If you were in Casco Bay between 1982 and 2004, you have certainly seen the majestic Scotia Prince ferry. At the time, it was pretty much the only cruise ship you would see in Portland Harbor. The Prince of Scotland would sail the people from Portland to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The ship was 470 feet long and held 1,120 passengers. The round trip would take around 24 hours. It was quite a fun experience and once the ship was 3 miles from Portland you could gamble in their little casino. The story of this iconic ship after she stopped sailing in Maine is quite an interesting one. In addition to ferry service to aid to hurricane and war victims, the ship ended up traveling the world!
What happened to Prince Scotia?
The Scotia Prince sailed between Maine and Canada from 1982 to 2004. During the summers of 2002 and 2003, a ferry carried people from Tampa to Mexico. In 2004, the folks at Scotia Prince found a ton of mold at the Portland International Marine Terminal and canceled their 2005 season. The City immediately kicked the Prince Scotia out. There were legal proceedings and it was complicated. Prince Scotia was then inactive in Charleston, South Carolina. In an interesting turn, FEMA chartered the ship after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a floating hotel for those made homeless by the storm. He hosted people off New Orleans for six months. The Scotia Prince was sold in 2007 and traveled its Tampa-Cancun route for some time before being resold in 2011.
The new owners brought the Scotia Prince to India, where she provided the first ferry service in over 30 years between Sri Lanka and India. Here is a video of her first mooring in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Looks like it was a big deal! Watch the video; if you were ever on the Scotia Prince it would all sound familiar. The ship was then used to help take Indian citizens from war-torn Libya.
After serving to aid in its second humanitarian crisis, the ship operated as a ferry between Italy and Turkey. Then she was idle in Gibraltar in 2010 and 2011. Unfortunately, in 2012, the Scotia Prince’s voyage came to an end when the ship sold for scrap parts in India.
We found some funny Scotia Prince memorabilia on eBay:
There is this beautiful commemorative glass.
and these pretty Prince Scotia placemats:
We found this video of the audio from some of the Scotia Prince entertainment. The Broadway Lounge was the place to go after a meal in the Concord Dining Room. Long live the Scottish Prince![Photo by Rama, Cc-by-sa-2.0.fr – No Changes Made]
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