As always, it is a pleasure to read Robert Straughton’s Ferry World. In the October 2014 issue of Sea Breezes, the picture of Tenerife Harbour certainly brought back a memory or two.
In particular, the photo of La Palma which I well recall steaming her way between the islands of Gran Canaria. I thought, perhaps, readers may be interested in additional background history of La Palma.
As built for Compania de Vapores Correos Interinsulares Canarios, Las Palmas, a company that operated within the framework of the Elder Dempster Group, she was, during 1930, sold to Compania Transmediterranea of Barcelona until laid up at Las Palmas (shipping agent for Mercedes cars). On 12 September 2001, I received a letter from Mr Jurgen Flick whom wrote as follows; “The vessel was donated in 1986 by the Flick family to the island Government of Tenerife (Cabido de Tenerife). After some years of indecision about what to do with the vessel, in the beginning of 1999 work commenced on reconditioning and repair”.
JAMES E COWDEN
“Tarqua”, Redstone Drive
Lower Heswall, Wirral