|BELOW: The finished product! Vortigern seen either on sea trials or just after entering service - it would be another four years before the ship acquired the 'Sealink' legend on her hull. The BR artist's impression has captured the completed ship relatively well, despite overstating the size of the superstructure windows and making the upper passenger deck rather shorter than it turned out to be.|
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|BELOW: Prior to her entering service, Vortigern featured in the June 1969 edition of 'News from British Rail' - BR's series of public information sheets "for all who have an interest in transport policy, planning and development".
The black and white Vortigern feature included a picture of the ship's launch and a part-cutaway profile view. Ominously for this part-train ferry, one of the other items featured in the bulletin was a detailed outline of the Kent terminals of the proposed channel tunnel, this being the scheme abandoned in the 1970s.
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|BELOW: Another picture of Vortigern on launching day, this time just after leaving the slipway at Swan Hunters'. Picture courtesy Roy Thornton Collection|
|BELOW: The same cut-away drawing as seen above, this time in colour.|
|See also the Vortigern's inaugural brochure|
|ABOVE & BELOW: Two views of the Vortigern on the stocks at Swan Hunters' Tyneside Neptune yard. Pictures courtesy Roy Thornton Collection|