Lion Ferry


Lion Ferry was a Swedish ferry company which operated passenger and freight ferry services in Scandinavia and North America. The company commenced operations in 1960 on the Halmstad – Aarhus route.

In 1965 the Norwegian operator Europafergen was acquired. In 1973 the company formed a joint venture with Irish Shipping and Fearnley & Eger to form Irish Continental Line to open a new ferry route from Rosslare (Ireland) to Le Havre (France).

Irish Shipping went into liquidation in 1984 and Irish Continental Line was sold off in a management buyout emerging as the Irish Continental Group.

In 1970 Lion Ferry opened a new route between Portland (USA) and Yarmouth (Canada), however this route closed in 1976.

In 1985 Lion Ferry was acquired by Stena Line but continued to operate as a separate company within the Stena Group. In 1995 the company opened a new route from Karlskrona (Sweden) to Gdynia (Poland).

In 1997 following a reorganisation Lion Ferry was rebranded Stena Line.

Lion Ferry Archive

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MV Saint Colum I – Past and Present

MV Express P Ex Express Poseidon, Poseidon Express 2, Dimitrios Express, Kadia Express, Dimitrios Express, Saint Colum I, Saint Patrick (I) Saint […]

MV Reine Mathilde - Past and Present

MV Reine Mathilde – Past and Present

MV Beauport, ex Reine Mathilde, Prince of Brittany, Prince of Fundy – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1970 by Schiffbau-Gesellschaft Unterweser, AG, Bremerhaven (Yard No. 477), for Lion Ferry Ab, Halmstad as a roll-on, roll-off passenger and vehicle ferry

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MV Norrona – Past and Present

MV Logos Hope, ex Norrona, Gustav Vasa – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Werft Nobiskrug Rendsburg Germany (Yard No 678) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry for Lion Ferry Ab, Halmstad

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MV Niels Klim – Past and Present

MV Stena Nautica, ex Lion King II, Lion King, Isle of Innisfree, Niels Klim – Steel motor vessel, built by Nakskov Skibsværft A/S, Denmark (233) for DSB (Danish State Railways) in 1986 (Yard No 234) as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

MV Prinsessan Christina (II) - Past and Present

MV Prinsessan Christina (II) – Past and Present

MV Aqua Solution, ex Wind Solution, Palau, Commodore, Stena Prince, Lion Prince, Europafarjan I, Stena Nordica, Prinsessan Christina, Safe Christina, Prinsessan Christina II – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1969 at Aalborg Værft, A/S, Ålborg, Denmark (Yard No 180) for Rederi AB, Goteborg Frederikshavn Linjen, Sweden (operating under the name of Sessan Linjen) as a passenger and vehicle ferry