© Bob ScottMv Reine Astrid (I) – Past and Present

Mv Reine Astrid (I)

© Bob Scott

© Bob Scott

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built and engined by Cockerill’s of Hoboken (Yard no 785) in 1956 for the Belgian Marine Administration’s Ostend-Dover passenger service.

Technical Data

  • Length on Deck: 114m (374 ft)(overall) 108.56m (356.2 ft) (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of Hull: 15.9m (49.10 ft)(extreme) 14.23m (46.7 ft) (moulded)
  • Depth: 7.3m (24.11 ft) (moulded)
  • Draught: 4.45m (13 ft)(maximum)
  • Tonnage: 3,388 gross/1,513 net/408 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 12-cylinder Cockerill/Sulzer two-stroke single acting diesels.
  • Power: 11190kW
  • Speed: 22 knots
  • Capacity: 1700 passengers, 30 cars (in holds)
  • Call Sign: ORAE (@1974)
  • Registry: Ostend
  • ID Number: 5292452
  • Sister Ships: Koningin Elizabeth, Roi Leopold III

History

November 25th 1957: Launched. The first Ostend ship to be fitted with fin stabilizers.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

May 1958: Delivered to Belgian Marine Administration, Oostende, Belgium.

Roy Thornton Collection  © A G Jones

Roy Thornton Collection (left) © A G Jones (right)

May 1958: Commenced service between Ostend – Dover.

© A G Jones  © A G Jones

© A G Jones  © A G Jones

© A G Jones

1968: English port became Folkestone.

November 1970: Belgian Marine joined the Sealink consortium. Trading as Sealink

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (both)

November 1st 1971: Belgian Marine became the Belgian Maritime Transport Authority – Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT).

1973: Belgian Sealink livery

© Brian Fisher  © Tony Garner

© Brian Fisher (left) © Tony Garner (right)

© A G Jones  Roy Thornton Collection

© A G Jones (left) Roy Thornton Collection (right)

1978: Reduced to summer service only until she was laid up.

© Robert Bertel  © Robert Bertel

© Robert Bertel

  © Urbain Ureel

1981: Laid up in Ostend.

Courtesy of Michael Woodland

Courtesy of Michael Woodland

1983: Rebuilt at Kon, Maats, De Schelde, Vlissingen, Holland to a floating passenger terminal. Her engines/propellers/rudder and most interior fittings were removed and replaced in order she could continue as a “barge”.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

May 30th 1983: Towed to Dover.

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection (all)

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

June 6th 1983: Transferred to “special lagoon” created at the old Number 1 berth,  Dover Western Docks replacing a “temporary” terminal which had been place since 1981.

Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection (all)

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

© KenLarwood

Roy Thornton Collection except © Ken Larwood (bottom left)

© KenLarwood   © Ken Larwood

 © Ken Larwood    © Ken Larwood

 © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (all)

© Mike Sartin  © Mike Sartin

© Mike Sartin (both)

March 1994: Laid up as a jetfoil terminal in Ramsgate.

© Mike Sartin  © Ted Ingham

© Mike Sartin Left) © Ted Ingham (right)

April 1st 1997: Sold to Tracomax Shipping S.L., La Coruna, Spain for breaking.

April 6th 1997: Towed from Ramsgate to La Coruna, Spain.


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Jim Ashby, Robert Bertel, Brian Fisher, Tony Garner, Ted Ingham, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Mike Sartin, Bob Scott, Urbain Ureel and Michael Woodland for their assistance in compiling this feature.

Special thanks go to the World Ship Society (East Kent Branch)

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


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