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MV Capricorn – Cargo from the Past

MV Capricorn

ex Samaria, Chrysantema

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1973 by Aalborg Værft, Denmark (Yard No 198) as Refrigerated Cargo Ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 175.34 m (overall) 162.62 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 22.86 m
  • Depth: 13.52 m
  • Draught: 9.170 m
  • Tonnage: 8577 – 12059 gross/4722 – 6915 net/12180 deadweight
  • Engines: 2 Oil SA 9-cylinder Burmeister & Wain diesels
  • Power: 17065 kW/23200 bhp
  • Speed: 23.5 knots
  • Holds: 5 x 28.3/20.8/18.2/18.8/28.6
  • Capacity: Ins; 16,356m³
  • Call Sign: GROY, C6LN5
  • IMO Number: 7226964
  • Official Number: 357499
  • Port of Registry: Glasgow/UK, Nassau/Bahamas
  • Sister-Ships: Orchidea, Gladiola, Iris Queen


August 31st 1972: Launched as CHRYSANTEMA.

February 1973: Completed.

1974 -75: Registered Owner; Paravon Shipping Co & others. Registered manager; Whitco Marine Services Ltd

1976: Renamed SAMARIA. Registered Owner; The Cunard Steamship Co. Registered Manager; Cunard Shipping Services Ltd. Chartered to Salénrederierna Ab/ Zenit Kylfinans Ab, Stockholm

Courtesy of Mike Davis  Fotoflite

Courtesy of Mike Davis (left) and © Fotoflite (right)

1986: Renamed CAPRICORN. Registered Owner; Daphnis Shipping Co. Ltd.

© John Jones

© John Jones (laid up (centre of picture) in the River Fal, Cornwall on 31/7/86.)

© Mike Jackson  Courtesy of Chris Howell

© Mike Jackson (@ Dover) (left) and Courtesy of Chris Howell (right)

© Joerg Seyler

© Joerg Seyler

July 30th 1999: Scrapped at Alang.

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: Mike Davis, Chris Howell, Mike Jackson, John Jones and Joerg Seyler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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