Captain John Cox, Chairman and CEO of the Black Ball Ferry Line, was in touch with me recently. His son in Tangier (Tanger) had sighted an old glass negative of a ship aground off Cape Spartel.
Cape Spartel is a promontory in Morocco 300 metres above sea level at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, circa 12km from Tangier. Below the Cape are the ‘Caves of Hercules’. There is no date on the photo and the identity of the ship is unknown, but she may be a Mediterranean coastal passenger vessel.
Knowing and respecting the knowledge of our readers, I said to Captain Cox I would carry the photo in our next edition of Sea Breezes, in the hope that we can find out more about this mystery vessel.
The Black Ball Ferry Line has an interesting history and has connections going way back into the 1880s with the Black Ball Line which operated sailing packets across the Atlantic.
The present company operates the mv Coho (built by the Puget Sound Bridge and Drydock company) – she entered service in 1959 and has since then operated continuously, year round on the Victoria (Vancouver Island) – Port Angeles (USA) across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The border between Canada and the USA runs down the middle of the Strait. We hope to carry an article on The Black Ball Ferry Line in an upcoming issue of Sea Breezes.