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Sundance
Gay Enterprise - Solent Enterprise - Sundance
 
 
This page is devoted to postcards and photographs of the Portsmouth Harbour Ferry Company ferry Gay Enterprise later renamed Solent Enterprise. Since 2005 she has run on the Thames as Sundance for Capital Pleasure Boats
Two modern new vessels were built for the Portsmouth Harbour Ferry Company by Thorneycroft's of Woolston, named Portsmouth Queen and Gosport Queen. They entered service in 1966, and proved to be very reliable once some initial teething troubles were ironed out. Each vessel can carry 500 passengers, an enormous improvement on the earlier vessels, and the two new ships replaced the four previously required at peak periods.
 
The new ferries were joined in 1971 by the larger Gay Enterprise, which ran excursions in the summer, and covered in the winter whilst the other two ferries were overhauled. Gay Enterprise was later renamed Solent Enterprise. She was joined by another excursion vessel, the Southsea Queen, in 1974, a much better-looking ship than the others then in the fleet. Southsea Queen was sold after only four years to the company running the Hythe-Southampton ferries.
 
Following reports of Solent Enterprise being offered for sale, she was photographed on the River Thames in London on 7th April 2005. She was bought by Capital Pleasure Boats, and renamed Sundance. She was later offered for sale again by Capital Pleasure Boats, and was sold to Danish owners for use as a private yacht, leaving the Thames on 10th October 2008. In 2012 she opened as a restaurant in Svendborg, Denmark..
 
 
Company website: Capital Pleasure Boats
 
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Gay Enterprise - Photographs
Solent Enterprise - Postcards
Solent Enterprise - Photographs on the South Coast
Sundance - Photographs on the River Thames
Sundance - Photographs at Copenhagen
Sundance - Photographs at Svendborg
 
 
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Gay Enterprise
Postcards
 
 
Dennis postcard of Gay Enterprise.
Purchased on board in August 1977 whilst on a harbour cruise.
 
 
 
 
 
Gay Enterprise
Photographs
 
Photograph of Gay Enterprise, taken from Viking Victory.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, June 1976.
 
 
Photo: © Ian Boyle, August 1977.
 
 
Photo: © Ian Boyle, August 1977.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Solent Enterprise
Postcards
 
 
Official PHFC postcard of Solent Enterprise.
A retouched version of the card above of Gay Enterprise.
Purchased on board on a cruise from Gosport to Southampton.
 
 
Ferry Publications postcard 0308 of Solent Enterprise.
 
 
Dennis postcard G.1107L of Solent Enterprise at Gosport.
 
 
Dennis postcard G.1107L of Solent Enterprise at Gosport.
The fully enclosed pontoon was built in 1983 - compare with earlier aerial photograph.
 
 
Postcard of Solent Enterprise at Gosport, in blue Gosport Ferry colours received 2001.
 
 
 
 
 
Solent Enterprise
 
Photographs on the South Coast
 
 
Solent Enterprise arriving at Portsmouth
Photo: © Ian Boyle
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Photo: © Ian Boyle
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Solent Enterprise at Gosport
In the blue Gosport Ferry colours received in 2001 - Photo: © Ian Boyle
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Solent Enterprise at Southampton with the QE2
Photo: © Ian Boyle
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Solent Enterprise at Cowes
In the blue Gosport Ferry colours received in 2001 - Photo: © Ian Boyle.
 
 
Solent Enterprise at Cowes
In the blue Gosport Ferry colours received in 2001 - Photo: © Ian Boyle.
 
 
Solent Enterprise at Cowes
In the blue Gosport Ferry colours received in 2001 - Photo: © Ian Boyle.
 
 
Solent Enterprise at Gosport
In the blue Gosport Ferry colours received in 2001 - Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th June 2004.
 
 
Solent Enterprise at Gosport.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th June 2004.
 
 
Solent Enterprise in Southampton Water.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 11th September 2004.
 
 
 
 
 
Sundance
 
Photographs on the Thames
 
 
Solent Enterprise on the River Thames, with cut down funnel.
She was bought by Capital Pleasure Boats and renamed Sundance.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005.
 
 
Solent Enterprise on the River Thames, with cut down funnel.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005.
 
 
Solent Enterprise on the River Thames, with cut down funnel.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 7th April 2005.
 
 
Photo: © Scott Neicho.
 
 
Photo: © Scott Neicho.
 
 
Sundance on the River Thames
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006
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Sundance on the River Thames
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 31st March 2006
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Sundance on the River Thames
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 14th June 2006
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Sundance on the River Thames
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 14th June 2006
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Sundance on a Saturday charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Sundance on a Saturday charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Sundance on a Saturday charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Sundance on a Saturday charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Sundance on a Saturday charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Sundance on a Saturday charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Sundance on a Saturday charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Sundance on a Saturday charter
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd September 2007
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Sundance by Embankment
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 4th October 2007
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Sundance passing Gravesend when leaving the Thames for Denmark
Photo: © Ken Smith, 10th October 2007
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Sundance passing Gravesend when leaving the Thames for Denmark
Photo: © Ken Smith, 10th October 2007
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Sundance
 
Photographs at Copenhagen

Sundance was sold to a Danish owner and has been converted into a private yacht at Copenhagen. Her forward funnel has been raised again.


Sundance at Copenhagen as a private yacht
Photo: Michael Madsen 2009 - All images link to larger copies
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Sundance
 
Photographs at Svendborg

Sundance opened as a floating restaurant in Svendborg in 2012. It is also possible to stay B&B onboard Sundance.

Official website:- www.cafesundance.dk/1-cafe-restaurant-ovarnatning.html



Sundance at Copenhagen as a private yacht
Photo: 2012 Peter Therkildsen - All images link to larger copies
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