Portsmouth ferries play host to unusual cargo

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PORTSMOUTH’S ferries are used to playing host to a range of unusual cargo, but never before a live tiger, giant baby elephant and a lifeboat.

The lifeboat was taking part in the jubilee pageant on the Thames on Sunday, and was shipped on board a Condor ferry from Jersey to Portsmouth.

The Howard D, Jersey’s first motorised lifeboat, served as the island’s lifeboat throughout the Second World War before returning to the UK.

Recently, passengers waiting to cross to France with Brittany Ferries did a double take when they realised the bed of a large lorry was carrying a giant seven-month-old baby.

The artwork was travelling to a new home in Monaco, via Brittany Ferries’ Portsmouth to Caen route, on board the Mont St Michel. The £5m sculpture is by renowned British artist Marc Quinn and was until recently on display in the grounds of Chatsworth House.

Also transported was Natalia, a three-year-old Amur tiger, moving from the Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland to Jardin Zoologico in Portugal.