Lake Shipping Company (Pvt) Ltd

Lake Shipping Company (Pvt) Ltd


The Lake Shipping Company (PVT) Ltd was established in the early 1970’s to run a car ferry, named Seahorse and Sealion, to run the length of the Lake Kariba. Bev and Audrey Portman ran the company between the years of 1971 to 1973.

Bev designed both the Sealion and Seahorse and Zimbabwe Coachworks built these ferries. It is believed that the Sealion design was used for the building of Ubique, although the superstructure would be different.

On 12th May, 1972, the company commissioned a hydrofoil at the cost of $250,000 from Cantiere Navale Torro., Messina, Italy. Named the Seaflight, it could speed tourists up the lake while their cars were being ferried on the Sea Horse. The hydrofoil made the trip in 4 hours while the Sea Horse would take 20 hours.

The hydrofoil was shipped from Italy in sections to Kariba and there assembled. The hydrofoil could accommodate 54 passengers seated in aircraft-type seats, and when needed, 6 more were carried, seated in the bar.

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  • James Gavin
  • Audrey Portman
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