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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 Free Enterprise III – Past and Present

MV Al Fahad – ex Mona’s Isle, Tamira, Free Enterprise III – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Werf “Gusto”, Schiedam, (Yard No. CO 538) Holland, for Townsend Bros. Ferries Ltd, in 1966 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by J. & K. Smit, Kinderdijk.

TS Halladale - Past and Present

TS Halladale – Past and Present

TS Ferrymar III, ex Halladale, K-417 – Former Royal Naval “River” class frigate, built in 1944 by A. & J. Inglis Ltd., Pointhouse, Glasgow (Yard No 1266). Bought by Townsend Bros. Ferries Ltd. in 1949 and converted into a car ferry by the Cork Dockyard Company at Rushbrooke (Cork Harbour), Eire

© Andreas Wörteler

MV Sally Star – Past and Present

MV Wasa Express, ex Betancuria, Thjelvar, Rostock, Thjelvar, Color Traveller, Thjelvar, Sally Star, Travemünde Link, Travemunde – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by OY Wartsila Ab Helsingfors, Finland (Yard No. 432) for Gedser-Travemunde Ruten A/S, Gedser, Denmark, as a passenger, car and commercial vehicle ferry in 1981

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.

© Fotoflite, Stéphane Poulain Collection

MV Artevelde – Past and Present

MV Aigaion, ex Artevelde – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Cockerill’s of Hoboken (Yard No. 794) for the Belgian Marine Administration’s Ostend service as a passenger and car ferry. Engined by Sulzer Bros. Ltd, Winterthur

Dover © Ray Goodfellow

HSC Norman Arrow (Incat 066) – Past and Present

HSC Express I, ex KatExpress I, Norman Arrow, MGC 066 – Aluminium catamaran built in 2009 by Incat Tasmania Pty. Ltd, Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 066) for MCG Chartering Limited. Christened on December 24th 2008.

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)

HSC Hoverspeed Boulogne (Incat 027) – Past and Present

HSC Atlantic Express, ex Golden Blaze, Pescara Jet, Zara Jet, Pescara Jet, Seacat Danmark, Seacatamaran Danmark, Hoverspeed Boulogne, Hoverspeed Belgium – Aluminium catamaran built in 1991 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 027) for Hoverspeed Ltd, (Sea Containers Ltd) Nassau, Bahamas as a car and passenger ferry. Launched October 29th 1991.

© Ken Larwood

MV Argo – Past and Present

MV Ammari, ex Sally Euroway, Norcove, Argo – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1976 by Kroger werft GmbH, Rendsburg, Germany (Yard no 1391) for Argo Reederei Richard Adler & Sons, Bremen, Germany, as a passenger and commercial vehicle ferry

Stéphane Poulain Collection

HSC Cote D’Argent – Past and Present

HSC Cote D’Argent – SEDAM type N500 naviplane Hovercraft built in 1976 by Sedam, Pauillac, France (Yard No 1) for Societe des Nationale des Chemins de fer Frances (SNCF), France. Launched November 15th 1976

© Ian Collard

MV European Seaway – Past and Present

MV European Seaway – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Schichau Seebeckwerft AG, Bremerhaven, (Yard No. 1075) Germany for P&O European Ferries (managed by Sutton Ltd) in 1991 as a commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Sulzer Bros. Ltd., Winterthur. Launched April, 20th, 1991

Courtesy of Jim Ashby

MV St Anselm – Past and Present

MV Bari, ex Isla de Botafoc, Stena Cambria, St Anselm – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast (Yard No. 1715), for Sealink U.K. in 1980 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

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