Condor Ferries is celebrating a major milestone as COMMODORE Shipping (now known as Condor Freight) celebrates seven decades providing lifeline freight services to the Channel Islands. Commodore’s inaugural service began in September 1947 when its vessel, the ‘Red Commodore’, arrived in St Peter Port Harbour, as a freight only operation between Guernsey, Alderney and Sark.
She was soon joined by two other ships as the company expanded services to the UK and by 1950, had started to carry passengers between the islands in the Bailiwick. Changes embraced over the years include the move from cargo to container and to the more recent roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) shipping plus the development of shore-side operations.
Today, the company conveys 80% of all supplies to the Channel Islands from the UK. Current services from Portsmouth to Jersey, Guernsey and St Malo are sustained by the freight-only Commodore Goodwill and the mixed passenger and freight ship Commodore Clipper which, together, cover 3,000 nautical miles each week – the same distance as Jersey to New York.