MV St Cecilia
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
- 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
- MMSI Number: 235031617
- Registry: London
- Sister Ships: St Helen, St Catherine, St Faith
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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
March 1987: On her delivery voyage, called at Dover.
Justin Merrigan Collection
March 18th 1987: Arrived in Portsmouth.
March 23rd 1987: Cruise for specially invited guests.
© John Hendy
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
© Brian Fisher
November 7th 1990: Sea Containers (ex Sealink) unveiled the new brand name and livery of Wightlink.
© Ken Larwood (left) and © A G Jones (right)
© 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 2006 (left) and © Cedric Hacke (right)
© Ray Goodfellow
© John Hendy (left) and © Ray Goodfellow (right)
© Ray Goodfellow
November 30th 2018: Announcement made that Wightlink intends to sell the vessel “in the not too distant future”.
© Courtesy of John Hendy
January 25th 2019: Final Wightlink sailing.
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: Gary Davis (Maritime Photographic), Brian Fisher, Cedric Hacke, John Hendy, A G Jones, Fay Jordan, Ken Larwood and Justin Merrigan for their assistance in compiling this feature.