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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.

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MV European Clearway – Past and Present

MV Via Mare, ex Begonia, Panther, European Clearway – Steel twin screw motor vessel, intended primarily as a commercial vehicle ferry, built and engined by Schichau Unterweser A.G., Bremen (Yard No. 2263) in 1975 for the Monarch Steamship Company, like Townsend’s, a subsidiary of the European Ferries Group

© Fotoflite, Stéphane Poulain Collection

nf Panther – Past and Present

MV Faye, ex St Sunniva, nf Panther, Lasse II, Lasse, Djursland – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built and engined by the Helsingør Skibsværft og Maskinbyggeri, Aktieselskab, Helsingor, (Yard No. 399) for Jydsk Færgefart A/S in 1972

© 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

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MV European Enterprise – Past and Present

MV Star Fighter, ex Gardenia, European Endeavour, European Enterprise – Steel twin screw motor vessel, intended primarily as a commercial vehicle ferry, built and engineered by Schichau Unterweser A.G., Bremen (Yard No. 2275) in 1977 for the Monarch Steamship Company, like Townsend’s, a subsidiary of the European Ferries Group.

© Fotoflite, Roy Thornton Collection

MV Autocarrier – Past and Present

MV Ischia, ex Autocarrier, Royal Sovereign (IV) – Steel twin-screw motor vessel, built and engined by Denny’s of Dumbarton (Yard No 1413) for the General Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. in 1948 as an excursion steamer

Nigel Thornton Collection

MV Lion – Past and Present

MV Adinda Listara 101, ex Portelet, Baroness M, Portelet, Lion – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Cammell, Laird of Birkenhead in 1967 for Messrs. Burns & Laird (Yard No. 1326) as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car ferry for the Irish Channel service. Engined by Crossley Bros Ltd, of Manchester

© Brian Fisher

MV Free Enterprise VIII – Past and Present

MV Romilda – ex Pride of Canterbury, Free Enterprise VIII – Steel triple screw vessel built for Townsend Thoresen in 1974 by Verolme Scheepswerf, Alblasserdam, N.V., near Rotterdam (Yard No. 862), a part of Verolme United Shipyards. Engined by Stork-Werkspoor Diesel, Amsterdam.

Roy Thornton Collection

MV Free Enterprise VII – Past and Present

MV BSP III – ex MV Pride of Rathlin, Pride of Walmer, Free Enterprise VII – Steel triple screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Werf “Gusto”, Schiedam, (Yard No. CO 882) for Townsend’s in 1973 as a passenger and roll-on-roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Stork-Werkspoor Diesel, Amsterdam.

Roy Thornton Collection

MV Free Enterprise VI – Past and Present

MV Pride of El Salam 95 – ex Pride of Ailsa, Pride of Sandwich, Free Enterprise VI – Steel triple screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Werf “Gusto”, Schiedam, (Yard No. CO 881) for Townsends in 1972 as a passenger and roll-on-roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry.

© Brian Fisher

MV Free Enterprise V – Past and Present

MV Veronica Line – ex Tadla, Laburnum, Pride of Hythe, Free Enterprise V – Steel triple screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Werf “Gusto”, Schiedam, (Yard No. CO 755) for Townsend’s in 1970 as a passenger and roll-on-roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Smit Kinderdijk V.O.F.

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