Sealink British Ferries (SBF)


Sealink was a ferry company based in the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1984, operating services to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Ireland.

Sealink was originally the brand name for the ferry services of British Rail which ran shipping services in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Services to France, Belgium and the Netherlands were run by Sealink UK as part of the Sealink consortium which also used ferries owned by French national railways (SNCF), the Belgian Maritime Transport Authority, Regie voor Maritiem Transport/Regie des transports maritimes (RMT/RTM) and the Dutch Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland (Zeeland Steamship Company).

On 27 July 1984 the UK Government sold Sealink UK Limited to Sea Containers Ltd for £66m. The company was renamed Sealink British Ferries. In 1991, following a hostile takeover bid, Sea Containers sold Sealink British Ferries to Stena Line. The sale excluded the operations of Hoverspeed, the Isle of Wight services and the share in the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.

Sealink British Ferries (SBF) Archive

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MV Felicity – Past and Present

MV Rigel II, ex Scandinavia, Visborg, Visby, Stena Felicity, Felicity, Visby – Steel twin screw ”Visby Class” motor vessel built in 1980 by Öresundsvarvet, Landskrona (Yard No 278 ) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo Ferry

British Railways Board

MV Cenred – Past and Present

MV Cenred – Steel twin Voith Schneider double ended “C Class” vessel built at Robb Caledon Shipbuilders Ltd., Dundee, Scotland (yard no. 562) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

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MV Cenwulf – Past and Present

MV Cenwulf – Steel twin screw double ended “C Class” vessel built in 1973 at Robb Caledon Shipbuilders Ltd., Dundee, Scotland (Yard no. 561) for British Railways Board, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry

MV Viking II - Past and Present

MV Viking II – Past and Present

MV Ocean Pearl, ex Earl William, Viking II – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1964 by Kaldnes Mekaniske Verksted A/S. Tonsberg, Norway, (Yard No 160) for Otto Thoresen Shipping Co. A/S, Oslo, Norway, as a passenger and vehicle ferry

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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.

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MV Cambridge Ferry – Past and Present

MV Sirio, ex Ita Uno, Cambridge Ferry – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, built by Hawthorn Leslie (Shipbuilders) Ltd, Hebburn, England, (Yard No. 754) for the British Railways Board in 1965.

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MV Ailsa Princess – Past and Present

MV New Cambay Prince – ex New Caribbean Princess, Express Adonis, Naias Express, Dimitri, Earl Harold, Ailsa Princess – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Ansaldo & Co, Genoa at Cantieri Navale, Breda, Venice in 1971 (Yard No. 272) for Sealink U.K. Ltd., as a passenger Roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. She was registered in London engined by Pielstick- Crossley.