Scillonian III Commences 35th Year Of Service

Captain Pete Crawford and Purser, Marcia Still

The Scillonian III started passenger services to and from our islands yesterday, for its 35th year in service on the route.

On May 19th, there’ll be some birthday celebrations and an earlier sailing to give boat users extra time to mark the occasion

Yesterday 132 people sailed over from Penzance and 50 passengers took the repainted boat back to the mainland yesterday afternoon.

Speaking from the Bridge, Captain Pete Crawford says he couldn’t have a better office to work in, with the fantastic views of the coastline and the wildlife en route to the islands.

He says that looking after the passengers is the most important part of the job and he recognises the regular visitors to Scilly each year. In fact, He says he had people on board yesterday morning who were on the last boat out in October.

Marcia celebrates her 50th birthday on board yesterday

Purser, Marcia Still, who is in charge of customer care and started with the company in 1980, says she’s pleased to be sailing again.

Like Captain Crawford, Marcia says there are some passengers who always like to be on the first sailing of the year and she recognised them coming over yesterday morning.

Marcia says she loves coming over to Scilly and loves the job, which she says can be pretty varied, particularly dealing with bad weather.

And yesterday was a special celebration for Marcia as the crew surprised her with a cake for her 50th birthday although the candles set off the smoke detectors on board!