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The British and Irish Steam Packet Company (B&I Line)


Company Overview


The British and Irish Steam Packet Company (B&I Line) was a steam packet and passenger ferry company operating between ports in Ireland and in Great Britain between 1836 and 1992. It was latterly popularly called the B&I, and branded as B + I line. The company ran into major financial problems in 1981, this and labour disputes persisted into the early 1992 when the company was privatised and taken over by the Irish Continental Group, today trading as Irish Ferries.

MV Clare - Past and Present

MV Clare – Past and Present

MV Clare, ex Dana Baltica, Vinzia E, Wesertal – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1972 by Rickmers Werft, Bremerhaven, (Yard

MV Anu, Past and Present

MV Anu, Past and Present

MV Fjardvagen, ex Norman Commodore, Sir Lamorak – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1972 by Ankerlökken Verft A/S, Florø, Norway

© Ted Ingham

MV Saint Patrick II – Past and Present

MV CTMA Vacancier, ex City of Cork, Ville de Sete, Egnatia II, Saint Patrick II, Aurella – Steel twin screw motor vessel,