The Olau story
The brief history of Olau on the ferry crossing between
Sheerness and Vlissingen is a tremendous success story.
The historical sea-link between the two ports goes back
as far as July 1875 when a nightly service commenced for
passengers and mail. The Isle of Sheppey terminal was
switched to nearby Queenborough in May of the
following year but the service closed after the outbreak of
war in November 1914.
Sixty years later Sheppey and Vlissingen were again
united when the roll on - roll off vessel Basto V reopened
the link. There followed a dramatic expansion of traffic
which necessitated the use of larger and more luxurious
ferries. Then, following a financial crisis in the original
Danish company, Olau line was taken over by the owners
of the West German TT Line. The first purpose-built ships
soon entered service and generated their own trade.
In October 1989, the first of the line's Super-Ferries
were on station and Olau were able to proudly boast that
the new Olau Hollandia was the largest ship of her type
serving within the European Community. The magnificent
twins which operated the service were a bold
statement of faith in the sea-lane which links Britain and
The Netherlands. Olau were
confident that their success would continue... Those who experienced the ships would have
no doubts whatever that this confidence was well-founded for without question they
were the most opulent and comfortable vessels ever to serve on the North Sea.
Robert alias OLAU-fan opened a thread in 2005 about Olau. See the link.
Other thread, where Robert alias OLAU-fan is active is about of the sale of Olau Britannia I.
See the link.
Mick alias Graphite has uploaded pictures of some Olau items.
Memories of Olau-Line spread around the world.