Danish ferry operator DFDS Seaways has created a new app showing the evolution of sea-faring vessels through a selection of famous ships, including The Golden Hind, the SS Great Eastern, and the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The app Voyage through time features detailed illustrations of each vessel, along with interactive info buttons to provide insight into each ship’s workings and design.
There’s also a scale to give you an idea of the size of each vessel, and the option to hear music or sounds relating to each, such as ancient Viking music or the clanging and churning of the SS Great Eastern.
The unique history of each ship can be read by clicking on ‘Her Story’ with some remarkable facts and legends associated with the vessels, such as rumors of skeletons in the hull of Brunel’s Great Eastern, and the value of the vast treasure that Sir Francis Drake brought back to England from his circumnavigation of the globe.
Another section of the app charts a history of DFDS Seaways’ own fleet, from the formation of the company in 1866, to its present day operations and acquisitions. You can also see a few interesting stats, including the number of coffees made onboard the Dover-Calais route in a single year.
The ferry company is one of the largest in Europe, and has expanded its operations in recent years with the acquisition of Norfolkline in 2010, and the addition of its two Dover- France routes. It now operates routes throughout Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea, as well as routes between the UK, France, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
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