MV CTMA Voyageur
ex Mirela, Sealink, Truck Trader, Anderida
Courtesy of Jim Ashby
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1972 at Trosvik Verksted A/S Brevik, Norway (Yard No 95) for Stena AB, Göteborg as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry
- Length: 106,50m (overall)
- Breadth of Hull: 16,03m (extreme)
- Draught: 4,30 m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 1,479 gross, 632 net, 2,591 deadweight
- Engines: Two 9-cyl, and two 8-cyl, S.C.S.A Wichmann Normo diesels
- Power: 3,376 kW
- Speed: 17,0 knots
- Capacity: 20 passengers , 540 lane metres
- Call Sign: 5BJS, VB6367 (current 2007)
- IMO Number: 7222229
- Official Number: 358559
- Registry:London (1971 – ), Cap-Aux-Meules/ Canada (current 2007)
- Sister Ships: STUBBENKAMMER, STENA TRAILER
December 11th 1971: Launched.
April 28th 1972: Delivered to Stena Ab, Göteborg.
July 1st 1972: Sold to Carpass Shipping Co Ltd, London, England for £2.o5m.
August 22nd 1972: Chartered to British Railways, Southern Region as a replacement for SHEPPERTON FERRY, she had two sets of railway lines laid on her vehicle deck.
August 22nd 1972: Left Kristiansand
August 24th 1972: Arrived at Dover, via Dunkerque, from Norway.
August 27th 1972 (17.30 hrs): Commenced service Dover – Dunkerque.
© Ted Ingham
© Ted Ingham
1973: Sealink trading name painted on the hull.
© Fotoflite, Nigel Thornton Collection (left) © A G Jones (right)
March 3rd 1974 – March 15th 1974: Operated between Stranraer – Larne, then returned to Dover.
November 10th 1974: Overhaul period.
January 1975: Assisted with “freight cover” at Folkestone.
1975: Both ANDERIDA and DALRIADA had new gearboxes fitted, the ANDERIDA had hers fitted at Dover and DALRIADA at Stephen’s Shipyard, Glasgow. The German supplier (Lohmann) admitted that cracks which appeared after delivery on seven ships should be replaced at no cost.
May 1st 1976: Commenced service between Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire.
October 26th 1976: Heysham – Belfast to cover for PENDA which had suffered a serious engine room fire, then returning to Dover.
© A G Jones (27/10/1976)
May 1977: Operated between Fishguard – Rosslare, where she ran with DUKE OF LANCASTER, which lacked freight capacity.
February 17th 1979: Taken out of service for repair after she suffered an engine room fire, whilst en route from Rosslare. Later resumed Fishguard – Rosslare.
March 12th 1979: Re-entered service after repair.
March 14th 1979: Off service for two days with engine trouble.
March 20th 1979: Off service again, then repeated on the 28th
March 31st 1979: Sailed to Avonmouth for extensive repairs.
© A G Jones (25/08/1979)
December 1980: Laid up in Wellington Dock, Dover, but held in reserve for the Dover – Dunkirk route. She was joined by her sister ULIDIA in April 1981.
© Fotoflite, Stéphane Poulain Collection (left) © Ken Larwood (right)
Courtesy of Jim Ashby
1981 (early): Reactivated to cover for CHARTRES, which was delayed in returning from dry dock.
January 18th 1981: Reactivated to cover for VORTIGERN (fire damage), but returned on 19th owing to limited traffic and threatened NUS strike.
February 7th 1981: Planned to move her to Newhaven, but officers refused fearing Sealink would sell the vessel.
July 11th 1981: Operated one round trip to Dunkerque
July 16th 1981: Last trip Dunkerque – Dover
October 30th 1981: Sold to Covenant Shipping Inc (Manta Line Inc), Monrovia, Liberia for $1,365,000. (Registered in Greece, home port Piraeus). Renamed TRUCK TRADER.
November 2nd 1981: Left Dover for Greece.
September 10th 1984: Laid up in Greece.
December 3rd 1984: Sold to South Pacific Navigation Ltd., Wellington, New Zealand. Renamed SEALINK.
December 3rd 1984: Left Piraeus for Wellington, and during the journey she suffered engine problems.
April 17th 1985: Arrived in Wellington.
1986: Renamed MIRELA.
August 20th 1986: Left Wellington for Piraeus via Singapore.
October 31st 1986: Laid up in Piraeus.
December 4th 1986: Sold to Cooperative de Transport Maritime et Aerien, Cap-aux-Meules, Canada. Departed for Canada.
1987: Renamed CTMA VOYAGEUR.
© Marc Piché
1987: Commenced service between Montreal – Cap-aux-Meules.
June 2002: Commenced services between Prince Edward Island – Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
© Marc Piché
2002 (autumn): Operated between Montreal – Cap-aux-Meules.
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Ted Ingham, A G Jones, Ken Larwood and Marc Piché for their assistance in compiling this feature. A special thanks goes to Jim Ashby.