MV Essex Ferry
Roy Thornton Collection
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1957 at John Brown & Co., (Clydebank) Ltd (Yard No 694) for British Railways as a passenger and train ferry
- Length: 121.9m (399.10 ft)(overall), 382.0 ft (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth of hull: 18.7m (61.4 ft)(extreme)
- Depth: 5.79m (19.0 ft)
- Draught: 3.7m (12.075 ft) (summer)
- Tonnage: 3,242 gross/1,502 net/1957t deadweight
- Engines: Two 6-cylinder Sulzer Oil 2CA single-acting diesels
- Power: 2680bhp
- Speed: 12.25 knots @ 177 r.p.m./ 14.2 knots @ 202 r.p.m
- Capacity: Capacity – 12 passengers, 38 international railway wagons (Fitted with 2 overhead travelling electric hoists for lifting containers)
- Call Sign: MXBT
- IMO Number: 510665
- Official Number: 185600
- Registry: Harwich
October 26th 1956: Launched at a cost of £739,521.
January 13th 1957: Delivered to British Transport Commission, Southern Region, Harwich, England.
January 1957: Introduced between Harwich – Zeebrügge.
© Ken Smith
May 23rd 1972: Short period between Holyhead – Dublin.
1973: Stern modified to fit Dunkerque rail link span.
© Derek Sands
January 1st 1979: To Sealink UK, Ltd.
© Ted Ingham
© Fotoflite (left) and © Brian Fisher (right)
June 12th 1979: Modified to fit the Train Ferry Berth at Dover.
June 1979: Relieved at Dover.
© A G Jones
January 6th /7th 1982: Last trip Dunkerque – Harwich.
© Tony Garner (left) and © Brian Fisher (right)
1982: Laid up in the River Blackwater, Essex.
April 27th 1983: Towed from Harwich to Rainham, Kent.
© Ken Larwood (both)
April 28th 1983: Sold to Aston Dean Ltd., London for £37,000.
April 29th 1983: Arrived at Medway Secondary Metals for scrapping.
© Ken Larwood
June 10th 1983: Rebuilt as a pontoon and renamed ESSEX FERRY PONTON. Towed by the tug SUN LONDON from Rainham to Haugesund, Norway.
1983: Used as a support pontoon for the North Sea oilrig ALEXANDER KIELLAND.
1983: Broken up.
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: Brian Fisher, Tony Garner, Ted Ingham, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Derek Sands, Ken Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.