ex ULS Ferry 1,Kapella, Marine Evangeline, Spirit of Boulogne, Marine Evangeline, Duke of Yorkshire, Cord Adeler
© Fotoflite, Nicolas Levy Collection
Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1974 by Kristiansands Mekaniske Verksted, Kristiansand, Norway (Yard No. 221), for A/S Larvik-Frederikshavnferjen, Larvik, Norway
- Length: 110.14m (overall), 99.08m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth of hull: 17.51m (extreme), 17.48m (moulded)
- Depth: 12.32m
- Draught: 5.776m (max) 4.53m
- Tonnage: 2,793 gross (7,564 ‘69)/1,601 net (2,270 ‘69)/1,856 deadweight (3,548 1984)
- Engines: Four 16-cylinder Normo-Gruppen A/S diesels.
- Power: 7504kW (10,202 bhp)
- Speed: 18.5 knots (max), 14.5 knots (service)
- Capacity: 50 passengers, 590 lane metres
- Call Sign: VCQK ,ESIC , 3FGL3, ZADH2
- IMO Number: 7369118
- Registry: Larvik (1974), Scheveningen (1975), Yarmouth N.S., Canada (1978), Dieppe (1986), Nassau (1993), Tallinn (1998), Panama (2012), Durres/Albania
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January 26th 1974: Launched as CORD ADELER.
June 6th 1974: Delivered to A/S Larvik-Frederikshavnferjen, Larvik, Norway.
June 9th 1974: Chartered to Norfolk Line, Scheveningen, Holland. Renamed DUKE OF YORKSHIRE.
June 11th 1974: Commenced services between Scheveningen – Middlesbrough.
October 14th 1975: Transferred to the Dutch ships register.
© Fotoflite, Nicolas Levy Collection (Left) 🆕© Ron Hutchins (Courtesy of Derek Sands) (Right)
November 15th 1975: Sold to Unilever Norfolk Line, Scheveningen, Holland.
June 28th 1976: During a journey from Teesport to Esbjerg suffered an engine-room fire. Towed to Rotterdam for repairs.
June 30th 1976: Arrived in Rotterdam. Repairs took seven weeks.
January 1977: Chartered to P&O Normandy Ferries for two weeks. Operated Dover – Boulogne.
January 1977: Chartered to an unknown shipping company and began operations Sheerness – West Africa.
March 1978: Sold to CN Marine, Halifax, Canada. Left Rotterdam for St John for conversion at a Newfoundland Dockyard.
March 1978: Renamed MARINE EVANGELINE. Registered to Royal Lease, Ltd, Yarmouth, Canada.
April 1978: Inaugural sailing Yarmouth – Portland. March 30th 1983: inaugural sailing Yarmouth – Bar Harbour.
December 8th 1985: Left North Sydney for Dieppe.
December 23rd 1985: Arrived Dieppe.
1986: Registered to CN Marine Inc, Yarmouth, Canada.
1986: Registered to Marine Atlantic Dieppe, France.
April 24th 1986 – April 24th 1986: Chartered to Dieppe Ferries (SNCF) for services between Dieppe – Newhaven.
🆕© Frank Heine (Dieppe, 02/08/1986)
© Peter Bailey MBE (Courtesy of Newhaven Museum) (both)
April 24th 1986 – April 29th 1986: Laid up in Dunkerque.
May 2nd 1986: Chartered to RoRo Ferries, commenced operations between Rosslare – Pembroke Dock.
December 1986: Chartered to Dieppe Ferries (SNCF) for services between Dieppe – Newhaven.
September 22nd 1988: Arrived St John, Newfoundland for further lay up.
1989: Commenced operations for Marine Atlantic.
1992: Chartered to Opale Ferries, Boulogne, France. Inaugural service Boulogne – Folkestone.
© Andreas Wörteler (both)
Courtesy of Michael Woodland
July 1992: Underwent berthing trials at Ramsgate.
© Ken Larwood (all)
July 4th 1993: Opale Ferries went bankrupt.
July 4th 1993: Chartered to Meridian Ferries, Folkestone, England. Renamed SPIRIT OF BOULOGNE. Transferred to Bahama flag, home port Nassau.
July 4th 1993: Inaugural sailing Folkestone – Boulogne.
© Ken Larwood (all)
© Andreas Wörteler
July 5th 1994: Ran aground near Boulogne.
© Frank Lose (left) and © Ken Larwood (right)
March 15th 1995: Meridian Ferries went bankrupt and she was laid-up in Boulogne.
1995: Returned to Marine Atlantic, laid up in Dover. Renamed MARINE EVANGELINE.
© Ken Larwood
1995: Laid up in Southampton
© Tony Garner (Southampton, 09/04/1995)
June 21st 1995: Chartered to Sealink Stena Line, commenced services between Newhaven – Dieppe.
© Alan Geddes (Arrival Belfast 16/11/1995)
© Dave Rimmer (Dun Laoghaire late 1995/96)
October 13th 1995: Opened new freight ferry service between Holyhead – Dublin. Service taken over by STENA TRAVELLER.
November 1995: Inaugural sailing between Stranraer – Belfast.
© Andreas Wörteler
April 2nd 1996: Began operations Newhaven – Dieppe.
© Andreas Wörteler (left) and © Andy Gilbert (right)
© Robert J Smith (Newhaven 15/05/1996)
© Frank Heine (Dieppe, 06/07/1996)
October 1996: Charter completed and initially laid up in Southampton. Then sailed to Hull to continue lay-up.
© Simonwp (Alendra Dock, Hull 19/10/1996)
October 1997: Chartered to Hansatee Oy, Tallinn, Estonia.
October 31st 1997: Inaugural sailing for Tallink between Kapellskär – Paldiski.
August 1998: Sold to Hansatee Oy, Tallinn, Estonia. Renamed KAPELLA.
© Andreas Wörteler
December 1998: Suffered an engine-room fire whilst arriving at Kapellskär.
January 1999: Returned to service.
March 2004: Inaugural sailing between Tallinn – Helsinki.
© Frank Heine (Helsinki, 05/07/2004)
March 2006: Inaugural sailing between Paldiski – Kapellskär.
© Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, 23/01/2007)
January 2007: Commenced services between Tallinn – Helsinki.
April 2007: Commenced services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.
© Frank Heine (Paldski, 12/07/2007)
October 2008: Laid up in Paljassaare (Lahesoo anchorage), Tallinn.
2008: Registered Owner : Tallink Group, Estonia. Ship Manager: HT Shipmanagement, Estonia
June 5th 2010 – September 1st 2010: Commenced services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.
October 31st 2010 – 2011: Services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.
2011: Laid up in Tallinn.
June 21st 2011 – August 31st 2011: Services between Åbo – Kapellskär.
October 17th 2011 – October 28th 2011: Chartered to Rederi Ab Lillgaard, Åland for services between Långnäs – Nådendal.
October 29th 2011: Laid up in Tallinn.
August 3rd 2012: Sold to Kapella Shipping Ltd, Panama and renamed ULS FERRY 1.
September 2012: Commenced services for ULS Global between Sillamäe – Ust-Luga.
Sillamäe, Estonia © Ian Greenwood
January 2016: Still in service between Sillamäe – Ust-Luga for ULS Global.
October 2016: Known to be laid-up in Tallin
June 12th 2017: Advertised “For Sale” (Ship-Broker.EU).
November 12th 2017: Sold to Shega Trans SA, Tirana, Albania and renamed ANA.
April 2018: Left Tallinn for Albania.
May 3rd 2018: Left Durres for Ravenna (Italy)
May 4th 2018: Arrived in Ravenna. Inspected and found to have 23 deficiencies. Impounded by Coast Guard.
May 15th 2018: In service, twice weekly, between Ravenna – Shengjin (Albania)
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: Peter Bailey MBE, Tony Garner, Alan Geddes, Andy Gilbert, Frank Heine, Ron Hutchins (Courtesy of Derek Sands), Ken Larwood, Nicolas Levy, Aleksi Lindström, Frank Lose, Dave Rimmer, Simonwp, Robert J Smith, Michael Woodland and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.
Special thanks to Micke Asklander (Faktaomfartyg) and Ian Greenwood.