FerriesOlau LinePast and PresentStena Line

MV Olau Finn – Past and Present

IMO Number: 6524905

MV Sancak I

ex Captain Zaman I, Festos, Folkliner, Olau Finn, Finnpartner, Stena Atlantica, Saga

© John Jones

© John Jones

Twin screw motor vessel built in 1965 by Lindholmens Varv Ab, Goteborg, (Yard no 1093) as a passenger and motor vehicle ferry for Rederi Ab, Swedish Lloyd, Goteborg

Technical Data

  • Length: 142.20m (overall) 128.02m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 20.96m
  • Depth: 14.03m
  • Draught: 5.519m
  • Tonnage: 7889 – 2978 gross/3322 – 3540 net/2600 – 2794 deadweight
  • Engines: Four Oil Sa 6-cylinder Pielstick-Lindholmens diesels
  • Power: 7414 kW/10080 HP
  • Speed: 18.0 knots
  • Capacity: 408 passenger 100 cars (1965), 1,500 passengers 300 cars (?)
  • Call Sign: SEXA, OIBT, SYXI, TCNK
  • IMO Number: 6524905
  • Official Number:
  • Port of Registry: Gothenburg/Sweden 🇸🇪, Helsinki/Finland 🇫🇮, Kaskinen/Finland 🇫🇮, Iraklion/Greece 🇬🇷, Istanbul/Turkey 🇹🇷
  • Sister Ships: Patricia (1095), Svea (1096)


October 18th 1965: Launched.

May 2nd 1966: Delivered to Rederi Ab Svenska Lloyd Göthenburg.

© Fotoflite Image Ref: 243383

© Fotoflite,

May 12th 1966: Commenced service between Göthenburg – Hull.

October 4th 1966: Commenced service between Gothenburg – Tilbury (London).

November 1971: Sold to Stena Ab, Göthenburg.

February 7th 1972: Taken over by Stena Ab, Göthenburg and renamed STENA ATLANTICA. Rebuilt with more cabins/berths.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

March 15th 1972: Commenced service between Gothenburg – Kiel.

May 1972: Owners changed name to Stena Line Ab, Göthenburg.

June 1972 – August 1972: Services extended from Kiel – Korsör.

© Wolfgang Fricke

© Wolfgang Fricke (Kiel, 01/09/1972)

September 4th 1972: Commenced services between Gothenburg – Copenhagen.

January 1973: Sold to Thomesto Oy, Helsinki, Finland. (Oy Finnlines).

March 13th 1973: Taken over by Thomesto Oy and renamed FINNPARTNER in Gothenburg.

April 9th 1973: Commenced service between Helsinki – Nynäshamn – Travemünde.



September 8th 1973: Inaugural cruise around the Canaries.

June 1974 – November 1974: Services between Helsinki – Nynäshamn – Travemünde.

August 14th 1974: Med cruises suspended owing to political circumstances in Cyprus.

November 3rd 1974: Cruises around West-Africa.

June 1975: Services between Helsinki – Nynäshamn – Travemünde.

December 1st 1975: Laid up in Helsinki.

March 24th 1976: Chartered to Olau Line and renamed OLAU FINN.

Courtesy of Chris Howell Courtesy of Chris Howell  

Courtesy of Chris Howell (Flushing, 03/07/1977)

Andreas Wörteler Collection  Andreas Wörteler Collection  

Andreas Wörteler Collection (© Cees De Bijl)

© Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

May 1st 1976 – February 15th 1982: Services between Sheerness – Vlissingen.

© Achim Borchert (Frank Heine Collection) © Achim Borchert (Frank Heine Collection)

© Achim Borchert (Frank Heine Collection)( June 1977)

Andreas Wörteler Collection Andreas Wörteler Collection  

Andreas Wörteler Collection (© Cees DeBijl)

June 10th 1981: Bomb threat against the vessel. Proved to be a hoax.

May 1981: Collided with the ramp at Sheerness. Damage 4ft x 3ft hole in her stern. Temporary repairs, welded plate inside the ship and filling the hole with quick setting cement. Vessel sailed on time!

© John Jones © Capt Jan Melchers  

© John Jones (Flushing, 08/05/1982)(Left) and © Capt Jan Melchers (Right)

© Ken Larwood © Cees De Bijl

© Ken Larwood (Left) © Cees De Bijl (Right)

May 15th 1981: Final day in service for Olau having made 4,286 trips between Sheerness – Vlissingen.

May 15th 1981: Charter completed and returned to Thomesto.

May 25th 1982: Arrived Kaskö 

May 1982: Sold to Finska Postbanken (PSP-Rahoitus Oy), Finland.

May 25th 1982: Chartered to Folkline, Kaskö, Finland and renamed FOLKLINER.

May 28th 1982: Services between Kaskö – Gävle.

© Jurgen Stein  © Simonwp

© Jurgen Stein (Left) 🆕 © Simonwp (Right)

August 24th 1984: Folkline went bankrupt owing 10 million FIM.

September 3rd 1984: Final day in service between Gävle – Kaskö.

September 8th 1984: Laid up in Turku and advertised for sale.

October 30th 1984: Sold to Minoan Lines Shipping SA, Heraklion, Greece for $4.8 million.

November 8th 1984: Renamed FESTOS and left Turku for the Mediterranean.

© Simonwp © Simonwp

© Simonwp (Piraeus 01/09/1985) 

1985: Services between Piraeus – Heraklion.

© Frank Heine © Frank Heine  

© Frank Heine (Piraeus, 17 – 21/07/1990)

© Yvon Perchoc

© Yvon Perchoc (Heraklion, 28/06/1991)

1992: Services between Ancona – Igoumenitsa – Corfu and Piraeus – Heraklion.

1993: Services between Ancona – Kefallonia – Patras – Heraklion – Cesme.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Ancona, 23/07/1996)

1997: Services between Venice – Corfu – Igoumenitsa – Patras.

February 1998: Sold to Ferro Feribot ve Roro Tasimaciligi, Istanbul, Turkey (Registered to Sirene Shipping & Trading Inc., Belize) and renamed CAPTAIN ZAMAN I.

February 19th 1998: Left Piraeus for Istanbul and began trading under TEM-Diler Lines.

1998 (Spring): Chartered to General National Maritime Co, Tripoli, Libya for services between Benghazi – Valletta.

July 1998: Services between Brindisi – Igoumenitsa.

June 21st 2000 – September 25th 2000: Chartered to Compagnie Marocaine de Navigation (COMANAV), Morocco and introduced between Nador – Sete.

June 2001: Sold to Sancak Line, Istanbul, Turkey and renamed SANCAK I.

June 2nd 2001: Services between Brindisi – Cesme.

©  Aleksi Lindström

April 16th 2003: Whilst under refit in a shipyard in Tuzla, Turkey a fire broke out.

April 19th 2003: Fire extinguished, but the vessel was totally destroyed.

April 2003: Sold for scrap.

July 24th 2003: Arrived at Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping.

© Selim San

© Selim San


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: Cees De Bijl, Fotoflite, Wolfgang Fricke, Frank Heine, Chris Howell, Ted Ingham, John Jones, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström , Captain Jan Melchers, Yvon Perchoc , 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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