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MV Duke of Norfolk – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7206770

MV Duke of Topsail

Ex Duke of Norfolk

© Bert Norr

Duke of Norfolk – © Bert Norr (Andreas Wörteler Collection)

Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 1972 by Firma C. Amels & Zoon Schpswf. & Mfbk “Welgelegen”  Makkum, Holland  (Yard No. 319), as a RoRo Cargo vessel

Technical Data

  • Length: 78.64 m (overall) 68.81 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 14.33 m
    Depth: 8.92 m
    Draught: 4.21 m
    Tonnage: 948 gross/604 net/1450t deadweight
    Engines: Oil 4SA 8-cylinder MWM (Motorenw – Mannheim) diesel
    Power: 1790kW/2400 bHP
    Speed: 13.5 knots
    Capacity: 12 passengers/33 Freight Trailers
    Call Sign: 
    HQTU3, V4RZ3
    MMSI Number: 341295000
  • IMO Number: 7206770
  • Official Number (LR 1978-1979): 341821
  • Port of Registry: Yarmouth/ UK 🇬🇧, San Lorenzo/Honduras 🇭🇳

Current AIS Location

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January 29th 1972: Launched.

April 1972: Delivered to Norfolk Line Ltd., Great Yarmouth, England.

© Bert Norr

Duke of Norfolk – © Bert Norr (Andreas Wörteler Collection)

April 1972: Commenced service between Great Yarmouth – Scheveningen.

1973: Registered to Unilever Norfolk Line, Great Yarmouth, England.

Duke of Norfolk

© John Jones © Simonwp

Duke of Norfolk – © John Jones (Gt Yarmouth, 22/03/1981)(Left) © Simonwp (Gt Yarmouth, 09/04/1986)

1985: Registered to Maersk London, Norfolk Line, Yarmouth, Great Britain.

1987: Sold to Topsail Shipping Co. Ltd., New Foundland, Canada. Renamed DUKE OF TOPSAIL.

1987: Chartered out to Marine Atlantic, Canada. Commenced service between Lewisporte – Labrador.

1998: Registered to United Abaco Shipping Co. Ltd. San Lorenzo, Honduras. Manager: MMS Shipmanagement Inc

Duke of Topsail – – © Bert Norr (Andreas Wörteler Collection)

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: John Jones, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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