Collection from Europe and arrival in Newark NY
August to September 2017
on the number above to follow our journey the arrow showing where you are.
being loaded on to the Tiger Vallenta in Bremaharven 22 August the ship sails
to New Jersey via Zeebrugge and Southampton
Fortnam's car in Southampton ready for collection.
Itinerary click here
Livant, George Ormsby, Kathleen Ormsby, and Jesse, arrived as requested
by Dudley at 3PM at the firm's office.
The ship, which can carry 7,000 vehicles, initially had to discharge
BMW vehicles it had taken on at Bremmerhaven to another dock in Newport.
So we went for something to eat, and returned in time.
We donned our yellow reflective vests, and were driven over to the
ship, and walked up five floors to the first 8 vehicles. Three of
those cars had flat batteries for some unexplained reason; lights
The Coupe with 12 volt conversion was simply flat and it started with
a battery pack. A Coupe and a Combi, I believe started with a spray
of starter fluid which Dyck had brought along. He is familiar with
this problem. I saw him in action in Chichuau, Mexico.
We started all these vehicles, and made sure they were warmed up.
Because of the Steevedors' Union, we did not drive the vehicles to
the parking area on land. We then walked up to the next floor, and
started up the next 5 vehicles. We were not happy about some of the
drivers, so did our best to ensure they understood about having the
hand brake rotated and pushed right down fully.
There were still about 1,500 vehicles to land, Rovers, Mercedes, and
Nissans I believe. We looked at the cars in the parking area later
to be sure the keys had been removed from the ignition switchs.
Jesse was filming the exit of each vehicle from the hold of the ship
while we were upstairs.
Jessie our Filmmaker on the bridge
taking photographs while we're taking snaps" - Colin Fortnam
Livant, George Ormsby, Kathleen Ormsby
checking out the incredible view
little warm sunshine to greet the weary sea travellers
safe and cozy waiting for there owners so they can hit the road, the largest
number of Borgwards landing in the US since 1961
York pictures by Jessie Calhoun