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MV Stena Danica (I) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 6516532

MV Lady Caribe I

ex Hull 209, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Stena Danica (I)

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

Steel  twin screw motor vessel, built in 1965 by Ateliers et Chantiers de la Seine-Maritime, LeTrait, France  (Yard No. 172), for Stena Ab, Göteborg as a passenger and vehicle ferry. 

Technical Data

  • Length: 79.83m (261.10 ft)(overall)/ 72.02m (236.3 ft)(between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth of hull: 16.21m (53.185 ft)(extreme)
  • Depth: 3.99m (12.80 ft)
  • Draught: 10.14m (33.28 ft)
  • Tonnage: 2,612 gross (@ 1967), 2,690/1, 160 net (@ 1967) 2,482 net (1969 – 1999), 1,270/615 (@ 1967) deadweight 640
  • Engines: Two 12-cylinder Klockner – Humboldt – Deutz SBV12M350 diesels
  • Power: 6,000 kW
  • Speed: 17.5 knots
  • Capacity: 1,000 passengers, 129 cars or 28 lorries (main deck) 40 cars (side galleries)
  • Call Sign: SDFG, VYSM
  • IMO Number: 6516532
  • Registry: Gothenburg/Sweden 🇸🇪, Charlottetown/Canada  🇨🇦, Honduras 🇭🇳
  • Sister Ship: Stena Nordica (173)


September 14th 1964: Keel laid.

Edmund Ziegler Collection

🆕 Edmund Ziegler Collection

May 3rd 1965: Launched.

June 19th 1965: Delivered to Stena Ab, Göteborg.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

June 24th 1965: Commenced service between Gothenburg/Stenpiren – Frederikshavn. With her arrival the emphasis was shifted from more purchasing-oriented trips to Skagen over to rapid and comfortable passenger and car transport.

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December 2nd 1967 – April 1968: Chartered to Townsend Car Ferries. Operated between Dover – Zeebrugge.

© A G Jones © A G Jones

© A G Jones (both)

March 17th – March 20th 1968: Deputised for the FREE ENTERPRISE I between Dover – Calais

March 1969: Sold to Canadian National Railway Co, Ottawa, Canada.

June 1969: Renamed LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY. Commenced services between Cape Tormentine – Port Borden.

1971: Commenced services between North Sydney – Port aux Basques.

1975: Chartered to Cooperative de Transport et Aeriens (C.T.M.A.), Canada. Commenced services between Magdalen Islands – Souris, Prince Edward Island.

1977: Taken over by the Ministry of Transport, Ottawa, Canada. Re-classed as 300 passengers and 90 cars.

Courtesy of Simonwp

🆕  Courtesy of Simonwp (St Lawrence, June 1978)

May 15th 1998: Laid up in Sydney (Nova Scotia). Renamed HULL 209.

March 1999: Sold to Robbie Shipping & Port Service Inc, San Lorenzo, Honduras. Renamed LADY CARIBE I.

1999: Supposed plans to convert her into a floating casino in Key West did not materialise.

1999: Laid up in Key West

© Frank Heine © Frank Heine  

© Frank Heine (Key West 20/05/1999)

April 2004: Chartered to an unknown company in the Dominican Republic.

October 23rd 2005: This ship is not currently active. She is tied up to a wharf in Florida and hasn’t sailed since 1999 since arriving from Canada. Her new owners haven’t used her yet.


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: Fotoflite , Frank Heine, 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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