The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group welcomed its 4.5 millionth ferry passenger aboard the Scillonian III today (Tuesday May 21st).
Jacky Shepley from Paignton boarded the ferry to visit the Isles of Scilly with her husband and two dogs and was greeted by the company’s Deputy Travel Centre Manager Tammy Matthews, who presented her with a celebratory bottle of fizz and complimentary travel tickets for 2020.
There have been three Scillonian passenger ferries since the Steamship Group began its regular ferry service in 1926, with the current incarnation operating for the last 42 years.
Mrs Shepley said: “We come to Cornwall every year and always wanted to visit the islands. We finally got around to it today as the locals’ offer was a great incentive.
"It was a lovely surprise to find out I was the 4.5 millionth passenger, and I look forward to using our voucher to spend some more time exploring the islands next year.”
Stuart Reid, Managing Director of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, said: “Providing regular and reliable ferry services to the Isles of Scilly is one of the core, fundamental services which the Steamship Group prides itself on offering, providing both a vital lifeline for the islanders who live and work on Scilly and a popular and affordable way to visit this stunning destination for the many thousands of holidaymakers who return to the islands year after year.
“Since 1926, there have been passenger ferries travelling between Penzance and St Mary’s, and it was fantastic to reach the milestone of having transported 4.5 million passengers by ferry this week, and to congratulate our 4.5 millionth passenger in person as they came aboard Scillonian III.”
During the last 42 years, Scillonian III has made more than 9,000 return journeys between the Isles of Scilly and the Cornish mainland and travelled more than 648,000 nautical miles.