© Bob ScottMV Villandry – Past and Present

MV Adina Lestari 102

ex Delos, Olympia, Villandry

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1965 by Dubigeon-Normandie S.A., Nantes-Chantenay, France (Yard No 809) as a passenger and vehicle roll-on roll-off vehicle ferry, for S.N.C.F.

Technical Data

  • Length on deck: 104.86m (344.0 ft)(overall)
  • Breadth of hull: 17.68m (58.0 ft)(extreme)
  • Depth: 10.52m (34.6 ft)
  • Draught: 3.96m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 3,444 (1976), 2,286 (1986)/982 net (1976), 1,424 (1986)/680 deadweight (1965), 615 (1976), 680 (1986
  • Engines: Two 6-cylinder Pielstick diesels
  • Power: 9,235 kW
  • Speed: 21 knots (max on completion)
  • Capacity: 1,200 passengers, 140 cars
  • Call Sign: FNNN (1965 – 1984), SXLC (1986), YFOO (Adina Lestari 102)
  • IMO: 6503567
  • Registry: Dieppe (1965 – 1984), Piraeus (1986)
  • Sister Ship: Valencay

History

Matt Murtland Collection

Matt Murtland Collection (HHV Ferry)

November 20th 1964: Launched

April 23rd 1965: Left Nantes for fitting out in Brest. Re-routed owing to engine problems during her initial trials off Ushant.

April 27th 1965: Left Brest for Cherbourg

May 1965: Delivered to S.N.C.F., Dieppe, France. Originally appeared with black hull.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

May 16th 1965: Inaugural sailing between Dieppe – Newhaven.

©  Derek Longly  ©  Derek Longly

©  Derek Longly

May 30th 1965: Commenced commercial sailings.

© Fotoflite  © Fotoflite

© Fotoflite

© Fotoflite

October 6th 1966 – October 10th 1966: Publicity visit to Pool of London.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

© A G Jones  © A G Jones

© A G Jones

© A G Jones (14/10/1966 @ Newhaven)

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

1967: During refit joint service flag added to her funnel

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher

May 1st 1970 – May 2nd 1970: Second publicity visit to London.

May 9th 1970 – May 11th 1970: Publicity voyage between Le Havre – Jersey – Cherbourg – Jersey – Le Havre.

May 1973: Operated 4 Rouen cruises.

June 1974: Three day cruise to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Normandy Landings.

June 1975: Retired from service with engine problems.

July 1st 1975: Returned to service.

December 1975: Announcement made that both VILLANDRY and VALENCAY were to be “stretched” at Ateliers et Chantiers, Le Havre to cater for the increase of freight lorry traffic. Approximately three quarters of the after end of the ship’s accommodation was cut and raised by 56 cm. In order to give greater headroom for freight on the main vehicle deck below. Also at this time they were to be converted to bow loaders and have their funnel tops extended. Thus modified they would be able to carry 20 rather than 10 lorries. The VILLANDRY was earmarked to go for her conversion during autumn of 1976 followed a year later by her sister-ship. Other alterations included the removal of the vessel’s stern bridges and the extension of their after observation lounges.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection (Sealink News)

March 1977: Returned from stretching.

© Bob Scott  Roy Thornton Collection

© Bob Scott (left) and Roy Thornton Collection (right)

April 9th 1982: Final day in operation between Dieppe – Newhaven.

© Aubrey Dale  © Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale

June 7th 1982:Chartered to Sealink and operated Stranraer – Larne

August 1982: Service between Calais – Dover. Also sailed Folkestone – Boulogne to cover HORSA which was transferred to Dover to cover ST CHRISTOPHER which had suffered mechanical problems and COTE D’AZUR which had collided with CHANTILLY.

Courtesy of Jim Ashby  Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby (Dover 14/08/1982)

© A G Jones  © A G Jones

© A G Jones

© A G Jones

Courtesy of the family of Gerry Stevens, Sealink Manager, Boulogne, 1974-89',

Courtesy of the family of Gerry Stevens, Sealink Manager, Boulogne, 1974-89

October 1982: Laid up in Calais.

June 24th 1983 – July 8th 1983: Service between Heysham – Belfast.

1983: Received red S.N.C.F. colours

© Fotoflite

© Fotoflite

August 7th 1983: Arrived at Holyhead.

Justin Merrigan Collection

Justin Merrigan Collection

July 1983: Laid up in Calais.

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

August 12th 1983 – August 13th 1983: Chartered to Sealink U.K. Ltd. For use between Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire.

1984: Withdrawn at the end of the season. Reserve vessel. Then laid up in Calais. Projected sale to Liberian ship owners (Sea Lady Maritime) did not materialise. Projected name was to be YASMINE

August 1984: Sold to Agapitos Bros., Piraeus, Greece. Renamed OLYMPIA.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

1986: Sold to Ionian Lines Shipping, Piraeus, Greece and renamed DELOS then operating under Strintzis Lines between Killini – Poros.

© Ken Larwood  © Jürgen Stein

© Ken Larwood (Syros 1988)(left) and © Jürgen Stein (right)

© Frank Heine

🆕© Frank Heine (Killini, 14/07/1990)

1997: Sold to Equester Shipping Co. N.V., Kingstown, St Vincent

November 1998: Sold to Infiniti Indosakti, Indonesia. Renamed ADINA LESTARI 102

1998: Broken up.


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: Aubrey Dale, Brian Fisher, Frank Heine, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Peter Longhurst, Derek Longly, Justin Merrigan,  Matt Murtland, Bob Scott, Jürgen Stein, Andy Stevens and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks go to Jim Ashby and Terry Conybeare.

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


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