ex Huda, Brigitte S, Samir, Lassi IV, Brest (II)
© Ted Ingham
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1950 at Chantiers et Atol de St Nazaire, Quevilly (Yard No 283) for S.N.C.F. (Dieppe), as a passenger and cargo vessel.
- Length: 72.50m (overall) 68m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 10.50m
- Draught: 4.54m
- Tonnage: 1,059 gross/351 net/718 -730 deadweight
- Engines: 2 x 7 cylinder 4 stroke single acting MAN deisels.
- Power: 1471kW/2000HP
- Speed: 14 knots -15 ½ knots (max)
- Capacity: 6 passengers, 60 cars (max)
- Call Sign: TOME (Brest), ODFM (MAHDI)
- Lloyds Register Number (1978 – 1979): 5051573
- Port of Registry: Dieppe/France, Beirut/Lebanese, Agadir/ Morocco (as MAHDI)
- Sister-Ship: Nantes, Rennes II
March 15th 1950: Keel laid.
November 20th 1950: Launched.
November 25th 1950: Christened by Ms. Goursat.
May 24th 1951: Completed for Soc. Nationale des Chemins de Fers Francais (SNCF).
May 31st 1951: Trials.
1951: Services Dieppe – Newhaven.
© Derek Longly
Roy Thornton Collection
1957: Southampton – Channel Islands route.
1958: Southampton – Channel Islands route.
March 1959 – February 1967 (except 1965): Weymouth – Channel Islands service as relief vessel.
1965/1966 (?): Relief vessel at Folkestone.
Roy Thornton Collection (left) © Michael Woodland (right)
1967: Sold to Lebanese ship-owner J. Othon Metaxas and renamed LASSI-IV.
1967: To Samir Nav.SARL, Panama and renamed SAMIR.
1970: To Pan Arabian Trading and renamed BRIGITTE S.
1972: Renamed HUDA.
1972: Sold to Wafic Begdache. Renamed MAHDI.
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