ON BOARD ST CHRISTOPHER AS IBN BATOUTA
1: Car Decks & Boat Deck Forward Bar
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Above: The Ibn Batouta clearly betrays her history as we board over the stern ramp.
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Above: Looking forward on the lower vehicle deck; little has changed in this area since the ship's move to the Strait of Gibraltar.
Above: A view of the upper vehicle deck, looking forward.
Above: At the stern end of the upper car deck, with the partially-open area originally provided for the carriage of hazourdous freight.
Above & below: At the forward end of the ship's upper vehicle deck, showing the guillotine door which enclosed the deck and the ship's bell. It was the door pictured here which was split open by violent seas during the Great Storm of Octobe 1987 when the ship, as St Christopher, was nealrly lost.
Above & below: Familiar features: Above, a Sealink British Ferries-era sign on the upper vehicle deck. Below, one of the car deck stairwells, typical of this class of ship.
Above & below: The main bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck, is virtually unchanged from its final Stena incarnation as the imaginatively-named Forward Bar. In essence, this space's current structure dates from the 1987 refits. These views are looking forward (above) and aft (below).
Above: The bar counter at the forward end of the space retains Stena-era black and white tiling around the base but is otherwise unaltered from when it was added in 1987.
Above: In 2003, the ship retained virtually throughout the Stena Line carpetting, with stylised 'S', which was added fleet-wide during the 1990s. The small stools with very heavy (and therefore very stable) bases seen here were a characteristic feature of the refitted forward bars.
Above & below: Aft in the bar can be found a video games which retains its Stena Line 'Video Warp' branding.
Above: The entrance to the Forward Bar on the starboard side at the aft end of the space.