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MV Cotentin (1974)(Ex Thule) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 6925707

MV Princess Carol

ex Angel Pearl, El Capitan, Romana I, Caribe Merchant, Miranda I, Cotentin, Saaletal, Thule

Andreas Wörteler Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1969 at Rickmers Rhederei GmbH, Rickmers Werft, Bremerhaven (Yard Number 359) for Transanglia Schiffahrts. GmbH (J.A. Reinecke), Hamburg.

Technical Data

  • Length: 96.81m (overall) 88.02m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 15.83 m (extreme)
  • Depth: 10.32m
  • Draught: 4.15m (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 994 – 993 – 3,575 gross/405 – 1,072 net/1165 – 1184 – 937 deadweight
  • Engines: Two 9 cylinder Atlas – MAK 9ZU451AK diesels
  • Power: 2,940 hp
  • Speed: 13.5 knots
  • Capacity: 12 passengers, 410 lane metres of freight
  • Call Sign: DKEF, HO5491, HO6073, 3FTT6, 6YRF6
  • IMO Number: 6925707
  • Official Number: 11679-82 (LR 1984 -85)
  • Registry: Lubeck/Fed. Rep of Germany 🇩🇪, Cherbourg/France 🇫🇷, Panama/Panama 🇵🇦, Georgetown/Cayman Islands 🇰🇾, Jamaica 🇯🇲
  • Sister-ship: Donautal (362), Isartal (1356), Neckartal (1355)


July 26th 1969: Launched.

October 13th 1969: Delivered to Transanglia Schiffahrts. GmbH (J.A. Reinecke), Hamburg, Germany.

October 1969: Chartered out to Svenska Lloyd, Göteborg for services between Göteborg – London.

October 21st 1971: Upon completion of her charter she was renamed SAALETAL.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp

November 1st 1971: Chartered to Coast Lines for services between Heysham – Belfast.

March 1973: Two week charter to British Railways Board (relieving DALRIADA) for services between Stranraer – Larne.

October 1973: Chartered to D.D. Ferries for services between Felixstowe – Dunkerque.

© Derek Sands

© Derek Sands

June 18th 1974: Sold to Societe Francaise de Transports Maritimes (S.F.T.M.), Cherbourg, France and renamed COTENTIN.

1974 – 1978: Chartered to Truckline S.A., Cherbourg for services between Cherbourg – Poole.

© Truckline © Truckline
© Truckline

1978: Registered to Soc. Francaise de Transports Maritimes S.F.T.M. & Asmarine S.A., Cherbourg, France.

197?: Operated services between Dover – Ostend.

© Gordon Wise © Urbain Ureel  

© Gordon Wise (Left) and © Urbain Ureel (Right)

Courtesy of Ted Ingham Courtesy of Ted Ingham  

Courtesy of Ted Ingham

© Simonwp © Simonwp

© Simonwp (Left) 🆕 © Simonwp (Dover, September 1978)

1978: Commenced services for Schiaffino between Dieppe – Shoreham.

1981: Sold to Consolidadora Maritima S.A., Panama and renamed MIRANDA I.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Miami)

1986: Sold to Crowley American Transport Inc., Georgetown, Saint Vincent and renamed CARIBE MERCHANT.

© Yvon Perchoc   

© Yvon Perchoc (Left) and © Ulrich Streich (Right)

1996: Sold to K/S Kasmi, Panama and renamed ROMANA I.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Santa Domingo, 26/11/1997)

2000: Registered to Maritime Shipping Service, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

2005: Sold to an unknown company in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Renamed EL CAPITAIN.

2006: Sold to Bay Six Lines, Freetown, Sierra Leone and renamed ANGEL PEARL.

2007: Sold to Cash Plus Shipping Ltd, Montego Bay, Jamaica and renamed PRINCESS CAROL.

December 31st 2010: Laid up.

June 6th 2012: Deleted from the Ships Register.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Frank Heine, Ted Ingham, Yvon Perchoc, Derek Sands, Simonwp, Ulrich Streich, Gordon Wise and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


  1. Hi , Massive container ship passed south close too going south!!, @ 16.20,, close too harbour, a y idea of name?

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