|VORTIGERN AT THE SCRAPYARD|
|After the Nisos Limnos was sold for scrap in late 2004, she was renamed Limon which was her name for the delivery voyage to the scrappers. Arriving in Alang, India in the early weeks of 2005, scrapping started almost immediately and within just a couple of weeks the final British train ferry was no more.
These pictures were taken on board the Limon after the ship arrived in India and accompanying them here are comparative ones, mostly from the Nisos Limnos' final Summer season. An extended stay in Lavrion after retirement but prior to the ship's departure from Greece had kept the SAOS Ferries staff busily employed and large quantities of usable fittings and equipment were removed from the Limon at this stage. Thus the ship is seen here in very much a "stripped down" state. It would not be unexpected, especially given the thrifty nature of SAOS, for fittings once found on the former Vortigern to re-appear for re-use on other members of the company's fleet at a later date.
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|ABOVE & BELOW: The Limon's bridge was remarkably unchanged from its original guise (below).|
|ABOVE: The aft lounge on B Deck had received new tables, seating and laminate flooring in its centre section in an unexpectedly extensive Hellas Ferries refit at the turn of the century. The same space is seen here with all of the new fittings, including the flooring, completely stripped out by SAOS. The view is looking directly astern; on either side the banks of reclining seats have been left untouched.|
|ABOVE: Another view of the aft lounge, this time looking forward to the bar counter and the small shop on the starboard side.|
|BELOW: The same space as it was in the ship's final months of service, July 2004.|
|ABOVE & BELOW: Comparative views of the forwardmost of the port side lounges on B Deck, at the scrapyard (above, January 2005) and in service (below, July 2004). The laminate flooring installed by Hellas Ferries has again been removed, as have the framed prints from the bulkheads.|
|TOP: The Limon on the beach at Alang. (Click on image for larger version).|
|ABOVE & BELOW: The forward lounge on B Deck was stripped of the artwork from the walls as well as some of the table tops, although it is otherwise rather less changed than its counterpart astern.|
|BELOW: The forward lounge in July 2004.|
|ABOVE & BELOW: The oval shaped forward section of the former self-service restaurant (latterly the Distinguished Class lounge) on A Deck seen before (below) and after (above) the ship headed for India.|
|ABOVE & BELOW: Adjacent to the oval was a separate section on the port side which served in later years as the Distinguised Class restaurant. These comparative views are looking astern. In the picture taken in India (above), it can be seen in the far distance that the Vortigern mosaic by Eberhard Schulze and Hans Unger which had sailed with the ship since 1969 and was latterly located on the stern bulkhead of this space, had been removed prior to scrapping. It has reportedly found a new home in the country house of the ship's last staff captain.The ship's bell meanwhile has likewise been kept by the ship's final master.|