MV Dorset Coast – Cargo from the Past

MV Ourania

Ex Denton Venture, El Kheer, El Hussain, Dorset Coast

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© PWR

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1959 by Ardrossan Dockyard Ltd Yard, Ayrshire (Yard No 427) as a Cargo/Container Ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 67.08m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 10.94 m
    Depth: 4.48 m
    Draught: 4.419 m
    Tonnage: 1206 – 1225 gross/626 – 610 net/1297t – 1277t deadweight
    Engines: 7-cylinder 2 SA 7-cylinder Sulzer diesel engine
    Power: kW/1260 bHP
    Speed: 11.5 knots
    Capacity: 1,841 cubic metres (65,045 cubic feet), 30 cars
    Call Sign: GBVE
    IMO Number: 5093181
    Official Number: 301304
    Port of Registry: Liverpool/UK, London/UK, San Lorenzo/Honduras, Piraeus/Greece

History

January 13th 1959: Launched.

May 1959: Delivered as DORSET COAST for Coast Lines Ltd, Liverpool.

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March 3rd 1963: Following the withdrawal of DEAL (II), demise charter to British Railways Board for use at Folkestone.

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection (Folkestone)

February 1964: “Damaged her propeller in Boulogne and was withdrawn for repairs. In her place came the Newhaven – Dieppe cargo vessel BREST (II).”.

Roy Thornton Collection

BREST (II) @ Folkestone (Roy Thornton Collection)

September 1st 1965: Charter ended.

1966: Converted to a container ship.

1970: To Coast Lines (Services) Ltd, Liverpool.

1971: Registered under Coast Lines (Services) Ltd.

February 26th 1971: Coast Lines Ltd acquired by The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company Ltd.

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© PWR

October 1st 1971: Management transferred to P&O Short Sea Shipping Ltd.

August 1st 1972: Registered under Belfast Steamship Company Ltd.

October 1st 1973: Registered under General Steam Navigation (Trading) Ltd.

March 31st 1975: Management transferred to P&O Ferries.

April 30th 1976: Registered under P&O Ferries (General European) Ltd.

July 14th 1978: Registered under P&O Ferries Ltd.

February 22nd 1979: Sold to James Stewart Tyrrell, Irish Republic and renamed EL HUSSEIN.

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© PWR

1980: Owner re-styled Delta Marine & Trading Co, Egypt

1981: Sold to Omar Ibrahim, Saudi Arabia.

1981: Sold to Sayed Mohamed Sadaka Hitfa, Egypt and renamed EL KHEER.

1981: Sold to Naviera Denton Venture S de R L, San Lorenzo, Honduras and renamed DENTON VENTURE.

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1984: Sold to Isabella Maritime Co, Piraeus and renamed OURANIA.

1985: Sold to Brugse Scheepssloperij SA, Belgium for demolition.

June 24th 1985: Demolition commenced at Bruges.


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: John Hendy and PWR for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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