© Bob ScottMv Saint Eloi – Past and Present

Mv Moby Love

ex Moby Love 2, King Orry, Channel Entente, Saint Eloi

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Cantieri Navali di Pietra Ligure, Genoa. Italy (Yard No. 12) for the Societe Anonyme de Navigation Angleterre-Lorraine-Alsace (or A.L.A. for short) in 1972 as a multi-purpose passenger and roll-on roll-off ferry for cars, lorries and railway vehicles  

Technical Data

  • Length on Deck: 114.59m(375.9 ft) (overall)/(354 ft) (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of Hull: 18.62m(61 ft) (extreme)
  • Depth:  37.8 ft (moulded)
  • Draught: 4.11m(13.5 ft) (maximum)
  • Tonnage:  4,649 gross/1,849 net/1,118 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 16-cylinder Atlantique/Pielstick four-stroke single-acting diesels
  • Power: 12,652kW
  • Speed: 21.8 knots
  • Capacity: 1,000 passengers and 160 cars; or 35 freight rail wagons; or 10 sleeping coaches and 11 freight rail wagons.
  • Call Sign: FNKC (1990 – 1998), IBDB (2007 – )
  • IMO Number: 7207451.
  • Registry: Dunkerque (1972 – 1990), Nassau (1990 – 1998), Napoli (1998 – current)


Current Location

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History

November 24th 1969: Ordered

January 24th 1969: Keel struck

February 26th 1972: Launched

1972: Expected delivery date of October, but owing to liquidation of her builders she was seized by creditors and delivery was severely delayed. Laid up in Genoa.

July 1st 1972: Work recommenced at builders after the Italian Government gave financial support. Delivery set for early 1975.

February 1975: Delivered to Angleterre Lorraine Alsace S.A. de Navigation (ALA), Dunkerque, France. She had only one lifeboat on her bridge deck: The second pair was added later.

March 1st 1975: Arrived in Dunkerque.

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection  Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

March 12th 1975: Commenced service between Dunkerque-Dover.

March 23rd 1977: Angleterre Lorraine Alsace S.A. de Navigation (ALA) became a French operated wholly owned subsidiary of British Rail.

© A G Jones  © Bob Scott

© A G Jones (left) and © Bob Scott (right)

© Mike Sartin  © Mike Sartin

© Mike Sartin (both)

April 12th 1982: Holed whilst berthing at Dover. Proceeded straight to dry-dock and was back in service within 72 hours.

September 28th 1985: Commenced service as a freight ferry.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (both)

May 27th 1986 – September 27th 1986: Chartered to SNCF. Operated between Calais – Dover western docks.

Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby


Onboard the St Eloi

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Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby


September 27th 1986: Operated as a freight ferry between Dover – Dunkerque.

© Fotoflite  © Brian Fisher

© Fotoflite (left) and © Brian Fisher (right)

May 1st 1987: Involved in a collision with the CAMBRIDGE FERRY 700 yards off Dover Breakwater as a result of which both vessels were badly damaged. Sent to Dunkerque for repairs.

© Ian Lillford  © Ian Lillford

© Ian Lillford  © Ian Lillford

© Ian Lillford

© Mike Sartin  © Mike Sartin

© Mike Sartin  © Mike Sartin

© Mike Sartin (all)

May 16th 1987: Back in service.

1987 (summer): Operated as cover Newhaven – Dieppe.

Nigel Thornton Collection  Bernt Anderson Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection (left) and the Bernt Anderson Collection (right)

1987: “Preliminary report on an investigation into modifications aimed at increasing the commercial vehicle capacity…….”. Never materialised.


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Courtesy of Terry Conyberre  Courtesy of Terry Conyberre

Courtesy of Terry Conyberre  Courtesy of Terry Conyberre

Courtesy of Terry Conyberre

Courtesy of Terry Conybeare


March 27th 1988: Introduced as a night freight service Folkestone – Boulogne.

April 24th 1988: Final day in service between Dover – Dunkerque.

© Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Dunkerque 01/05/1988)

May 27th 1988 – September 1988: Operated between Calais – Dover Western Docks.

© Fotoflite, Roy Thornton Collection  © Fotoflite, Roy Thornton Collection

© Fotoflite, Roy Thornton Collection

July 23rd 1988: Collided with the breakwater in Dover, suffered a badly dented stem.

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Ferry Publications Library

© Mike Sartin  © Mike Sartin

© Mike Sartin (both)

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (both)

January 8th 1989 – April 2nd 1989: Operated between Stranraer – Larne freight sailings

© Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale

January 8th 1989 – April 2nd 1989: Operated between Stranraer – Larne freight sailings

April 3rd 1989 – April 28th 1989: Operated between Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire on passenger sailings, as relief for ST COLUMBA which went to Bremerhaven for overhaul.

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Courtesy of Sealink Heritage

May 20th 1989: Renamed CHANNEL ENTENTE.

Courtesy of Ed Connell  Courtesy of Ed Connell

Courtesy of Ed Connell

May 25th 1989: Commenced summer service between Calais – Dover Western Docks.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

© Brian Fisher  © Fotoflite

© Brian Fisher (left) and © Fotoflite (right)

January 9th 1990: Left Dunkerque with Steam Packet crew

January 11th 1990: As CHANNEL ENTENTE made her first trip, for berthing trials, to Douglas, Isle Of Man.

January 13th 1990: Conducted berthing trials at Heysham.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

February 5th 1990: Dry-docked and then moved into Bidston Dock, Birkenhead. Port of registry changed from Dunkerque to Nassau.

February 9th 1990: Sold to Vessel Holdings, Nassau, Bahamas.

February 14th 1990: Sold to the Isle Of Man Steam Packet, Nassau, Bahamas.

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

February 17th 1990: Public display of vessel in Douglas.

February 19th 1990: Commenced service between Douglas – Heysham.

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

September 27th 1990: Arrived at Wright & Beyer´s yard, Birkenhead major refit. Given vehicle side loading doors and extra capacity; for up to 180 cars total. A second bow thrusters was added. The passenger accommodation was extended at the after end of the boat deck.

December 8th 1990: Renamed KING ORRY.

December 9th 1990: Commenced service between Douglas – Heysham/ Liverpool.

© Aubrey Dale  © Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale  (both)

© A G Jones  © A G Jones

© A G Jones (both)

1992: New stern doors to use the new links-span at Heysham and Belfast

November 14th 1992: Suffered at steering failure and grounded on the Taylors Bank. Refloated and towed to Liverpool for survey/repairs.

February 1995: Registered in the Isle of Man, home port Douglas.

Simplon Postcard

Simplon Postcard

September 28th 1998: Final day in service between Douglas – Heysham/ Liverpool.

October 1998: Sold to Moby Lines S.r.l., Naples, Italy.

October 21st 1998: Renamed MOBY LOVE.

October 23rd 1998: Left Birkenhead for Livorno.

October 29th 1998: Arrived at Livorno.

© Benoit Donne  © Benoit Donne

© Benoit Donne

1998: Renamed MOBY LOVE 2.

April 1999: Commenced service between Piombino – Portoferraio.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

2002: Renamed MOBY LOVE

© Carsten Dettmer  © Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (all)

2007: Remains in service Piombino – Portoferraio.

© Craig Nelson  © Craig Nelson

© Craig Nelson

2016: Still in service.

February 2017: News circulating that she has been sold to Greek company ( Portucalence previous owners of the EXPRESS SANTORINI), will be used in the connections to and from the Greek islands. Also rumoured that she will be renamed CHRYSA.

“Sources say that Portucalence, a Greek-backed ferry company which operates services in Portugal’s Azores islands, is in the process of finalising a deal to buy the 5,400-gross-ton (gt) Moby Love (built 1975) and 5,700-gt Moby Baby (built 1966).

No official prices have been disclosed, but brokers say Moby has been marketing the pair for €1.5m ($1.67m)”.

March 22nd 2017: Left Piombino.

March 22nd 2017: Arrived Genoa and laid up.

© Carlo Martinelli

© Carlo Martinelli

June 28th 2017: Remains in Genoa.

October 7th 2017: Under tow, arrived in Drapetsona

  © Dimitris Mentakis (Drapetsona 09/10/2017)


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:  Ed Connell, Aubrey Dale, Carsten Dettmer, Benoit Donne, Brian Fisher, Pieter Inpyn, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Ian Lillford, Carlo Marinelli, Dimitris Mentakis, Craig Nelson, Mike Sartin, Bob Scott, Sealink Heritage and Andreas Wörteler.

Special thanks to Jim Ashby, Terry Conybeare and the World Ship Society (East Kent Branch).

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


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