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TS Arromanches (Ex Newhaven (1939)) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 5025330

TS Leto

ex Arromanches, Vichy, Newhaven

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Steel twin screw steamer built by Forges et Chantiers de la Mediterranee, Le Havre, France, between 1941-43 , known as NEWHAVEN during building.

Technical Data

  • Length: 308.4 ft (94.00m)(overall)
  • Breadth of hull: 39.7 ft(12.10m)(extreme)
  • Depth: 23.3 ft(7.10m)
  • Draught: 10.9 ft (3.32m)(maximum)
  • Tonnage: 2,444 net/790 gross
  • Engines: Two sets of Parsons SR geared turbines
  • Boilers/propellers: (Two oil-fired superheated w/t bt Penhoet)/2
  • Power: 22,000shp (12,000 shp astern)
  • Speed: 24 knots
  • Capacity: 1,450 passengers
  • Call Sign: SZNN (as LETO)
  • IMO Number: 5025330
  • ID Number: 53057
  • Registry: Dieppe/France 🇫🇷, Piraeus/Greece 🇬🇷
  • Sister Ship: Dieppe


1939: Keel struck under the name of NEWHAVEN for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway.

August 1940: Taken, on the stocks, by the Germans renamed VICHY. Not finished owing to the non-availability of her engines.

March 1946: Launched as ARROMANCHES.

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October 1947: Delivered to S.N.C.M. Dieppe, France.

October 1947: Commenced service between Dieppe – Newhaven.

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March 7th 1950: Visited Dover carrying the President of France, Vincent Auriol, for a state visit. There was no French ship at Calais so she was brought up Channel from Newhaven especially for the occasion. It was to be her only visit to Calais.

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July 8th 1964: In force 9 gale was grounded outside Newhaven. Re-floated without damage.

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February 1965: Sold to Petros M. Nomikos, Piraeus, Greece for about £122,500 and partially painted white at Dieppe. Renamed LETO.

March 1965: Left Dieppe for Piraeus.

March 8th 1965: Arrived at Piraeus.

April 22nd 1965: Commenced service between Piraeus – Tinos – Mykonos.

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From A brief history of the Greek passenger and ferry fleet

October 1965: Completed her regular service and in 1966, 1967 and 1968 operated a daily service on similar short routes.

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October 1970: Ran aground near Tinos after rudder-failure and declared a total loss.

1970: Laid up at Eleusis.

December 1972- July 1973: Broken up at Eleusis.


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Fotoflite and Nicolas Levy for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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