Courtesy of Chris HowellMV Shanklin – Past and Present

MV Prince Ivanhoe

Ex Shanklin

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1951 at Wm. Denny & Bros., Dumbarton, Scotland (Yard No 1452) for The British Transport Commission (Southern Region) as a short sea passenger vessel.

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Technical Data

  • Length: 61.04 m (overall) 55.35 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 14.53 m
    Depth: 3.20 m
    Draught: 2.134 m
    Tonnage: 986 – 965 gross/531 net/201 deadweight
    Engines: 2 Oil SA 8-cylinder 8-MG-32 Sulzer reversing diesels
    Power: 1417 kW/1900 bHP
    Speed: 14.0 knots
    Capacity: 1,131 – 1,377 passengers (Summer) 1112 – 1,151 (Winter)
    Crew: 33
    Call Sign: GNJZ
    IMO Number: 5321772
    Official Number: 184782
    Port of Registry: Portsmouth/IK
    Sister-Ship: Brading, Southsea


“Built as a one class ship. She was the ideal and preferred excursion ship – her raised lifeboats being an added advantage in this role.”.

February 22nd 1951: Launched.

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Nigel Thornton Collection

May 12th 1951: Left Dumbarton for Portsmouth.

May 15th 1951: Delivered to The British Transport Commission (Southern Region) for their Portsmouth – Ryde service.

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Nigel Thornton Collection

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Courtesy of Chris Howell (Portsmouth, 6/1977)(Left) Nigel Thornton Collection (Right)

©Tony Garner

©Tony Garner (Portsmouth, 06/07/1975)

October 18th 1977: Suffered an arson attack, the third, which destroyed the saloon. A 17 year old barman was charged. Continued in service, with the lounge sealed off, until overhaul.

January 1st 1979: To Sealink UK Ltd., London.

February 1980: Final sailing. Reserve at Portsmouth.

November 7th 1980: Sold to Terry Sylvester (Waverley Steam Navigation Co., Portsmouth) and others (owners of WAVERLEY).

November 21st 1980: Arrived on the Clyde.

1981: Sold for £25,000. Renamed PRINCE IVANHOE by the Firth of Clyde S P Co.

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Nigel Thornton Collection

© Tony Garner

© Tony Garner ( Barry, 10/05/1981)

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Courtesy of Chris Howell (Watchett, 16/5/1981)

August 2nd 1981: Made a Penarth – Lundy excursion with 300 passengers.

August 3rd 1981: Struck a rock off Port Eynon, South Wales, on a Swansea – Mumbles excursion with 400 passengers aboard. Made for the shore with a 60 ft/18.23m gash in her hull but sank before beaching. One person died and the vessel was lost.

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Courtesy of Chris Howell

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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: Jim Ashby, Tony Garner, Chris Howell and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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