Cargo from the PastPast and PresentRoRo

MV Pointe Madame – Cargo from the Past

IMO Number: 7310959

MV Gulf I

Ex Horngulf, Pointe Madame

© Gordon Wise

© Gordon Wise (Dover)

Steel single screw “Pointe Sans Souci (Super Pointes 1973)” Class motor vessel built in 1973 by Chantiers Dubigéon SA (Yard No 135) as a RoRo Cargo Ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 155.35 m (overall) 144.0 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 21.6 m
    Depth: 9.10 m
    Draught: 8.192 m
    Tonnage: 6561 gross/3500 net/8500 t deadweight
    Engines: 2 Vee Oil 4SA Pielstick diesel
    Power: 13428 kW/18000 bHP
    Speed: 20 knots
    Capacity: G 4115 – Ins 1084 cubic meters/144 x 20-foot containers, rear door giving access to a garage for 100 cars.
    Call Sign: FNKJ, J8IE5
    IMO Number: 7310959
    Port of Registry: Le Havre/France , Monrovia/Liberia , Kingstown/Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    Sister-Ship: Pointe Sans Souci (134 ), Pointe La Rose (136)


First of the second series of three multi-purpose polythermal cargo ships which constituted an improvement of the first series of type “Pointe Allégre”.

April 4th 1973: Launched and violently struck the quayside.

October 8th 1973: Completed as POINTE MADAME for Owner and manager: Compagnie Générale Maritime France.

October 30th 1973: First departure from Le Havre for the West Indies, four days late following turbo-fan damage.

September 28th 1978: Assisted the English coaster DOLLY and towed it to Basse Terre.

© John Jones
© John Jones (Sheerness, 12/06/982)

December 1986: HORNGULF transferred to Pluto Shipping Corp. (Liberia), subsidiary of Horn Linie of the CGM Group.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (River Scheldt, May 1985)

© Brian Fisher © Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (River Scheldt. April 1988) (Left) (Muhlenburg, May 1990)

© Frank Foerst © Frank Foerst

© Frank Foerst (Hamburg, 16/07/1989)(Left) (Hamburg, 05/05/1990)(Right)

August 1993: GULF I for Schiffahrtskontor Horn-Linie OHG.

© Gerolf Drebes © Frank Foerst

© Gerolf Drebes (Hamburg, 15/08/1993) (Left) © Frank Foerst (Hamburg, 25/08/1993) (Right)

1993: Scrapped at Alang.

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: Brian Fisher, Gerolf Drebes, Frank Foerst, John jones and Gordon Wise for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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