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MV Duchesse Anne (Ex Connacht 1979) – Past and Present

IMO number: 7615048

MV Dubrovnik

ex Duchesse Anne, Connacht

© Tony Garner

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

Technical Data

  • 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)

Location Data

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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.

Nigel Thornton Collection

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.

Archway Postcard

Connacht – Archway Postcard

May 21st 1979: Commenced service between Cork – Pembroke Dock.

September 1980: Service between Dublin – Liverpool.

© Ken Larwood

Connacht – © Ken Larwood

March 1982: Service between Dublin – Holyhead.

© Brian Fisher

Connacht – © Brian Fisher (Liverpool, October 1983)

© Brian Fisher  © Robbie Cox

Connacht – © Brian Fisher (Liverpool, May 1984) (Left) and © Robbie Cox (Liverpool, 19/05/1984) (Right)

1986: Livery change.

© Aubrey Dale  © Aubrey Dale

Connacht – © Aubrey Dale

© Mike Griffiths

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.

© Simonwp  © Simonwp

Duchess Anne – © Simonwp (Portsmouth, 01/03/1989) (Left) and (Portsmouth. 18/05/1989) (Right)

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

Duchess Anne – © Ken Larwood

June 14th 1993: Commenced service between St. Malo – Cork, Roscoff – Cork and Roscoff – Plymouth.

© Aubrey Dale  © Aubrey Dale

© Aubrey Dale  © Aubrey Dale

Duchess Anne – © Aubrey Dale

September 1st 1995: Collided with the breakwater in St Malo, then left for Brest and repairs.

© Kevin Mitchell

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.

© Carsten Dettmer

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

© Wil Weijsters  © Wil Weijsters

Dubrovnik – © Wil Weijsters (Dubrovnik. 05/06/2013)

December 2019: Still in service Split – Ancona.

© Carsten Dettmer  © Carsten Dettmer

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.

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

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