ex Duchesse Anne, Connacht
Duchess Anne – © Tony Garner (St Malo, 10/10/1993)
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1979 at Verolme Cork Dockyard Ltd, Cork, Ireland (Yard No 955) for The British and Irish Steam Packet Company (B&I Line), Dublin, Ireland as a passenger and vehicle roll-on roll-off ferry
- Length: 122.05m (overall), 112 m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 18.83m (extreme), 18.51m (overall)
- Depth: 12.55m
- Draught: 4.83m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 6,812 – 9,796 gross/ 3,818 – 3,320 net/ 1373t (deadweight)
- Engines: Four 8 -cylinder MaK 8MU551AK diesels.
- Power: 18000 hp/13248 kW
- Speed: 20 knots
- Capacity: 1,500 passengers, 332 cars
- Call Sign: EIMJ, FNDN, 3AEQ
- IMO number: 7615048
- MMSI Number: 238143000
- Registry: Dublin/Republic of Ireland 🇮🇪, St Malo/France 🇫🇷, Rijeka/Croatia 🇭🇷
- Sister-ships: Leinster (979)
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The first of a pair of ferries built at Verolme Cork Dockyards. At the time, the largest ferry to fly the Irish flag.
August 8th 1977: Keel laid.
June 20th 1978: Launched.
Connacht – Nigel Thornton Collection
July 1st 1979: Completed.
January 1979: Delivered to B&I Line, Dublin, Ireland.
February 7th 1979: Commenced service between Cork – Swansea.
Connacht – Archway Postcard
May 21st 1979: Commenced service between Cork – Pembroke Dock.
September 1980: Service between Dublin – Liverpool.
Connacht – © Ken Larwood
March 1982: Service between Dublin – Holyhead.
Connacht – © Brian Fisher (Liverpool, October 1983)
Connacht – © Brian Fisher (Liverpool, May 1984) (Left) and © Robbie Cox (Liverpool, 19/05/1984) (Right)
1986: Livery change.
Connacht – © Aubrey Dale
Connacht – © Mike Griffiths
January 12th 1988: Commenced service between Cork – Pembroke Dock.
June 1988: Sold to Societe Anonyme d’Economie Mixte d’Equipement Navale (Sabemen), Morlaix, France for delivery at the end of September.
October 3rd 1988: Taken over by Brittany Ferries S.A., Morlaix and sent to Jos. L. Meyer Werft, Papenburg for rebuilding.
December 1988: Renamed DUCHESSE ANNE.
December 18th 1988: Re-delivered from builder’s yard.
January 1989: Chartered out to Crown Line (SMZ), introduced between Hoek van Holland – Harwich.
February 13th 1989: Commenced service between St. Malo – Portsmouth.
Duchess Anne – © Simonwp (Portsmouth, 01/03/1989) (Left) and (Portsmouth. 18/05/1989) (Right)
Duchess Anne – © Ken Larwood
June 14th 1993: Commenced service between St. Malo – Cork, Roscoff – Cork and Roscoff – Plymouth.
Duchess Anne – © Aubrey Dale
September 1st 1995: Collided with the breakwater in St Malo, then left for Brest and repairs.
Duchess Anne – 🆕© Kevin Mitchell (30/09/1996)
September 30th 1996: Final day in service for Brittany Ferries.
October 1996: Sold to Jadrolinija P.O., Rijeka, Croatia.
1996: Registered to Morrison Ship Trading Co, Rijeka, Croatia, renamed DUBROVNIK.
June 1997: Commenced service between Croatia – Italy.
Dubrovnik – © Carsten Dettmer (Luka Gruz, Dubrovnik. 12/08/2013)
2006: Registered owner; Morrison Ship Trading, Liberia. Registered manager; Jadrolinija D.O.O.
2015: Still in service Dubrovnik – Bari
Dubrovnik – © Wil Weijsters (Dubrovnik. 05/06/2013)
December 2019: Still in service Split – Ancona.
Dubrovnik – © Carsten Dettmer (Bari, Montenegro, 23/10/2019)
March 2022: Still in service Split – Ancona.
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: Robbie Cox, Aubrey Dale, Carsten Dettmer, Brian Fisher, Tony Garner, Mike Griffiths, Ken Larwood, Simonwp, Wil Weijsters and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.