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MV Bardic Ferry – Past and Present

IMO Number: 5036717

MV Nasim II

ex Bardic Ferry

Courtesy of Chris Howell
Courtesy of Chris Howell

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1957 at Wm. Denny & Bros., Dumbarton, Scotland (Yard No 1489) as a Passenger/RoRo Cargo/Ferry for the Atlantic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd

Technical Data

  • Length: 45 m (overall) 96.62 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth:16.79 m
  • Depth: 9.75 m
  • Draught: 3.69 – 4.414m
  • Tonnage: 2550 – 1595 gross/1150 – 420net/1210 – 1229t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 Oil 2SA 10-cylinder Sulzer 10 TD 36 diesels
  • Power: 2270 kW/3000 bHP
  • Speed: 14 knots
  • Capacity: 55 passengers/20 cars/295 metres of cargo (Containers 37 x 26’ & 22 x 20’)
  • Call Sign: GWVP, HO-2748
  • IMO Number: 5036717
  • Official Number: 187633/6837-76
  • Port of Registry: London/UK 🇬🇧, Panama 🇵🇦
  • Sister Ship: Ionic Ferry (1493)


March 1955: Ordered.

March 5th 1957: Launched. ‘World’s first’ commercial Ro-Ro road haulage vehicle ferry.

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August 21st 1957: Left Dumbarton.

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Dover Ferry Photos Library (Trials, August 1957)(Left) © Simonwp (Right)

August 23rd 1957: Delivered to Atlantic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., London, England.

September 2nd 1957: Introduced between Preston – Larne.

October 1957: Served Tilbury – Antwerp.

© Ken Smith © Ken Smith  

© Ken Smith  (Both)

October 8th 1961 – October 9th 1961: Chartered to British Railways Board for the Stranraer – Larne route. She was especially chartered to carry Bertram Mills circus on two trips (PRINCESS MARGARET unable to transport the whole circus).

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© Jim McFaul

November 1961: Resumed between Preston – Larne.

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February 1967: Served between Preston – Larne/ Belfast.

November 1971: European Ferries Group purchased Atlantic Steam Navigation Co. (Townsend Thoresen).

March 24th 1973: Sailings Preston – Larne withdrawn. Together with IONIC FERRY concentrated service Preston – Belfast.

Courtesy of Ted Ingham

Courtesy of Ted Ingham (May 1973)

September 7th 1973 – June 29th 1974: Served between Stranraer – Larne.

October 21st  1974: Fully committed to Cairnryan –Larne.

© Robert Turkington

© Robert Turkington (Larne, 1975)

© Ian Collard

© Ian Collard

1976: Sold to Fratelli Cosulich, Genoa, Italy (Registered to Sea Endurance Shipping Co. SA, Panama) and renamed NASIM II.

1976: Introduced for Neptunia Line between Livorno – Tripoli -Benghazi.

© Chris Howell Courtesy of Simonwp

© Chris Howell (Messina, Italy)(Left) 🆕Courtesy of Simonwp (Genoa) (Right)

1983: Laid up at Eleusis Bay, Greece.

© Peter J Fitzpatrick

© Peter J Fitzpatrick

May 11th 1988: Arrived in Aliaga, Turkey for demolition by Kalkavanlar Gemi Söküm ve Ticaret A.S.

© Selim San

🆕 © Selim San

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: Ian Collard, Peter J Fitzpatrick, Fotoflite, Chris Howell, Ted Ingham, Simonwp, Ken Smith, Robert Turkington and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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