Scillonian III made her first trip to the islands of the new season today.
The ship was last seen in St Mary’s Harbour on November 4th last year.
One passenger said the journey was not ideal but it was good to see the vessel back in action.
Jon Mackenzie said: "We set off 15 minutes late, the engine cut out half way across and we arrived 55 minutes late at St Mary's. So what can I say? Dodgy start, tailed off a bit in the middle and the less said about the end the better. But other than that it was absolutely perfect and I was thrilled to be on the first sailing of the season."
Scillonian III has been undergoing maintenance throughout the winter. All the systems are tested, surveyed and passed, including onboard fire protection systems and lifesaving equipment.
Isles of Scilly Travel recently announced that the ship will make double sailings in the peak summer months this year.
Free Scillonian tickets can be won later this month as part of the ferry industry’s first public ballot.
Photo by John Stickland.