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January 2007
Red Funnel Raptors
Red Funnel Ferries introduced their three Raptor class vessels onto the Southampton to Isle of Wight service in the mid 1990's.   Constructed at Fergusons shipyard in Port Glasgow (right) they were originally designed with one main car deck (above left).   However a couple of years ago they were all modified in Poland to have an additional car deck (above right).   Along with Wightlink ferries they continue to provide the only vehicular access to the Isle of Wight from the mainland.
Red Funnel Raptors
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Photo Facts (top to bottom)
Red Eagle, as originally delivered, at Southampton in May 2004
Red Eagle, with additional vehicle deck, at Southampton in October 2006
Red Eagle at Fergusons shipyard in Port Glasgow in September 1995, two months before launch
Red Falcon at Southampton in October 2006
Red Falcon on launch day at Fergusons shipyard in October 1993
Red Osprey as seen from the Hythe Ferry in May 2006
Red Osprey, the first Raptor to be modified with an additional car deck, at Southampton in May 2004
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