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) © 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) © 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 (both)
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.
We would like to thank: Brian Fisher, Tony Garner, Ted Ingham, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Derek Sands, Ken Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.