M/S Scandinavica departing from Gothenburg
Scandinavica was chartered by Stena Line during 1978-81, but started life as the Bolero, built in 1973 for a consortium including Lion Ferry by Dubigeon-Normandie S.A. Prairie au doc, Nantes. She is a near sister ship of Southern Ferries' Eagle and the Massalia of Paquet. She operated for Lion Ferry as Prince of Fundy II in the summers of 1973-76 between Portland, Maine, USA and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. During the winters she cruised for Commodore Cruise Lines, in which Lion Ferry also had interests. From 1976-78 she was chartered to Bergen Line on the route Bergen/Stavanger/Kristiansand-Newcastle. From 1978-78 She was chartered to Stena Line as Scandinavica. From 1981-91 she operated as Bolero for Fred Olsen on North Sea services. In 1991 Bolero passed to Color Line as the Jupiter, operating between Kristiansand-Hirtshals and Oslo-Hirtshals until 1994. She has since served as the Crucero Express, Seminole Express and Magic I.
An interesting note is the ferry terminal at the bottom of the picture, long fallen into disuse, but at that time in 1981 still used by small ferries for crossing the Göta Älv, the river that flows through the centre of Gothenburg. I only realised this today, while scanning this picture (from a colour negative), as I had thought that when the Älvsborgsbron suspension bridge off the right of the picture was opened in 1967 I had thought the cross-river ferries had ceased. Although I took the photograph, I had completely forgotten about these ferries still operating!
Picture added on 28 February 2008