Cenred – British Railways Board
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
- Length: 60.23 m (overall) 55.00 m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 15.68 m
- Depth: 3.43 m
- Draught: 2.280 m
- Tonnage: 761 gross/404 net/180 deadweight
- Engines: 2 Oil 4SA 6-cylinder Mirrlees Blackstone diesels via two Voith Schneider rotating vane propellers.
- Power: 619 kW/840 BHP
- Speed: 10 knots
- Capacity: 764 passengers 52/76 cars
- Call Sign: GUDR
- IMO Number: 7324091
- Official Number: 360946
- Port of Registry: London/UK
- Sister-Ships: Caedmon, Cenwulf
- Half sister: Cuthred
June 29th 1973: Christened by Mrs James Barwell wife of Sealink’s Superintendent Engineer-in-Chief. High winds and low water delayed her launch.
July 3rd 1973: Launched.
December 1973: Delivered to British Rail, London, England.
December 1973 – January 1974: Services between Portsmouth – Fishbourne.
A Salmon. Cameracolour Postcard
January 1974: Commenced service between Lymington – Yarmouth.
British Railways Board
1977: Modified to increase capacity with a second car deck which would lift into position 7ft above the existing deck.
July 1984: Registered to Passtruck Shipping Co. As theses services were excluded from the sale of Sealink UK Ltd to Stena Line they continued under the Sea Containers banner.
© Brian Fisher (April 1987)
November 7th 1990: Sea Containers (ex Sealink) unveiled the new brand name and livery of Wightlink.
© Robert J Smith (Yarmouth, 24/01/1992)(Left) and © Bernd Crause (Lymington, 19/09/1994)(Right)
© Chris Hunsicker (Portsmouth, 19/02/2008)
February 25th 2009: Taken out of service and laid up in Marchwood.
© The Ferryman (03/07/2009)
© Andreas Wörteler (Marchwood, 22/08/2009)
2010: Sold to scrappers in Esbjerg, Denmark.
March 12th 2010 – March 24th 2010: Towed from Southampton to Harlingen.
March 28th 2010: Arrived Esbjerg and scrapping commenced.
© Dirk Jankowsky (Esbjerg, 13/04/2010)
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Bernd Crause, Ferryman, Brian Fisher, Dirk Lankowsky, Chris Hunsicker, Robert J Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.