MV St Cecilia, Past and Present

MV St Cecilia

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Steel triple Voith Schneider screw vessel built at Cochrane Yard, Selby, England in 1987 (Yard no.135) for Sealink UK, London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 77.02m (overall) 75.62m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 17.02m (extreme) 16.81m (moulded) 21.5m (overall (wheelhouse wings)
  • Depth: 4.53m
  • Draught: 2.501m
  • Tonnage: 2,968 gross/904 net/908 deadweight
  • Engines: Three 6-cylinder MAN-B & W diesels.
  • Power: 3,267bhp/2,403kW
  • Speed: 13 knots
  • Capacity: 722 passengers, 142 cars 24 trailers via Bow door/ramp/Stern door ramp
  • Call Sign: GIFU, MFJT9
  • IMO Number: 8518546
  • Registry: London
  • Sister Ships: St Helen, St Catherine, St Faith

Current Location

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History

November 4th 1986: Launched. The seats on the deck are a different colour on all the sisters, the ST HELEN/red,  ST CATHERINE/green, ST CECILIA/yellow and ST FAITH/blue.

March 1987: Delivered to Sealink U.K. Ltd., London.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

March 1987: On her delivery voyage, called at Dover.

Justin Merrigan Collection

Justin Merrigan Collection

March 18th 1987: Arrived in Portsmouth.

March 23rd 1987: Cruise for specially invited guests.

© John Hendy  © John Hendy

© John Hendy (both)

March 27th 1987: Commenced service between Portsmouth – Fishbourne. As theses services were excluded from the sale of Sealink UK Ltd to Stena Line they continued under the Sea Containers banner.

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

November 7th 1990: Sea Containers (ex Sealink) unveiled the new brand name and livery of  Wightlink.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (left) © A G Jones (right)

© Fay Jordan

© Fay Jordan

November 1991: Sealink becomes Wightlink, Isle of Wight Ferries after Sea Containers sell off Sealink British Ferries to Stena Line (whilst retaining the Isle of Wight services). A new livery is introduced for all vessels.

1994: Sea Containers sell Wightlink to a management buy in led by Michael Aiken and financed by venture capitalists CinVen.

2005: Wightlink is acquired by the Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund, a wholesale fund which makes long-term investments in infrastructure and related assets in European OECD Countries.

© John Hendy   © Cedric Hacke

© John Hendy 2006 (left) and © Cedric Hacke (right)

© Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

© John Hendy  © Ray Goodfellow

© John Hendy (left) and © Ray Goodfellow (right)

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow


 We would like to thank: Brian Fisher, Cedric Hacke, John Hendy, A G Jones, Fay Jordan, Ken Larwood and Justin Merrigan for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.

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


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