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Get Up Close To The Ark Royal This Weekend January 14, 2009

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ark-royalAircraft carriers. They’re ace aren’t they? Everyone should have one.

Well until that dream becomes reality, the next best thing is available this weekend. HMS Ark Royal is coming to town! And thanks to Mersey Ferries, you can get the chance to sail along side the Navy’s flagship, gawk up at her and think ‘Blimey, that’s a big ship’.

Here’s the details from Merseytravel:

Passengers on board the Mersey Ferries can get up close to the Royal Navy’s fleet flagship – HMS Ark Royal – when she visits Liverpool from this Thursday.

The ferries will take in the majesty of the 210m vessel during regular cruises operating throughout the visit.

Two ferries will take to the water for additional cruises in the afternoon of Saturday 17th January when the vessel is open to the public, with live commentary from blue badge guides.

River Explorer Cruise services, calling at all three terminals, will depart from the Pier Head at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm and 4pm and will be sailing as close and as safely as possible to Royal Navy vessel.

Commentary will also run on the 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm sailings on Sunday 18th January.

Other cruises will operate as normal.

People should call 0151 330 1444 or visit www.merseyferries.co.uk if they would like any further information.

More about Ark Royal


Ark Royal

Ark Royal is the fifth vessel to bear the proud name. It was built by Swan Hunters Ship Builders’ yard at Wallsend in December 1978 and launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

HMS Ark Royal was accepted into service on 1 July 1985.

HMS Ark Royal is larger than her 2 sisters, Invincible and Illustrious, at 210 metres (683 feet) long.

She has a maximum beam of 36 metres (117 feet) and a displacement of 20,000 tonnes.

4 Olympus gas turbine engines (like Concorde’s) propel the ship, which give a maximum speed in excess of 30 knots.

A steeper ski jump than in the other ships of this class is fitted at the forward end of the flight deck.

The ship’s motto is ‘Zeal Does Not Rest’.

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