© Mike JacksonMV Polly Prelude – Cargo from the Past

MV Prelude

ex UB Prelude, Hornstrait, Polly Prelude, Narval

© Frank Föerst

© Frank Föerst

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1968 by At & Ch de Dunkerque & Bordeaux (France-Gironde) -Dnk (Yard No 261 ) as a Refrigerated Cargo vessel.

Technical Data

  • Length: 144.00 m (overall) 133.99 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 20.05 m
  • Depth: 11.99 m
  • Draught: 7.50 m
  • Tonnage: 4413- 8554 gross/1549 – 4103 net/5065 – 6599 deadweight
  • Engines: 2 SA 6 – cylinder B & W diesels
  • Power: 10195 kW/13860HP
  • Speed: 22 knots
  • Capacity: Ins; 10,153m³
  • Call Sign: FNYJ (Narval), C6DX5 (Hornstrait – UB Prelude)
  • IMO Number: 6814178
  • Official Number: 715275 (LR 1992 -93)
  • Port of Registry: Dunkerque/France, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister Ships: Aquilon, Belouga, Favorita, Fort Saint Marie, Fribourg, Marsouin, Ivondro,


1968: Completed.

1985: Registered Owner Compagnie Maritime des Chargeurs Reunis S.A. (C,M.C.R.)

© Frank Föerst

April 1990: Renamed POLLY PRELUDE.

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (@ Dover)

September 1991: Renamed HORNSTRAIT. Registered Owner; Golden Prelude Shipping Corp. Registered Manager; P.P.I. Lines Ltd.

© Brian Fisher  © Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

January 1993: Renamed UB PRELUDE. Registered Owner: U.B. Shipping Ltd/ Ugland Reefers Ltd, Bahamas.

© Frank Föerst

July 30th 1999: As PRELUDE, broken up at Alang.

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: Brian Fisher, Frank Föerst and Mike Jackson for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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