Townsend Car Ferries


Townsend Car Ferries Archive

© Malcolm Cranfield

MV Viking III – Past and Present

MV Red Star I, ex Gabriel Scott, Sagafjord, Sandefjord, Fenno Star, Scandinavia, Terje Vigen, Viking III – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1965 by Orenstein-Koppel and Lubecker Mach A/G, Lubeck, Germany, (Yard No 618) for Otto Thoresen Shipping Co. A/S, Oslo, Norway, as a passenger and vehicle ferry.

Roy Thornton Collection

TS Normannia – Past and Present

TS Normannia – Steel twin screw turbine ship steamer, built and engined by Denny’s of Dumbarton (Yard No 1454) for the British Transports Commission’s Southampton – Le Havre route in 1952

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

© 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