7th January 1972

Guernsey Fisher makes its maiden voyage

Guernsey Fisher was a cargo ship built by James Fisher & Sons Ltd in 1971. It set sail for the Channel Islands for the very first time on 7 January 1972, with her maiden route linking Southampton and Guernsey. Weighing 1537 tons and stretching to just over 82m, she was the sister ship to the similarly-named Jersey Fisher. James Fisher & Sons retained ownership of the both ships and leased them to British Rail, which used them to provide a cargo service under its Sealink livery.

Despite her name, she didn’t always ply the seas between Guernsey and the mainland. Online forum posts from crew who worked on her through the 1970s and 1980s detail routes serving Portsmouth, Dublin, Le Havre, Garston and Belfast.

A name with a history

This particular Guernsey Fisher wasn’t the first ship to bear that name, either. Newspaper reports from the middle of the 19th century detail another Guernsey Fisher serving various British ports.

As is often the case, the Guernsey Fisher that set out on 7 January 1972 was sold and renamed several times during her working life. In the mid–1980s she was re-registered as Scafell and in the 1990s as Sveti Jere. She has since been decommissioned, after another couple of name changes – to Pine Coaster and eventually to Miramar – under the latter of which she was re-registered in Togo.

Her sister ship, Jersey Fisher, became the Commodore Challenger.


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Other events that occured in January

Alderney elects its first president 1st
Guille and Alles open their library 2nd
Guernsey bans smoking in public places 3rd
Guernsey Press registers its domain 4th
Guernsey Zoo is sold as a going concern 5th
Guernsey opens its wartime files
Guernsey Police moves to its new headquarters 6th
Guernsey Fisher makes its maiden voyage 7th
Work begins on the Val des Terres 8th
A hotel porter goes on trial for murder 9th
Guernsey Police Service appoints its first inspector 10th
Royal theft inquiry heads to Guernsey 11th
Channel Express Airways plane crashes in Guernsey 12th
Sibyl Hathaway, Dame of Sark, is born 13th
Channel Television disappears 14th
Benefactor Osmond de Beauvoir Priaulx dies 15th
MV Prosperity is wrecked at Perelle 16th
Guernsey’s Royal Court sits for the first time 17th
Doctor Who travels to Guernsey 18th
Channel 4 gameshow Treasure Hunt comes to Guernsey 19th
Hanois Lighthouse is cut off by the weather 20th
Guernsey-built prototype plane crashes 21st
Guernsey Steam Tramway stops running 22nd
Radiant Med sinks with loss of life 23rd
Guernsey wins gold at the Commonwealth Games 24th
Sark is awarded Dark-Sky status 25th
Guernsey passengers are battered by storms 26th
Sir Isaac Newton has his say on a mysterious Guernsey invention 27th
Guernsey’s last witch trial takes place 28th
Guernsey poet George Métivier is born 29th
The States of Guernsey proposes a new airport 30th
Guernsey lifeboat performs a chemical tanker rescue 31st