It is amazing to consider that Sealink UK Ltd - the former railway-owned nationalised ferry company - ceased to exist as long ago as 1984 and yet there are many who still remember the operator with affection and nostalgia. Privatised by the Thatcher Government in that year, with a new livery it then became James Sherwood's Sealink British Ferries until succumbing to a hostile take-over bid from the Swedish ferry giant Stena Line in 1990. Old habits die hard and every Sealink port retained its own individuality and practices throughout this period. Many of the earlier ships were products of the 'Big Four' railway companies and were specifically built for the services on which they operated. Frequently restrained by the government of the day's reluctance to invest in new tonnage, fleet replacement was slow and so second-hand ships, many of Scandinavian origin, were drafted in to keep the services running. This book contains the thoughts and reminiscences of many of those who either worked for or were associated with the company throughout its history until the name 'Sealink' was finally dropped by the Swedes at the end of 1995.