On This Day

20 March

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1980 St. Christopher


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The 6,996-ton passenger and car ferry St. Christopher (Yard No. 1716) was launched today for Barclays Mercantile Industrial Finance (managed and operated by Sealink (UK) Ltd., London).
St. Christopher, intended for the Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire service, was christened but her ‘launch’ was delayed two days due to storms. The vessel cost almost £16m to build. 

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1943 'Algerine' class minesweeper


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The 1,053-ton ‘Algerine’ class minesweeper HMS Rinaldo (Yard No. 1144) was launched today for the Admiralty.