fbb was cautious in his thoughts; thinking back to the spectacular failure of Cowes Express and the brief life of Puffin Cruises. But the managing director's entry on "LinkedIn" is very optimistic if a little out of date. fbb has amended to text to include the start of the Cowes to Portsmouth route which "LinkedIn" said was "coming" in 2016.
It came at the beginning of November 2015.
Hmm. The Lymington timetable was changed quite quickly ...
The Yarmouth to Lymington route is going from strength to strength, and from the second of January we’re actually putting a bus on of our own running direct from the harbour master pontoon in Lymington to Brockenhurst train station, which means people from Yarmouth will be able to get to Brockenhurst in about 30 minutes direct.
The LinkedIn entry then continued. Well it didn't; but fbb has applied a little editorial update.
This was followed by Cowes to Portsmouth in November 2015 using two larger ferries..
Here things are less encouraging. After a brief period of running a two boat service roughly every 45 minutes ...
It's very different today!
And here is an lovely atmospheric shot of a night time landing!
We all know that Santa Claus is a corruption of St Nicholas; and the urban myth is that the red-coated fbb-style chubby one was created by Coca Cola.
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.