ex Media V, Media II, Neptunia, European Glory, Sunny Boat, Vasmed, Caravan, Sun Boat, Viking Victory, Viking I
Viking I – © Fotoflite, Dover Ferry Photos Library
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1964 by Kaldnes Mekaniske Verksted A/S. Tonsberg, Norway, (Yard No 158) for Otto Thoresen Shipping Co. A/S, Oslo, Norway, as a passenger and vehicle ferry
- Length: 99.50m (overall)
- Breadth of Hull: 18.32m (extreme)
- Draught: 4.42m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 3,680 gross, 1,782 net, 1,199 deadweight
- Engines: Two 12-cylinder, Pielstick – Lindholmens diesels
- Power: 7620 kW
- Speed: 18.5 knots
- Capacity: 940 passengers, 180 cars
- Call Sign: JXYO, H2PJ
- IMO Number: 6407652
- Registry: Oslo, Limassol
- Sisters: Viking II, Viking III
October 1963: Keel laid.
January 31st 1964: Launched
April 29th 1964: Delivered to Otto Thoresen Shipping Co A/S, Oslo, Norway.
May 4th 1964: Introduced between Southampton – Cherbourg , being registered as CARFERRY VIKING I.
September 7th 1964: Slightly damaged in Outer Dock, Southampton when in collision with British Railways cargo vessel ELK.
1965 (Winter): Chartered to Atlantic Steam Nav. Co., London. Introduced between Tilbury/ Felixstowe – Rotterdam – Antwerp.
1965 (Summer): Operated between Southampton – Cherbourg.
🆕Viking I – © Brian Fisher
January 1966 – March 1966: Chartered to Atlantic Steam Navigation for service between Tilbury (London)- Antwerp.
March 1966: Back operating between Southampton – Cherbourg.
December 21st 1966 – February 18th 1967: Chartered to Atlantic Steam Navigation for the Antwerp – Rotterdam route then switched to the Irish Sea and operated seventeen sailings between Preston and Belfast/Larne. She then went to Oslo for the fitting of additional cabin accommodation behind the bridge.
March 1967: Back in service between Southampton – Cherbourg.
Viking I – © John Clarkson, Dover Ferry Photos Library
September 12th 1968: Registered to Thoresen Car Ferries A/S, Oslo and chartered for 20 years to Thoresen Car Ferries Ltd., Southampton. Merger of Otto Thoresen Shipping Co, A/S, Oslo and Townsend Car Ferries, Dover. Joint companies named changed to Townsend Thoresen Car Ferries.
October 11th 1969: Chartered to Oy Siljarederiet AB, Åbo, Finland. Left Southampton for Åbo via Lübeck.
🆕 Viking I (Charter to Silja Line)
October 15th 1969 – December 25th 1969: Operated between Stockholm – Mariehamn – Åbo.
November 1st 1969: Damaged in severe storms and repaired at Finnboda Yard.
November 11th 1969: Resumed in service.
Viking I – © J K Byass, Dover Ferry Photos Library
December 25th 1969: Left Stockholm for Dover.
Viking I – © Fotoflite
December 28th 1969: Commenced service between Dover – Zeebrügge.
February 4th 1970 – February 27th 1970: Laid up in Southampton.
February 1970 – April 1970: Major refit at builders yard in Bergen, Norway.
🆕 Viking I
April 1970 – October 15th 1970: Operated between Southampton – Le Havre/ Cherbourg.
October 16th 1970: Left Southampton for Gothenburg.
October 18th 1970 – November 27th 1970: Major refit at builders yard in Gothenburg.
November 29th 1970: Introduced between Southampton – Le Havre/ Cherbourg.
October 1st 1973: Chartered to Travemünde-Trelleborg Linien GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Germany. Left Southampton for Travemünde.
October 6th 1973 – March 1974: Operated between Trelleborg – Travemünde.
March 1974: Commenced service between Southampton – Le Havre/ Cherbourg.
February 1975: Chartered for a month to Lion Ferry Ab, Halmstad, for use with Prinzen Line services between Hamburg – Harwich.
April 11th 1975 – May 21st 1975: Operated between Felixstowe – Zeebrügge.
Viking Victory – Andreas Wörteler Collection
June 17th 1976: Renamed VIKING VICTORY. Introduced between Portsmouth – Le Havre/ Cherbourg.
Viking Victory – © Urbain Ureel
September 1976 – December 1976: Chartered to Stena Line Ab, Gothenburg. Operated between Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.
December 1977: Laid up in England.
June 1977 – September 1977: Operated between Portsmouth – Cherbourg.
Viking Victory – Dover Ferry Photos Library
September 1977: Laid up as an accommodation ship in Southampton.
October 1st 1977 – November 23rd 1977: Chartered to Travemünde-Gedser Ruten A/S, Gedser, Denmark. Operated between Gedser – Travemünde.
April 1st 1978 – April 28th 1978: Chartered to Sealink U.K. Ltd. Operated between Weymouth – Guernsey – Jersey, as cover for the strike-bound EARL GODWIN.
Viking Victory – © Ken Larwood
May 18th 1978 – September 10th 1978: Operated between Portsmouth – Cherbourg.
October 31st 1978: Introduced between Felixstowe – Europort.
June 1979 – September 1979: Portsmouth – Cherbourg. Thereafter laid up for the winter.
June 1980 – September 1980: Operated between Portsmouth – Cherbourg.
April 9th 1981 – April 16th 1981: Chartered to Sealink Manx Line for Heysham – Douglas services.
April 21st 1981 – September 13th 1981: Operated between Portsmouth – Cherbourg.
September 13th 1981: Departed Portsmouth for Gothenburg to be laid up for sale.
Sun Boat – © A Scrimali, Dover Ferry Photos Library
1983: Sold to Euphoria Navigation Sa, Limassol, Cyprus, renamed SUN BOAT. Introduced by Happiness Maritime Co between Piraeus – Rhodess – Limassol – Beirut – Latakia.
Sun Boat – © Tony Garner (Piraeus 21/06/1983)
February 7th 1985: A fire on the SEA NYMPH, which was moored alongside, spread causing minor damage.
April 1985: Sold to Red Sea Line SA, Limassol, Cyprus, renamed CARAVAN. Introduced between Aqaba – Jeddah – Suez.
April 19th 1986: Sold to Bluebird Shipping Co Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus, renamed VASMED.
Sunny Boat – Andreas Wörteler Collection
1986: Registered to Sharo Shipping Co. Ltd., Limassol, Cyprus. Renamed SUNNY BOAT. Operated between Piraeus – Rhodes – Heraklion – Limassol – Latakia.
July 1990: Chartered to European Seaways. Renamed EUROPEAN GLORY. Operated between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Korfu – Brindisi.
European Glory – © A Scrimali, Andreas Wörteler Collection
European Glory – © Frank Heine (Patras 14/07/1990)
July 1991: Sold to Regonti Navigation Ltd, Piraeus, Greece.
September 1991: Chartered to Hellenic Mediterranean Lines Piraeus, Greece. Renamed NEPTUNIA. Introduced between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Corfu – Brindisi.
1992: Sold to Hellenic Mediterranean Lines, Piraeus, Greece (Registered in Cyprus with home port being Limassol). Renamed MEDIA II. Introduced between Patras – Igoumenitsa – Corfu – Brindisi.
Media II – © Andreas Wörteler
Media II – © Frank Heine (Brindisi 16/07/1992)
March 8th 2002: Sold to Mediterranean Freedom Marine, Limassol, Cyprus, renamed MEDIA V. Introduced between Italy – Albania.
Media V – © Andreas Wörteler (all)
Media V – © Frank Heine (Brindisi 23/07/2002)
Media V – © Frank Heine (Brindisi 27/07/2004)
May 1st 2005: Arrested in Durres, Albania.
September 9th 2006: Arrived Igoumenitsa.
November 16th 2006: Arrived Drapetsona.
2007: Planned services for Ionian Sky Ferries between Brindisi – Corfu – Igoumenitsa did not materialise and she was laid up.
Media V – © Aleksi Lindstrom
Media V – © Frank Heine (Perama 07/08/2007)
2007: During the autumn she was floated to Eleusis Bay to await scrapping.
March 12th 2008: Sold by auction for breaking.
May 4th 2008: Having been renamed EDI arrived in Aliaga, Turkey.
May 14th 2008: Beached and scrapping commenced.
Edi – © Selim San
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: Brian Fisher, Tony Garner, Frank Heine, John Hendy, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, Selim San, Urbain Ureel and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.