MV Masarrah, ex Express Aphrodite, Stena Adventurer, Stena Hibernia, St Columba – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Aalborg Vaerft A/S, Aalborg, Denmark in 1977 (Yard No 214) for Sealink UK Ltd, as a passenger and roll-on roll-off vehicle ferry.
Introduced on the night of the 14th-15th October 1936, the Night Ferry was an international sleeper train operating between London Victoria and Paris Gare du Nord. In later years Brussels was also served. The service was operated by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, SNCF (French National Railways) and the Southern Railway.
After the transfer of much of British Rail’s classical passenger services to Folkestone and to relieve the heavily used ramps at the Eastern Docks, a new car ferry berth was to be constructed inside the knuckle of the Admiralty Pier.