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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 Dundalk - Past and Present

Mv Dundalk – Past and Present

MV Theseus, ex St Cybi, Stena Sailer, Dundalk – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1974 by Verolme Cork Dockyards Ltd, Cork, Ireland (Yard No. 874), for Allied Irish Bank Ltd, (British & Irish Steam Packet Co.) Dublin, Ireland as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry

© Ken Larwood

MV Duchesse Anne – Past and Present

MV Dubrovnik, ex Duchesse Anne, Connacht – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 at Verolme Cork Dockyards Ltd, Cork, Ireland (Yard No 955) for B&I Steam Packet Co, Dublin, Ireland as a passenger and vehicle roll-on roll-off ferry.

Spirit of Independence - Past and Present

Spirit of Independence – Past and Present

MV Derin Deniz, ex Happy Dolphin, Spirit of Independence, Innisfallen – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1969 as a passenger and vehicle ferry by Werft Nobiskrug GmbH, Rendsburg, Germany (Yard No 660) for B&I Line, Dublin

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 No 367) for J.A. Reinecke & Company, Germany as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry

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 (Yard No. 90 ), for Alander Frachtschiff GmbH, Hamburg as a roll-on and roll-off passenger and commercial vehicle ferry

© 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, built by J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft GmbH & Co. Ltd,. in Hamburg in 1973 for S F Line of Finland (Yard No 702). Originally named AURELLA, a passenger, roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

Roy Thornton Collection

Mv Reine Astrid (II) – Past and Present

MV Al Mansour, ex Reine Astrid (II), Stena Nautica, Hellas, Stena Nordica – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Rickmers Werft. GmbH, Bremerhaven in 1975 (Yard No. 382) for Stena Ab, Goteborg as a roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry.