Thursday, June 20, 2013
Ten Things You Didn't Know About TransEuropa
1. The 'Trans' in TransEuropa is short for 'transvestite', as the company was founded in 1948 by Lichtenstein-based cross-dresser Maurie 'Mary' Mosenberg.
2. TransEuropa's first regular shipping assignment was ferrying proboscis monkeys from Zeebrugge to Harwich for Billy Smart's Circus.
3. In 1967 the company developed a nuclear powered hovercraft, although this project was dropped after failing to get certification from the UK Atomic Energy Authority.
4. In its heyday, TransEuropa's ferries used the entire oil output of Nigeria every year.
5. During each crossing between Ramsgate and Ostend, hungry truck drivers used to consume on average 4,953 burgers, and a staggering 6,832 sausages!
6. More loo roll was used on the company's ships each year than during the entire 2012 London Olympics.
7. The oddest cargo ever carried was a refrigerated container of wigs for BBC celebrities.
8. Every ferry in the TransEuropa fleet had a secret compartment for the owner's Bentley.
9. On one of TransEuropa's ferries, nicknamed The Golden Behind, there was a toilet made out of 18 carat gold in the captain's cabin.
10. Laid end-to-end, 3.4m pound coins would stretch all the way from Ramsgate to Margate, a distance of nearly five miles!
That's enough ferry facts - Ed.