|THE B DECK AFT BAR, DISCO & AFT LOBBY
|As built the aft lounge on B Deck provided another bar facility, this time fitted with fixed upright seating in the centre sections and small semi-circular booths on the outside, beneath the windows. As in the side lounges, luggage racks were slung (in as stylish a way as possible) from the deckheads, demonstrating Sealink's continuing dutiful service to the foot passenger trade, much of which made their way to the ports using the services of the railway companies which indirectly owned the ship.
Just aft of this was the discotheque, previously seen on sisters Hengist and Horsa and fitted out in a similar style with the same double-thickness bulkheads to provide protection from the noise for passengers in the adjacent lounge. The disco was later converted to a TV/Video lounge whilst the ship was still with Sealink.
In later Greek service, this dividing bulkead was removed and the disco area appended to the bar just in front to create an enlarged economic class saloon. The original fixed seating was also removed and replaced by free-standing chairs and additional semi-circular sofa seating, possible re-used from the upper bar which has had the original booths completely removed.
As this space is now the first saloon foot passengers enter upon boarding, it tends to be the busiest of all the lounges.
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|Top: The aft bar on Hengist in 1972. That of Senlac was identical in fitting, with the disco located just aft of this space.|
|Below: Section from the Hengist's original GA for the aft part of B Deck, showing the aft bar with the discotheque just aft.|
|Below: Looking forward in the aft lounge in 2000, showing how the original fixed seating has been completely replaced. (Picture courtesy Richard Seville)|
|Below: By 2003 when the picture below was taken, the bar (as with all such outlets on board) had assumed the Everest brand found aboard most of the Hellas Ferries fleet). In the intervening period all of the free-standing chairs have been re-upholstered.|
|Below: This is what has become of Senlac's discotheque - with the dividing bulkhead removed it merely forms an aft part of the lounge. This is the view looking across to port - the windows visible to the left have at some stage been punched through the aft wall.
The style of fitting and colour scheme falls squarely into the Greek Ferry Bland category.
|Below: Just forward of the aft bar is the main lobby, complete with purser's office. This is the view looking directly across to starboard.
The laminate flooring is a recent addition; as built this area, as with much of the ship and her sisters, was completed with dark khaki floor panels.
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