ex Pride of Al Salam 2, Pride of Hampshire, Viking Venturer
Viking Venturer – © Brian Fisher (Southampton, June 1983)
Steel triple screw motor vessel built in 1974 by Aalborg Værft A/S, Aalborg, Denmark (Yard no 203) for Townsend-Thoresen European Ferries as a passenger and vehicle ferry.
- Length: 128.71m (overall), 119.87m (between perpendiculars)/ 143.67 m (overall) 137.67 (between perpendiculars) (1986)
- Breadth: 20.22 m (extreme), 19.81m (moulded)/ 23.47m (extreme) 23.00m (moulded) (1986)
- Depth: 11.61m
- Draught: 4.53m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 6,387 – 14,760 gross/2,918 – 7,014 net/1,616 – 1,544 deadweight
- Engines: Two 8-cylinder Werkspoor 8TM410 “Wing” diesels, one 9-cylinder TM410 “centre” diesel
- Power: 10,665 kW
- Speed: 19.0 knots (service)/ 18 knots (service)
- Capacity: 1,200 passengers, 275 cars/713 – 1,316 passengers 380 cars
- Call Sign: GUPM, HOPD
- IMO Number: 7358286
- Official Number: 365082
- Port of Registry: Southampton, Portsmouth, Panama
- Sister ships: Viking Valiant, Viking Viscount, Viking Voyager
“ The first in a quartet of Townsend Thoresen’s Aalborg-built ‘Super Viking’ class”
June 1st 1974: Launched.
January 1975: Delivered to Townsend Car Ferries Ltd., Southampton, England.
January 11th 1975: Commenced service with Townsend Thoresens services between Southampton – Le Havre.
Viking Venturer – Nigel Thornton Collection
May 28th 1975: Commenced services between Portsmouth – Le Havre.
Viking Venturer – © Brian Fisher (Cardiff, 1977) (left) Nigel Thornton Collection (right)
Viking Venturer – © John Jones (Southampton, 18/10/1981)
1983: Chartered to the British Ministry of Defence for a trip to the Persian Gulf.
March 25th 1983: Introduced between Southampton – Le Havre.
🆕 Viking Venturer – Postcards
1984: A new TT logo, in white, was introduced on the funnels.
Viking Venturer – © Robert J Smith (Southampton, 25/08/1984)(left) © Brian Fisher (right)
December 7th 1984: Introduced between Portsmouth – Le Havre.
December 8th 1985: Arrived at Schichau Unterweser AG, Bremerhaven, Germany for “Jumboisation”. Fitted with larger forward sections as well as being horizontally cut in two with an additional full-length vehicle deck inserted enabling VENTURER and VALIANT to carry 60 lorries.
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Viking Venturer – Courtesy of John Hendy
Viking Venturer – © Bob Scott (Bremerhaven, 01/05/1986)
May 19th 1986: Resumed commercial traffic.
Viking Venturer – © Bian Fisher (Portsmouth, 01/04/1987)
1987: Following the “HERALD” disaster, from spring onwards, pale blue funnels with P&O flag logo became the norm.
Viking Venturer – Photoship (Left) © Brian Fisher (Portsmouth, 01/06/1987) (Right)
October 1987: There was a change to P&O European Ferries navy blue hull and funnel.
December 31st 1987: Registered under P&O European Ferries, London, England.
May 1989: Renamed PRIDE OF HAMPSHIRE.
Pride of Hampshire – © Peter Wearing (both)
Pride of Hampshire – © Simonwp (06/05/1989)
March 18th 1991: Sold to Investments Co, BMBF (No, 15), England. Bareboat chartered to P&O European Ferries.
Pride of Hampshire – © Brian Fisher (both) (Portsmouth 1991 – 1990)
Pride of Hampshire – © Ken Larwood
Pride of Hampshire – © Fotoflite
June 22nd 1994: Final day operating between Portsmouth – Le Havre.
July 10th 1994: Commenced service between Portsmouth – Cherbourg.
September 25th 1994: During a lifeboat drill in Cherbourg, some of the boats fell straight into the water. Eight crewmen were injured.
Pride of Hampshire – © Malcolm Cranfield (Portsmouth, 20/10/2001)
September 30th 2002: Final day in service for P&O.
September 2002: Sold to El Salam Maritime, Panama.
October 2002: Renamed PRIDE OF AL SALAM 2.
🆕 Pride of Al Salam 2 © Juanfra Monzón (Almería, 30/06/2003)
June 2003 – August 2003: Chartered to Comanav, Morocco. Introduced between Seté – Nador.
June 2004: Chartered to COMANAV, Morocco. Renamed OUJDA.
Oujda – © Franks Heine (Seté, 09/08/2004)(both)
June 14th 2004 – October 22nd 2004: Operated between Seté – Nador.
June 13th 2005 – September 21st 2005: Chartered to COMANAV, Morocco for services between Seté – Nador.
June 2006 – September 2006: Chartered to COMANAV, Morocco for services between Seté – Nador.
Oujda – © Federico Bolognini (Suez, 17/06/2006)
Oujda – © Franks Heine (Seté, 22/07/2006) (All)
November 2006: Services from Safaga, Egypt.
July 2007 – September 2007: Chartered to COMANAV, Morocco for services between Seté – Nador.
February 2010: Sold to Indian breakers.
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: Federico Bolognini, Malcolm Cranfield, Brian Fisher, Frank Heine,John Jones, Ken Larwood, Juanfra Monzón, Bob Scott, Robert J Smith,Peter Wearing, Simonwp and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.
Special thanks go to John F Hendy.