SPRING is definitely back in the air with the announcement that Brittany Ferries flagship the Pont-Aven will be joining the Armorique on the Plymouth to Roscoff crossing from Millbay Docks later this week.

Plymouth tugs greeting the Pont-Aven at the Plymouth Breakwater in Jan 2023

The return of Brittany Ferries flagship the Pont-Aven was announced on its (X Twitter feed) today and said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming back Pont-Aven to our Plymouth, Roscoff, Cork, and Santander routes later this week”.

Last year, Plymouth and Brittany celebrated 50 years of our special relationship with Brittany Ferries, and where the first voyage between the city and France took place in 1973. 

That first crossing saw a converted tank-carrier Kerisnel leave Roscoff, carrying a cargo of cauliflowers and cognac, and arrive in Millbay Docks, on January 2, 1973, to a fanfare of local publicity, and the day after the UK joined the common market, now the EU.

Westward Shipping News captured the images of the Pont-Aven’s spectacular entrance into the Sound (Jan 2, 2023) where Plymouth tugs water sprayed the vessel to greet local politicians, dignitaries, and business leaders from both countries at the dockside in Millbay.

The Pont-Aven was especially re-routed for the occasion to celebrate the link, and a special dinner was held to reinforce the entente cordiale between Plymouth and France.