Brittany Ferries: Salamanca’s first commercial crossing, with onions on board…



This Sunday, March 27, 2022, Salamanca will operate its first commercial crossing from Portsmouth to Bilbao with 600 passengers. The brand new vessel will return weekly between Cherbourg and Portsmouth, in addition to two weekly rotations between these ports in the United Kingdom and Spain.

The first freighter on Salamanca, Thursday 24 March, echoes the company’s history and tradition, which almost 50 years ago already saw its first ship, the Kerrisnell, leave Roscoff with fine vegetable production on board. On January 2, 1973, Roskoff’s pink onions were among the local produce onboard, while the day before, the United Kingdom had just joined the European Economic Community.

“We come by land but we turn to sea”

150 braids of onions from Roscoff began in Cherbourg in Salamanca’s garage and were presented to guests during the ship’s opening in Portsmouth this Friday, March 25. “At Brittany Ferry, we come by land but we turn to the sea,” said Jean-Marc Roue, chairman of Brittany Ferry’s supervisory board. “Nothing better symbolizes this relationship than Roskoff’s pink onion,” he continued. They were part of the first shipment of Brittany Ferry between France and the UK fifty years ago. On behalf of the Breton farming community and all our sailors, I am proud to present this special gift to our British friends, as a token of continued partnership and friendship. After Portmouth, Salamanca will head to Bilbao in Spain where an opening ceremony is also scheduled for March 29.

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