MV Reine Mathilde – Past and Present

MV Beauport

ex Reine Mathilde, Prince of Brittany, Prince of Fundy

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1970 by Schiffbau-Gesellschaft Unterweser, AG, Bremerhaven (Yard No. 477), for Lion Ferry Ab, Halmstad as a roll-on, roll-off passenger and vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 118.52m (overall) 103.00m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 18.19m
  • Depth: 11.54m
  • Draught: 4.750m
  • Tonnage: 5,465 gross/2,907 net/1080 – 1348 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 12-cylinder Pielstick 12 PC 2V diesels
  • Power: 8827 kW/2000 HP
  • Speed: 17.0 knots
  • Capacity: 1,020 passengers, 210 cars
  • Call Sign: FNRP, C6JV8
  • IMO Number: 7010755
  • Official Number: 716417
  • Port of Registry: Halmstad/Sweden, Morlaix/France, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister-Ship: Saint Patrick


February 8th 1970: Launched.

June 10th 1970: Delivered to Lion Ferry Ab, Halmstad.


June 1970: Commenced services between Portland, USA – Yarmouth, Canada.

January 1976: Chartered out as a hotel-ship in Stavanger, Norway.

November 27th 1976 – March 1978: Services between Varberg – Grenå.

April 17th 1978: Chartered to Brittany Ferries, Morlaix, France for two years with a purchase offer. Renamed PRINCE OF BRITTANY for services between Portsmouth – St Malo.


February 19th 1979: Services between Plymouth – Santander.

January 1980: Sold to Brittany Ferries, Morlaix ,France.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

December 30th 1988: Final day in service between St Malo – Portsmouth.

December 30th 1988: Registered to Soc. Econ. Mixte d’Arm Naval du Calvados, Caen, France and renamed REINE MATHILDE.

December 1988: Departed for extended refit at Jos L Meyer Werft.

February 18th 1989: Left Papenburg for France.

© Frits Olinga   © Frits Olinga

© Frits Olinga (18/02/1989)

March 17th 1989: Commenced services between Portsmouth – Caen/Ouistreham.

 © Tony Garner   © Tony Garner

© Tony Garner (Portsmouth 20/05/1989)

April 10th 1990: Suffered an engine-room fire and was towed to Le Havre for repairs.

July 6th 1990: Returned to service.

February 1991: Sold to Marne Invest, Nassau, Bahamas and renamed BEAUPORT.

October 17th 1991: Arrived at Husband’s Shipyard, Southampton for rebuilding.

January 28th 1991: Chartered to British Channel Island Ferries and commenced service, as a freight only ferry, between Poole – Jersey – Guernsey.

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

February 23rd 1991: Passenger certificate awarded.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Poole (01/07/1992)

© Patrick Hill   © Patrick Hill

© Patrick Hill (St Helier, 04/05/1993)

October 31st 1993: At the end of her charter, final day in service on the Channel Islands routes and went to lay up in Southampton.

1994: Registered to Beauport Shipping Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas (Mgrs. International Shipping Partners A/S).

June 2nd 1994: Left Southampton for Bari.

June 1994 – August 1994: Chartered to Stern Maritime Line for services between Bari – Cesme.

© Frank Heine  © Frank Heine

🆕 © Frank Heine (Igoumenitsa, 25/07/1994)

September 1994: Chartered to Hellenic Inter Ferries for services between Brindisi – Igoumenitsa – Patras.

April 1995: Charter company went bankrupt and she was laid up in Patras.

June 10th 1995: Chartered to Compagnie Marocaine de Navigation,(COMANAV), Morocco.

June 14th 1995 – September 27th 1995: 09 27. Insatt mellan Seté, France – Nador, Morocco.

1995 (winter): Laid up in La Spezia, Italy.

April 1996: Chartered to Compagnie Marocaine de Navigation,(COMANAV), Morocco on short term contracts and used as a troop-transport between Morocco – Yugoslavia.

May 1996: Chartered to porn company “Private” who used her as a floating Night/Sex Club around the Mediterranean and up to Copenhagen. Traded under the name of “Private Lady“, but venture was short lived owing to financial reasons.

© Carlo Martinelli

© Carlo Martinelli (La Spezia 12/05/1996)

June 1996 – September 1996: Chartered to Compagnie Marocaine de Navigation, (COMANAV), Morocco for services between Seté, France – Nador, Morocco.

© Frank Heine

🆕 © Frank Heine (Seté, 12/06/1995)

September 1996: Laid up in Marseille.

June 1997 – September 1997: Chartered to Compagnie Marocaine de Navigation, (COMANAV), Morocco for services between Seté, France – Nador, Morocco.

September 1997: Laid up in Marseille.

1998: Chartered to Cocorico Lines.

June 1998 – September 1998: Chartered to Compagnie Marocaine de Navigation, (COMANAV), Morocco for services between Seté, France – Nador, Morocco.

September 1998: Laid up in Marseille.

June 1999 – September 1999: Chartered to Compagnie Marocaine de Navigation, (COMANAV), Morocco for services between Seté, France – Nador, Morocco.

September 1999: Laid up in Marseille.

May 2000: Chartered to Sancak Lines, Turkey.

June 2nd 2000 – September 15th 2000: Services between Brindisi – Cesme.

September 20th 2000: Laid up in Marseille.

December 2000: Chartered to Government of Trinidad & Tobago, Port Of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.

Andreas Wörteler Collection

Andreas Wörteler Collection

December 10th 2000: Services between Port Of Spain – Scarborough (Tobago).

July 1st 2005: Completion of charter and laid up “For Sale”.

July 2005: Sold to Indian breakers.

September 14th 2005: Arrived at Alang, India.

September 15th 2005: Beached ad scrapping commenced.


© Zahan

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: Tony Garner, Frank Heine, Patrick Hill, Carlo Martinelli, Frtits Olinga, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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