Ferries


A ferry is a merchant vessel used to carry passengers, and sometimes vehicles and cargo as well, across a body of water. Most ferries operate regular return services. The term ‘ferries’ on this website covers passenger only vessels, train ferries, car ferries, freight ferries and highspeed vessels such as hovercraft, jetfoils and catamarans.

Ferries Archive

© Tony Garner

TS Caledonian Princess – Past and Present

TS Prince, ex Tuxedo Princess, Caledonian Princess – Steel twin screw steam turbine vessel, built and engined by Wm Denny & Bros, Ltd., Dumbarton, in 1961(Yard No. 1501) for Caledonian Steam Packet Co (Irish Services) Ltd., as a passenger and car ferry.

Nigel Thornton Collection

MV Princesse Astrid – Past and Present

MV Express Erme, ex Express Hermes, Bari Express, Georgios B, Princesse Astrid (II) – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Boelwerf S.A., Temse, (Yard No 1440) for the Belgian Marine Administration’s Ostend service in 1969. Engined by Sulzer Bros, Winterthur.

Nigel Thornton Collection

MV Galloway Princess – Past and Present

MV Le Rif, ex Stena Galloway, Galloway Princess – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by  Harland & Wolff, Belfast (Yard No. 1713), for Sealink U.K. in 1980 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Crossley-Pielstick.

© A G Jones

MV St Christopher – Past and Present

MV European Star, IBN Batouta, ex Stena Antrim, St Christopher – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast (Yard No. 1716) for Sealink U.K. in 1980 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

Nigel Thornton Collection

MV Senlac – Past and Present

MV Apollon, ex  Express Apollon, Apollo Express, Senlac – Steel twin screw motor vessel built at the Arsenal de Brest , (Yard No. CF 3), for the British Railways Board in 1972.

Nigel Thornton Collection

MV Prince Laurent – Past and Present

MV Superferry II, ex Prince Laurent – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by N.V. Boelwerf S. A., Temse, (Yard No. 1477) in 1974 for the Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) Ostend service as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car ferry

© Brian Fisher

MV Princesse-Marie Christine – Past and Present

MV Elegant I, ex Primrose, Princesse-Marie Christine – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Cockerill Yards, Hoboken (Yard No. 878) in 1975 for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) Ostend service as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire

© Bob Scott

MV Saint Eloi – Past and Present

MV Aeolos, ex Moby Love, Moby Love 2, King Orry, Channel Entente, Saint Eloi – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Cantieri Navali di Pietra Ligure, Genoa. Italy (Yard No. 12) for the Societe Anonyme de Navigation Angleterre-Lorraine-Alsace (or A.L.A. for short) in 1972 as a multi-purpose passenger and roll-on roll-off ferry for cars, lorries and railway vehicles.

© Bob Scott

Mv Prinses Maria-Esmeralda – Past and Present

MV Al Arabia, ex Aqaba Express, Beni Ansar, Wisteria, Beni Ansar, Wisteria, Prinses Maria Esmeralda – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Cockerill yards, Hoboken (Yard No. 877) in 1975 for Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT) Ostend service as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry