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MV Marine Evangeline – Past and Present

MV Ana

ex ULS Ferry 1,Kapella, Marine Evangeline, Spirit of Boulogne, Marine Evangeline, Duke of Yorkshire, Cord Adeler

© Fotoflite

© Fotoflite, Nicolas Levy Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1974 by Kristiansands Mekaniske Verksted, Kristiansand, Norway (Yard No. 221), for A/S Larvik-Frederikshavn Ferge, Larvik, Norway

Technical Data

  • Length: 110.14m (overall), 99.08m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 17.51m (extreme), 17.48m (moulded)
  • Depth: 12.32m
  • Draught: 5.776m (max) 4.53m
  • Tonnage: 2,793 gross (7,564 ‘69)/1,601 net (2,270 ‘69)/1,856 deadweight (3,548 1984)
  • Engines: Four 16-cylinder Normo-Gruppen A/S diesels.
  • Power: 7504kW (10,202 bhp)
  • Speed: 18.5 knots (max), 14.5 knots (service)
  • Capacity: 50 passengers, 590 lane metres
  • Call Sign: VCQK ,ESIC , 3FGL3, ZADH2
  • IMO Number: 7369118
  • Registry: Larvik (1974), Scheveningen (1975), Yarmouth N.S., Canada (1978), Dieppe (1986), Nassau (1993), Tallinn (1998), Panama (2012), Durres/Albania

Location Data

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January 26th 1974: Launched as CORD ADELER.

June 6th 1974: Delivered to A/S Larvik-Frederikshavn Ferge, Larvik, Norway.

June 9th 1974: Chartered to Norfolk Line, Scheveningen, Holland. Renamed DUKE OF YORKSHIRE.

June 11th 1974: Commenced services between Scheveningen – Middlesbrough.

October 14th 1975: Transferred to the Dutch ships register.

© Fotoflite  © Ron Hutchins (Courtesy of Derek Sands)

© Fotoflite, Nicolas Levy Collection (Left) and © Ron Hutchins (Courtesy of Derek Sands) (Right)

November 15th 1975: Sold to Unilever Norfolk Line, Scheveningen, Holland.

June 28th 1976: During a journey from Teesport to Esbjerg suffered an engine-room fire. Towed to Rotterdam for repairs.

June 30th 1976: Arrived in Rotterdam. Repairs took seven weeks.

January 1977: Chartered to P&O Normandy Ferries for two weeks. Operated Dover – Boulogne.

January 1977: Chartered to an unknown shipping company and began operations Sheerness – West Africa.

March 1978: Sold to CN Marine, Halifax, Canada. Left Rotterdam for St John for conversion at a Newfoundland Dockyard.

March 1978: Renamed MARINE EVANGELINE. Registered to Royal Lease, Ltd, Yarmouth, Canada.

April 1978: Inaugural sailing Yarmouth – Portland. March 30th 1983: inaugural sailing Yarmouth – Bar Harbour.

December 8th 1985: Left North Sydney for Dieppe.

December 23rd 1985: Arrived Dieppe.

1986: Registered to CN Marine Inc, Yarmouth, Canada.

1986: Registered to Marine Atlantic Dieppe, France.

April 24th 1986 – April 24th 1986: Chartered to Dieppe Ferries (SNCF) for services between Dieppe – Newhaven.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Dieppe, 02/08/1986)

© Peter Bailey MBE  © Peter Bailey MBE

© Peter Bailey MBE (Courtesy of Newhaven Museum)

April 24th 1986 – April 29th 1986: Laid up in Dunkerque.

May 2nd 1986: Chartered to RoRo Ferries, commenced operations between Rosslare – Pembroke Dock.

December 1986: Chartered to Dieppe Ferries (SNCF) for services between Dieppe – Newhaven.

September 22nd 1988: Arrived St John, Newfoundland for further lay up.

1989: Commenced operations for Marine Atlantic.

1992: Chartered to Opale Ferries, Boulogne, France. Inaugural service Boulogne – Folkestone.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

Courtesy of Michael Woodland

Courtesy of Michael Woodland

July 1992: Underwent berthing trials at Ramsgate.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

July 4th 1993: Opale Ferries went bankrupt.

July 4th 1993: Chartered to Meridian Ferries, Folkestone, England. Renamed SPIRIT OF BOULOGNE. Transferred to Bahama flag, home port Nassau.

July 4th 1993: Inaugural sailing Folkestone – Boulogne.

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

© Bernd Crause (Boulogne, 23/05/1994)

July 5th 1994: Ran aground near Boulogne.

1994: Rebuilt.

© Frank Lose  © Ken Larwood

© Frank Lose (left) and © Ken Larwood (right)

March 15th 1995: Meridian Ferries went bankrupt and she was laid-up in Boulogne.

1995: Returned to Marine Atlantic, laid up in Dover. Renamed MARINE EVANGELINE.

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

1995: Laid up in Southampton

© Tony Garner

© Tony Garner (Southampton, 09/04/1995)

June 21st 1995: Chartered to Sealink Stena Line, commenced services between Newhaven – Dieppe.

© Alan Geddes

© Alan Geddes (Arrival Belfast 16/11/1995)

October 6th 1995: Dun Laoghaire – Holyhead replacing the Stena Cambria.

© Dave Rimmer

© Dave Rimmer (Dun Laoghaire late 1995/96)

October 13th 1995: Opened new freight ferry service between Holyhead – Dublin. Service taken over by the STENA TRAVELLER.

November 1995: Inaugural sailing between Stranraer – Belfast.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

April 2nd 1996: Began operations Newhaven – Dieppe.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andy Gilbert

© Andreas Wörteler (left) and © Andy Gilbert (right)

© Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith (Newhaven 15/05/1996)

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Dieppe, 06/07/1996)

October 1996: Charter completed and initially laid up in Southampton. Then sailed to Hull to continue lay-up.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Alexandra Dock, Hull 19/10/1996)

October 1997: Chartered to Hansatee Oy, Tallinn, Estonia.

October 31st 1997: Inaugural sailing for Tallink between Kapellskär – Paldiski.

August 1998: Sold to Hansatee Oy, Tallinn, Estonia. Renamed KAPELLA.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

December 1998: Suffered an engine-room fire whilst arriving at Kapellskär.

January 1999: Returned to service.

March 2004: Inaugural sailing between Tallinn – Helsinki.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Helsinki, 05/07/2004)

March 2006: Inaugural sailing between Paldiski – Kapellskär.

© Simonwp

New” © Simonwp (Vaxholm, 01/07/2006)

© Aleksi Lindström (Helsinki, 23/01/2007)

January 2007: Commenced services between Tallinn – Helsinki.

April 2007: Commenced services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Paldiski, 12/07/2007)

October 2008: Laid up in Paljassaare (Lahesoo anchorage), Tallinn.

2008: Registered Owner : Tallink Group, Estonia. Ship Manager: HT Shipmanagement, Estonia

June 5th 2010 – September 1st 2010: Commenced services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.

October 31st 2010 – 2011: Services between Paldiski – Kapellskär.

2011: Laid up in Tallinn.

June 21st 2011 – August 31st 2011: Services between Åbo – Kapellskär.

October 17th 2011 – October 28th 2011: Chartered to Rederi Ab Lillgaard, Åland for services between Långnäs – Nådendal.

October 29th 2011: Laid up in Tallinn.

August 3rd 2012: Sold to Kapella Shipping Ltd, Panama and renamed ULS FERRY 1.

September 2012: Commenced services for ULS Global between Sillamäe – Ust-Luga.



Sillamäe, Estonia © Ian Greenwood

January 2016: Still in service between Sillamäe – Ust-Luga for ULS Global.

October 2016: Known to be laid-up in Tallin

June 12th 2017: Advertised “For Sale” (Ship-Broker.EU).

November 12th 2017: Sold to Shega Trans SA, Tirana, Albania and renamed ANA.

April 2018: Left Tallinn for Albania.

May 3rd 2018: Left Durres for Ravenna (Italy)


Shega Line

May 4th 2018: Arrived in Ravenna. Inspected and found to have 23 deficiencies. Impounded by Coast Guard.

May 15th 2018:  In service, twice weekly, between Ravenna – Shengjin (Albania)

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: Peter Bailey MBE, Bernd Crause, Tony Garner, Alan Geddes, Andy Gilbert, Frank Heine, Ron Hutchins (Courtesy of Derek Sands), Ken Larwood, Nicolas Levy, Aleksi Lindström, Frank Lose, Dave Rimmer, Simonwp, Robert J Smith, Michael Woodland, Shega Line and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature. A special thanks goes to Micke Asklander (Faktaomfartyg) and Ian Greenwood.

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

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