© Andreas WörtelerMv Marine Evangeline – Past and Present

Mv ULS Ferry 1

ex Kapella, Marine Evangeline, Spirit of Boulogne, Marine Evangeline, Duke of Yorkshire, Cord Adeler

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© 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

Technical Data

  • 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 (MARINE EVANGELINE 1978),ESIC (KAPELLA), 3FGL3 (ULS Ferry 1)
  • IMO Number: 7369118
  • Registry: Larvik (1974), Scheveningen (1975), Yarmouth N.S., Canada (1978), Dieppe (1986), Nassau (1993), Tallinn (1998), Panama (2012)

Current Location

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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.

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© Fotoflite, Nicolas Levy Collection

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.

October 24th 1986 – April 24th 1986: Chartered to Dieppe Ferries (SNCF) for services between Dieppe – Newhaven.

© Peter Bailey MBE  © Peter Bailey MBE

© 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  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (both)

Courtesy of Michael Woodland

Courtesy of Michael Woodland

July 1992: Underwent berthing trials at Ramsgate.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© 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  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (all)

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

July 5th 1994: Ran aground near Boulogne.

1994: Rebuilt.

© Frank Lose  © Ken Larwood

© 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

© Ken Larwood

1995: Laid up in Southampton

© Tony Garner

© Tony Garner

June 21st 1995: Chartered to Sealink Stena Line, commenced services between Newhaven – Dieppe.

© Alan Geddes

© Alan Geddes (Arrival Belfast 16/11/1995)

October 6th 1995: Dun Laoghaire – Holyhead replacing STENA CAMBRIA.

© Dave Rimmer

© 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

© Andreas Wörteler

April 2nd 1996: Began operations Newhaven – Dieppe.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andy Gilbert

© Andreas Wörteler (left) and © Andy Gilbert (right)

© Robert J Smith

 © Robert J Smith (Newhaven 15/05/1996)

October 1996: Charter completed and initially laid up in Southampton. Then sailed to Hull to continue lay-up.

© Simonwp

© 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

© Andreas Wörteler

December 1998: Suffered an engine-room fire whilst arriving at Kapellskär.

January 1999: Returned to service.

March 2004: Inaugural sailing between Tallinn – Helsingfors.

March 2006: Inaugural sailing between Paldiski – Kapellskär.

©  Aleksi Lindström

January 2007: Commenced services between Tallinn – Helsingfors.

April 2007: Commenced services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.

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).

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, 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.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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