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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

© Fotoflite, Stéphane Poulain Collection

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

© Ted Ingham

MV Free Enterprise III – Past and Present

MV Al Fahad – ex Mona’s Isle, Tamira, Free Enterprise III – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Werf “Gusto”, Schiedam, (Yard No. CO 538) Holland, for Townsend Bros. Ferries Ltd, in 1966 as a passenger and roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by J. & K. Smit, Kinderdijk.

© Andreas Wörteler

MV Sally Star – Past and Present

MV Wasa Express, ex Betancuria, Thjelvar, Rostock, Thjelvar, Color Traveller, Thjelvar, Sally Star, Travemünde Link, Travemunde – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by OY Wartsila Ab Helsingfors, Finland (Yard No. 432) for Gedser-Travemunde Ruten A/S, Gedser, Denmark, as a passenger, car and commercial vehicle ferry in 1981

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