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Famous North Sea ferry to be scrapped
The Norland leaving the UK for the Falkland Islands in 1982

A former Hull ferry, which played a key role in the Falklands War, is finally heading for the scrapyard.

The Norland sailed the North Sea route between Hull, Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.

The 27,000 tonne car ferry came into service in 1974 and spent 28 years on the nightly journey from Hull to the Continent.

During the Falklands War in 1982 the ship was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence as a troopship.

The Norland was involved in landing Royal Marines and other forces in San Carlos Water. The ship came under attack from Argentine aircraft.

The skipper of the Norland during the Falklands War was Captain Don Ellerby. He recalled, in an BBC interview at the time, his feelings on sailing into a war zone:

"Not knowing what to expect. Whether there were mines or anybody waiting for us. We just knew nothing, it was just, everything was so quiet and we just steamed in. It was quite a worry."

After the conflict the Norland resumed service on the North Sea route until 2002, when it was replaced by larger vessels.

It was sold to an Italian company and finished its years sailing between Naples and Palermo.

The Norland and her sister ship, the Norstar, will be broken up in India.

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