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MV Northern Merchant – Past and Present

MV Zurbaran, ex Northern Merchant – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 2000, by Astilleros Espanoles S.A. (AESA) Seville, Spain, (Yard No. 289) for Cenargo (owners of Norse Merchant Ferries plc) as a passenger roll-on roll-off commercial freight ferry. 

© Ray Goodfellow

MV Brave Merchant – Past and Present

MV Aquarius Brasil, ex Brave Merchant – Steel twin-screw motor vessel built in 1999, by Astilleros Espanoles S.A. (AESA) Seville, Spain, (Yard No. 288) for Cenargo as a passenger roll-on roll-off commercial freight ferry

© Brian Fisher

MV Fantasia – Past and Present

MV Wawel, ex Alkmini A, PO Canterbury, P&OSL Canterbury, Stena Fantasia, Fantasia, Fiesta, Tzarevetz, Scandinavia – Steel twin screw motor vessel, originally built in 1979 by Kockums Varv (shipyard) AB, Malmo, Sweden (Yard No. 569), as SCANDINAVIA for Rederi AB Nordo, Sweden, a passenger and roll-on roll-off and commercial vehicle ferry.

© Ken Larwood

MV Pride of Free Enterprise – Past and Present

MV Sher, ex Sherbatskiy, Oleander, P&OSL Picardy, Pride of Bruges, Pride of Free Enterprise – Steel triple screw motor vessel built by Schichau-Unterweser AG at Bremerhaven, (Yard No. 2281) West Germany in 1980 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Ken Larwood

MV Spirit of Free Enterprise – Past and Present

MV Anthi Marina, ex Pride of Kent, Spirit of Free Enterprise – Steel triple screw motor vessel built by Schichau-Unterweser AG at Bremerhaven, W Germany in 1979 (Yard No. 2279) as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

© Brian Fisher

MV European Clearway – Past and Present

MV Via Mare, ex Begonia, Panther, European Clearway – Steel twin screw motor vessel, intended primarily as a commercial vehicle ferry, built and engined by Schichau Unterweser A.G., Bremen (Yard No. 2263) in 1975 for the Monarch Steamship Company, like Townsend’s, a subsidiary of the European Ferries Group

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MV nf Panther – Past and Present

MV Faye, ex St Sunniva, nf Panther, Lasse II, Lasse, Djursland – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built and engined by the Helsingør Skibsværft og Maskinbyggeri, Aktieselskab, Helsingor, (Yard No. 399) for Jydsk Færgefart A/S in 1972

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MV European Enterprise – Past and Present

MV Star Fighter, ex Gardenia, European Endeavour, European Enterprise – Steel twin screw motor vessel, intended primarily as a commercial vehicle ferry, built and engineered by Schichau Unterweser A.G., Bremen (Yard No. 2275) in 1977 for the Monarch Steamship Company, like Townsend’s, a subsidiary of the European Ferries Group.

© Fotoflite, Roy Thornton Collection

MV Autocarrier – Past and Present

MV Ischia, ex Autocarrier, Royal Sovereign (IV) – Steel twin-screw motor vessel, built and engined by Denny’s of Dumbarton (Yard No 1413) for the General Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. in 1948 as an excursion steamer

Nigel Thornton Collection

MV Lion – Past and Present

MV Adinda Listara 101, ex Portelet, Baroness M, Portelet, Lion – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Cammell, Laird of Birkenhead in 1967 for Messrs. Burns & Laird (Yard No. 1326) as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car ferry for the Irish Channel service. Engined by Crossley Bros Ltd, of Manchester

Roy Thornton Collection

MV Free Enterprise VII – Past and Present

MV BSP III – ex MV Pride of Rathlin, Pride of Walmer, Free Enterprise VII – Steel triple screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Werf “Gusto”, Schiedam, (Yard No. CO 882) for Townsend’s in 1973 as a passenger and roll-on-roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Stork-Werkspoor Diesel, Amsterdam.

Roy Thornton Collection

MV Free Enterprise IV – Past and Present

MV Tag El Salam – ex Falster Link, Free Enterprise IV – Steel triple screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Werf “Gusto”, Schiedam, (Yard No. CO 719), engined by Smit Kinderdijk V.O.F, for Townsend’s in 1969 as a passenger and roll-on-roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry

Andreas Wörteler Collection

MV Viking I – Past and Present

MV Edi, ex Media V, Viking I – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1964 by Kaldnes Mekaniske Verksted A/S. Tonsberg, Norway, (Yard No 158) for Otto Thoresen Shipping Co. A/S, Oslo, Norway, as a passenger and vehicle ferry

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