Parkeston Quay officially opened by Charles
H. Parkes, Chairman of the
Great Eastern Railway Company.
Service between Parkeston Quay and the
Hook of Holland began.
Parkeston Quay was requisitioned by the
Admiralty for naval purposes until.
The quay suffered extensive damage in
air raids during the war.
The Carless refinery opened next to the
"MS Winston Churchill" was introduced
to Harwich – Esbjerg route.
Sisterships "Koningin Emma" and "Prinses
Beatrix" served the Harwich Hook of Holland
route from the end of the Second World
War until this year, when they were finally
scrapped. This same year saw the route
convert to a freight/passenger service
with the introduction of the "Koningin
The 130-metre ro-ro ship "St Edmund"
came into service and remained on the
route until being requisitioned by the
UK Ministry of Defence in 1982 during
the Falklands conflict.
After a naming ceremony in London, "MS
Dana Anglia" entered service on Esbjerg
The "St Nicholas", the largest superferry
on the North Sea at that time, commenced
service from Harwich.
Passengers through the port exceeded
2 million for the first time this year.
The "Koningin Beatrix", with capacity
for up to 2,100 passengers, joined the Hook
Last call of the MS Braemar and end of
the summer service to Kristiansand, Norway,
which had been operated by Fred Olsen
Lines since 1967.
Construction of No.2 linkspan was completed,
in readiness for vessels of
200 metres loa.
The number of trade vehicles moving through
the port peaked at nearly 270,000 in
A £12 million development was completed
to accommodate the "Stena
Discovery" fast ferry.
Harwich International Port became part
of Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd.
A day to remember – 29 August saw
the berthing of three cruise ships
Stena launched a new freight route to
Rotterdam in September, providing
three crossings per day and coinciding with the opening of a new port
access road and freight entrance.
A fond farewell to the last of the "white
ships" serving Harwich, as the "Dana
Anglia" and "Admiral of Scandinavia"
were replaced by modern ro-pax vessels