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

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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.

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.

Roy Thornton Collection

MV Free Enterprise IV – Past and Present

MV Tag El Salam – ex Falster Link, Free Enterprise IV – Steel triple screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Werf “Gusto”, Schiedam, (Yard No. CO 719), engined by Smit Kinderdijk V.O.F, for Townsend’s in 1969 as a passenger and roll-on-roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

Andreas Wörteler Collection

MV Viking I – Past and Present

MV Edi, ex Media V, Viking I – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1964 by Kaldnes Mekaniske Verksted A/S. Tonsberg, Norway, (Yard No 158) for Otto Thoresen Shipping Co. A/S, Oslo, Norway, as a passenger and vehicle ferry

© Brian Fisher

MV Gaelic Ferry – Past and Present

MV Gaelic, ex Gaelic Ferry – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1964 at Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend, England (Yard No 2001) for Atlantic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

© Ted Ingham

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