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

© Pieter Inpyn

MV Seafrance Monet – Past and Present

MV Volcan de Tacande, ex Seafrance Monet, Stena Londoner, Versailles, Stena Nautica – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Brodogradiliste Jozo Lozovina Mosor, Trogir, Yugoslavia in 1974 (Yard No. 163) for Stena Ab, Göteborg as a roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Brian Fisher

MV Fantasia – Past and Present

MV Wawel, ex Alkmini A, PO Canterbury, P&OSL Canterbury, Stena Fantasia, Fantasia, Fiesta, Tzarevetz, Scandinavia – Steel twin screw motor vessel, originally built in 1979 by Kockums Varv (shipyard) AB, Malmo, Sweden (Yard No. 569), as SCANDINAVIA for Rederi AB Nordo, Sweden, a passenger and roll-on roll-off and commercial vehicle ferry.

© Ken Larwood

MV Pride of Free Enterprise – Past and Present

MV Sher, ex Sherbatskiy, Oleander, P&OSL Picardy, Pride of Bruges, Pride of Free Enterprise – Steel triple screw motor vessel built by Schichau-Unterweser AG at Bremerhaven, (Yard No. 2281) West Germany in 1980 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Ken Larwood

MV Spirit of Free Enterprise – Past and Present

MV Anthi Marina, ex Pride of Kent, Spirit of Free Enterprise – Steel triple screw motor vessel built by Schichau-Unterweser AG at Bremerhaven, W Germany in 1979 (Yard No. 2279) as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

MV Stena Empereur - Past and Present

MV Stena Empereur – Past and Present

MV Pride of Telemark, ex Alkmini A, Pride of Provence, Stena Empereur, Stena Jutlandica – Steel motor vessel, built in 1983 by Chantiers du Nord et de la Méditerranée, Dunkerque, France (Yard No. 310) for Stena Line, as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Brian Fisher

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 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

© Fotoflite

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.