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MV St Magnus – Past and Present

IMO Number: 7013604

Mv Dona Juana

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

Bernt Anderson Collection

Bernt Anderson Collection

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 (1997)
  • IMO Number: 7013604
  • Registry: Lubeck, Belfast, London, Port Vila/Poland, Venezuela.
  • Sister-ship: Isartal, Neckartal, Thule


March 14th, 1970: Launched.

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

May 28th 1970 – December 21st 1970: Bareboat chartered to Silja Line. Commenced service between Åbo – Norrtälje.

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)

© 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)

June 1978: Relieved Normandy Ferries at Dover

© A G Jones © John Hendy  

© A G Jones (left) and © John Hendy (right)

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

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Immingham 09/05/1980)

February 6th 1979 – February 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)

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.

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

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, Benoit Donne, Brian Fisher, Wolfgang Fricke, Frank Heine, John Hendy, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Capt Jan Melchers, Simonwp, 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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