Roy Thornton CollectionTS Cote D’Azur II, Past and Present

23/11/2014: Gallery updated.

TS Marie F

ex Azur, Cote D’Azur

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw turbine steamer, built by Societe Anonyme des Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranee, Le Havre, (Yard No ? ) for the French National Railways in 1951.

Technical Data

  • Length on deck: 111.34m (365.2 ft)(overall)
  • Breadth of hull: 14.75m (50.5 ft)(extreme)
  • Draught: 4.96m (12.2 ft)
  • Tonnage: 3,998 gross/1,256 net/509 deadweight
  • Engines: Two Parsons steam turbines, single reduction gearing, each turbine driving one of two screw shafts.
  • Power: 22000shp
  • Speed: 21.5 knots
  • Capacity: 1400 passengers
  • Call Sign: FNXT (as Cote D’AZUR), 3AKR (as MARIE F)
  • IMO Number: 5081217
  • Registry: Calais (1951 – 1973), Monaco (1973 – )

History

April 4th 1950:Launched, costing around £1,400,00. Aluminium was used for the first time in the construction of her bridge and superstructure.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

July 31st 1951: Sea trials over measure mile off  Cherbourg. Attained 25.5 knots on two boilers and 20.5 knots on one.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Courtesy of Jean Mark Baratte  Courtesy of Jean Mark Baratte

Courtesy of Jean Mark Baratte

August 1951: Delivered to Societe Anonyme de Gerance et D’Armement S.A.G.A., Calais.

Courtesy of Jean Mark Baratte  Courtesy of Jean Mark Baratte

Courtesy of Jean Mark Baratte

August 15th 1951: Commenced service between Dover – Calais and her usual route, at first, was between Folkestone and Calais.

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Roy Thornton Collection (both)

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© A G Jones  © A G Jones

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© A G Jones  (all)

October 1952 – May 1960: Carried the outward bound “Golden Arrow” passengers from Folkestone to Calais after which the service reverted to Dover. Towards the end of her career she also ran between Dover and Calais.

© A G Jones  © A G Jones

© A G Jones (both)

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© Fotoflite, Courtesy of Michael Woodland

September 30th 1972: Made her last sailing for the French Railways from Calais to Folkestone, after which she was withdrawn, laid up in the Western Dock (Calais) and put up for sale.

Courtesy of Jean Mark Baratte

Courtesy of Jean Mark Baratte

Courtesy of Jean Mark Baratte

Courtesy of Jean Mark Baratte (Leaving Calais under tow for Monaco)

1973: Sold to Societe Anonyme Monegasque D’Armement et de Navigation, (S.A.M.A.N.), Monaco and renamed AZUR, being renamed MARIE F the same year.

July 8th 1973: Arrived in Monaco with plans for her to be used as a ferry between Monaco – Sardinia – Corsica. These plans, however, did not materialise and she was laid-up as a casino ship in Monaco.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

1973: Laid-up at Etang de Berre, Marseille.

1974: Sold to Jose Laborda Gonzales, Spain, for breaking.


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: Jean Mark Baratte, A G Jones and Michael Woodland for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


1 Comment

  1. Sailed Calais with mainly Ex Royal Navy Crew, supposedly employed to live in the vicinity of Monaco and Operate the Ferry Service. All flew home, via Niece, in early July 1973.

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