down to how we are going to define Sealink itself?
 

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The UK part of Sealink became Sealink British Ferries upon privatisation in 1984, but the SNCF part of the business was split off at that point, so it probably comes down to how we are going to define Sealink itself?

Indeed! From my uninformed viewpoint, the ship having entered service with 'Sealink' will do! :)
 

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Are we going to count "Sealink Stena Line" as well?

If so, what about when they later reversed that to become "Stena Sealink Line"? Surely by that point it was arguably effectively just a brand and bore no relation to Sealink the business?
 

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Are we going to count "Sealink Stena Line" as well?

If so, what about when they later reversed that to become "Stena Sealink Line"? Surely by that point it was arguably effectively just a brand and bore no relation to Sealink the business?

You are significantly more knowledgeable on the subject than I am; I'm aware that the Portsmouth - Fishbourne vessels entered service in the 80s bearing the Sealink brand, which I assume means they are/were Sealink vessels. I can't lay claim to an in-depth knowledge of the internal workings or the politics of what Sealink was at that time, but one would presume the company existed in some form? Stena Sealink I would suggest is more obviously a brand engineering effort?
 

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There's only the St Cecilia left from the 1980s fleet, though.

St Faith is very similar, of course, although admittedly she was delivered in 1990. According to information online, she was indeed delivered to Sealink which then became Wightlink the following year, 1991. So, to return to original question, both St Faith and St Cecilia are examples of Sealink ferries still in service on their original route.
 
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