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MV Koningin Wilhelmina – Past and Present

IMO Number: 5192987

MV Temis

ex Artemis, Panagia Tinou, Captain Constantinos, Koningin Wilhelmina

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1960 at N.V. Scheepswerf & Machinefabriek ” De Merwede”, Hardinxveld, Holland (Yard No. 548) for Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland N.V. Hoek Van Holland. Holland as a passenger and vehicle ferry

Technical Data

  • Length:¬†120.02 m (overall) 110.28 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 17.33¬†m
  • Depth: 5.02¬†m
  • Draught: 4.89¬†m
  • Tonnage:¬†6228 – 4951 gross/2727 – 2643 net/732t – 1178t deadweight
  • Engines:¬†2SA 12-cyl – MAN K12Z57 / 80 diesels
  • Power: kW/5600 bhp
  • Speed:¬†21.0 knots
  • Capacity:¬†1,600 passengers (day),100 (night), 60 cars (side loaded)
  • Call Sign:¬†PFKU, SWUH
  • IMO Number: 5192987
  • Port of Registry:¬†Hoek van Holland/Netherlands 🇳🇱, Piraeus/Greece 🇬🇷, San Lorenzo/Honduras 🇭🇳


June 1956: Ordered.

May 30th 1959: Launched by H.M. Queen Juliana. Had side doors fitted to load 60 cars. First Zeeland ship with stabilisers.

January 30th 1960: The Koningin Wilhelmina was delivered to the Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland N.V. Hoek Van Holland. Holland.

Courtesy of John Hendy  Courtesy of John Hendy  

Courtesy of John Hendy  Courtesy of John Hendy  

Courtesy of John Hendy

February 7th 1960: Maiden voyage between Hoek Van Holland – Harwich.

© Ken Smith Courtesy of DDGHANSA

¬†¬© Ken Smith (Harwich, 1960’s)(Left) 🆕 Courtesy of DDGHANSA (Right)

June 15th 1967: Special cruise for invited guests as Queen Juliana opened the new entrance of Ijmuiden.

Courtesy of Jim Ashby

Courtesy of Jim Ashby

1968: Downgraded to extra summer and relief sailings following the arrival of the new car ferry KONINGIN JULIANA. 

© A G Jones

© A G Jones (Harwich, 03/08/1969)

© Frank Haalmeijer

© Frank Haalmeijer

June 11th 1971: Special cruise for invited guests as Queen Juliana opened the new entrance to Europort.

© Steffen Weirauch  © Steffen Weirauch  

© Steffen Weirauch

1976: Fitted with electric bow thrust.

June 28th 1978: Replaced by PRINSES BEATRIX and final sailing from Parkeston Quay.

July 1st 1978: Laid up in Flushing as relief vessel.

December 10th 1978: Sold to C. Ventouris & Sons, Piraeus, Greece, renamed CAPTAIN CONSTANTINOS.

December 18th 1978: Arrived in Piraeus and rebuilt.

1979: Commenced service between Syros – Tinos – Mykonos.

1981: Renamed PANAGIA TINOU.

Roy Thornton Collection Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection (both)

© Simonwp  © A Scrimali  

© Simonwp (23/10/1984) (Left) and © A Scrimali, Roy Thornton Collection (Right)

1981: She was further renamed “PANAGIA TINOY”¬†although the name on the bow was later amended.

Roy Thornton Collection

1981: Renamed PANAGIA TINOU

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (Tinos, 1988)

© Frank Heine  Roy Thornton Collection 

© Frank Heine (Piraeus 16/07/1990)(Left) Roy Thornton Collection (Right)

© Bernd Crause (Mykonos, 19/09/1993)

1994: Transferred to Ventouris Sea Lines, Piraeus, Greece and renamed ARTEMIS. Commenced service day-cruising.

October 1995: Ventouris Sea Lines went bankrupt and she was laid up.

1996: Sold by auction to Minoan Cruises, Piraeus, Greece. Began cruising between Heraklion – Rethymnon – Agios Nikolaos, Santorini.

© Carsten Dettmer

© Carsten Dettmer (01/07/1996)

© Tony Garner

© Tony Garner (27/09/1999)

© Mick Warwick

© Mick Warwick (01/08/2000)

April 30th 2001: Sold to Vickie Navigation, San Lorenzo, Honduras. Renamed TEMIS.

May 14th 2001: Arrived Alang, India for scrapping.

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: Bernd Crause, Carsten Dettmer, DDGHANSA, Tony Garner, Frank Haalmeijer, Frank Heine, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Ken Smith, Mick Warwick and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

Special thanks go to Jim Ashby and John Hendy.

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

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