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All Aboard! 'Crystal Palace' Ship Sets Sail

4 December 2018

Many fans like to show their support for the club in weird and wonderful ways, but perhaps Dave Ashton and Max Oldspoke are the two who have taken this furthest...

Specifically, they're taking it all the way to New Zealand!

The Eagles are set to sail as Ravensdown Shipping Services have recently bought ownership of a colossal Japanese vessel that they've named the Crystal Palace. It's the second ship the company have named this, after their previous red and blue painted craft seemingly didn't fly the flag for south London clearly enough on its own.

So when owners Ashton and Oldspoke lay their hands on this magnificent ship as charterers, their agreement with Fukujin, a Japanese shipowning company, allowed the pair to name the vessel and the perfect opportunity to spread Palace's name further and wider presented itself!

Australian colleagues - fans of former skipper Mile Jedinak - agreed on the name change and so too did Fukujin, who helped to re-paint the vessel in order to facilitate the switch.

Now, the Crystal Palace will travel to various parts of Asia before heading to New Zealand and then moving on to either India or China, transporting different products as it does.

It's quite the leap from SE25! But international fandom isn't uncommon for the Palace, and there are official supporters' clubs across the world. Some may even be able to keep an eye out for the Palace vessel, as it sails to Hong Kong where the Hong Kong Eagles reside as well as having co-owners in Sydney, home to the Crystal Palace Sydney Supporters.

If you follow the Eagles from abroad, check out where the nearest club is to you now!

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