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MV St Magnus (Ex Donautal) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7013604

MV Dona Juana

ex Parseta, Codan Marine, St Magnus, Dorset, Ulster Sportsman, Donautal

© John Clarkson

© John Clarkson

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1970 at Rickmers Werft – Bremerhaven (Yard No 362) for Partenreederei M.S. “Donautal”, Hamburg, Germany

Technical Data

  • Length:¬†96.81 m (overall), 88.02m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 15.83m (extreme), 15.80m (moulded)
  • Depth: 10.32m
  • Draught:¬†4.198m (maximum)
  • Tonnage:¬†1,000 – 1,206 – 915 – 3,575 gross/411 – 561 – 231 -1,072 net/1200 – 1,120 – 1,029 – 937 deadweight
  • Engines:¬†Two 9 cylinder Atlas – MAK 9ZU451AK diesels
  • Power:¬†4,000 bhp/2,942 hp
  • Speed:¬†13.5 knots (service), 16.0 knots (max)
  • Capacity:¬†12 passengers, 410 lane metres of freight
  • Call Sign: GUDC, YYGX
  • IMO Number: 7013604
  • Registry: Lubeck/Germany 🇩🇪, Belfast/UK 🇬🇧, London/UK 🇬🇧, Port Vila/Poland 🇵🇱, Pampatar/Venezuela 🇻🇪.
  • Sister-ship: Thule (359), Isartal (1356), Neckartal (1355)¬†


March 14th, 1970: Launched.

Rickmers Werft

Rickmers Werft

May 23rd, 1970: Delivered to Partenreederei M.S. “Donautal”, Hamburg, Germany.

May 28th 1970 РDecember 21st 1970: Bareboat chartered to Silja Line. Commenced service between Åbo РNorrtälje.

April 26th 1973: Registered to Rollonoff Shipping Ltd., London, England.

June 1st 1974: Sold to Belfast Steamship Co. Ltd. (P&O Ferries), Belfast. Renamed ULSTER SPORTSMAN. Introduced between Liverpool – Belfast.

Roy Thornton Collection   Roy Thornton Collection   

Roy Thornton Collection (both)

© Neil Burns

© Neil Burns (Liverpool, 05/10/1974)

© Robert Turkington 

© Robert Turkington (Belfast, December 1974)

March 31st 1975: Put in service for P&O Ferries.

1975: Bareboat chartered to Seaspeed Ferries, commenced service between Cork – Barry.

October 1975 – January 1978: Bareboat chartered to Truckline Ferries Ltd. Commenced service between Poole – Cherbourg.

January 12th 1976: Renamed DORSET. Owner; Belfast S.S. Co., Ltd. Manager; P&O Ferries.

May 12th 1978: Renamed ST MAGNUS. Owner & Manager; P&O Ferries.

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection  

Roy Thornton Collection (both)

© A G Jones  © John Hendy  

© A G Jones (Left) and © John Hendy (Right)

June 1978: Relieved Normandy Ferries at Dover

© Eugene Sloan

© Eugene Sloan

July 14th 1978: Registered to P&O Ferries, commenced service between  Aberdeen РOrkney Isles, certain times to Norway.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham, 09/05/1980)

February 6th 1979 РFebruary 28th 1979: Relief cover for Normandy Ferries between Dover and Boulogne.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Aberdeen, June 1982)

© Wolfgang Fricke

© Wolfgang Fricke (Lerwick, 01/07/1984)

May 1985: Managers now POETS Fleet Management Ltd, operators were P&O Ferries Ltd.

January 1st 1989: Owners restyled to P&O Scottish Ferries Ltd.

June 4th 1990: Commenced service with P&O European Ferries between Portsmouth – Le Havre.

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (Southampton, July 1990)

© Brian Fisher

© Brian Fisher (Swansea, July 1990)

August 1990: Weymouth for engine repairs

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood  

© Ken Larwood (Weymouth, 1990)(both)

© Achim Borchert (Frank Heine Collection)

© Achim Borchert (Frank Heine Collection)

September 27th 1990: Laid-up in Southampton.

1990: Sold to Blaesbjerg Marine, Aarhus, Denmark (sailed under Bahamian flag). Renamed CODAN MARINE. Bareboat chartered to Polferries for service between Swinoujscie – Ystad.

1991: Sold to Polska Zeluga Baltycka, Kolobrzeg, Poland. Renamed PARSETA.

© Frank Heine © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Ystad, 26/07/1991)

© Capt Jan Melchers © Simonwp

© Capt Jan Melchers (Left) © Simonwp (Ystad, 01/08/1991)(Right)

1995: Sold to Polish Baltic Shipping Co, Port Vila, Panama.

© Bernd Crause (Copenhagen, 13/07/1995)

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Swinoujscie, 13/08/1995)

June 1996: Commenced service between Swinoujscie – Aabenraa.

© Fotoflite Image Ref 210263 © Fotoflite Image Ref 210266

🆕 ¬© Fotoflite

April 1997: Sold to Consolidada de Ferrys (Conferrys), Pampatar, Venezuela. Renamed DONA JUANA.

April 1997: Commenced service between Venezuelan mainland – Margarita Island.

© Frank Heine © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine

© Benoit Donne

© Benoit Donne

Andreas Wörteler Collection

🆕 Andreas W√∂rteler Collection

June 20th 2010: After laying at anchor for 3 years reportedly sunk/lost .


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: Bernt Anderson, Neil Burns, Benoit Donne, Brian Fisher, Fotoflite, Wolfgang Fricke, Frank Heine, John Hendy, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Capt Jan Melchers, Simonwp, Eugene Sloan, Robert Turkington and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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