MV Vitsentzos Kornaros
ex Pride of Winchester, Viking Viscount
Viking Viscount – © Fotoflite
Steel triple screw motor vessel built in 1976 by Aalborg Værft A/S, Aalborg, Denmark (Yard no 208) for Townsend Thoresen European Ferries as a passenger and vehicle ferry.
- Length: 128.71m (overall), 119.87m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 20.22 m (extreme), 19.81m (moulded)
- Depth: 11.61m
- Draught: 4.53m (maximum)
- Tonnage: 6,387 gross/2,918 net/1,590 deadweight
- Engines: Two 8-cylinder Werkspoor 8TM410 “Wing” diesels, one 9-cylinder TM410 “centre” diesel
- Power:10,655 kW
- Speed: 20.75 knots (service)
- Capacity: 1,200 passengers, 275 cars
- Call Sign: GVES, SXNX
- IMO Number: 7358327
- Official Number: 362871
- Port of Registry: Dover/UK 🇬🇧, Portsmouth/UK 🇬🇧, Piraeus/Greece 🇬🇷
- Sister ships: Viking Valiant (204), Viking Venturer (203), Viking Voyager (2050.
“ The last in a quartet of Townsend Thoresen’s Aalborg-built ‘Super Viking’ class”
November 7th 1975: Launched by the wife of Mr. George Nott, the former director of European Ferries.
May 1976: Delivered to Townsend-Thoresen European Ferries, Dover, England.
May 18th 1976: Maiden voyage between Felixstowe – Zeebrügge.
Viking Viscount – © Bob Scott (left) © Capt Jan Melchers (right)
Viking Viscount – © Simonwp (Felixstowe 17/09/1979)
October 1977: Transferred for a six month period to Dover to enable the company to maintain their winter schedules of 18 sailings between Calais and Zeebrugge during the refit periods of the ships based at the Kentish port. She became the largest ship to enter on the cross-Channel services in the Dover Strait. Initially the “VISCOUNT” was put on the 08.35 and 20.35 sailings to Zeebrugge from Dover. Her place at Felixstowe was taken by the chartered STENA NORDICA (later RMT’s REINE ASTRID) initially on April 1st 1978 when the “VISCOUNT” returned to her “home” port.
Viking Viscount – © A G Jones (Left) © Kevin Hoggett (Right)
1984: A new TT logo, in white, was introduced on the funnels.
© Brian Fisher – (both)
Viking Viscount – Roy Thornton Collection & © Roger Corveleyn (where noted)
Viking Viscount – © Patrick Hill (Portsmouth, 24/08/1986)
October 1985: Townsend Thoresen decided to convert their Felixstowe – based ships BALTIC FERRY and NORDIC FERRY to multi-purpose passenger/freight ships for the Felixstowe – Zeebrugge service at a cost of over £9 million each. The conversion and transfer of these ships would release the VIKING VOYAGER and VIKING VISCOUNT from the Zeebrugge link so they could be transferred to Portsmouth to operate with their now “jumboised” sisters.
May 7th 1986: Commenced service between Portsmouth/Southampton – Cherbourg/Le Havre.
1987: Following the “HERALD” disaster, from spring onwards, pale blue funnels with P & O flag logo became the norm.
Viking Viscount – © Brian Fisher (Both) (Portsmouth, June 1987)
December 31st 1987: Registered under P&O European Ferries Ltd., Portsmouth, England.
October 1987: There was a change to P & O European Ferries navy blue hull and funnel, be she operated for a time with interim colours of orange hull and dark blue P & O funnel
Viking Viscount – © Aubrey Dale (Left) 🆕Courtesy of David Fremery (Right)
1988 (early): Operated as a seasonal relief between Larne – Cairnryan, then returned to Southampton – Cherbourg.
Viking Viscount – © Carlo Martinelli (Le Havre, 18/08/1988)
1989 (early): Again operated as a seasonal relief between Larne – Cairnryan, then returned to Southampton – Cherbourg.
Viking Viscount – © Aubrey Dale
May 1989: Renamed PRIDE OF WINCHESTER.
September 25th 1989 – December 1989: Operated between Dover – Calais/Boulogne.
Pride of Winchester – © Nigel Thornton
Pride of Winchester – Nigel Thornton Collection, 08/09/1989 (all)
Pride of Winchester – © Gary Davis (Maritime Photographic)
November 1989: During strike periods at Calais, made two visits to Ostend
March 15th 1991: Sold to Howill Shipping, England. Bareboat chartered to P&O European Ferries.
Pride of Winchester – © Andreas Wörteler (Cherbourg, June 1992)(Both)
August 30th 1992: Reportedly ran aground causing minor damage.
July 9th 1994: Made her final trip between Portsmouth – Cherbourg, following which she was laid-up in Southampton.
Pride of Winchester – © Ken Larwood (both)
Pride of Winchester – © Tony Garner (Portsmouth 26/06/1994)
July 1994: Sold to Lasithiotiki Anonymi Naftiliaki Eteria (L.A.N.E.), Aghios Nikolaos, Greece. Renamed VITSENTZOS KORNAROS.
Vitsentzos Kornaros – Photoship
1994: Commenced service for Lane Lines between Piraeus – Agios Nikolaos, Crete.
Vitsentzos Kornaros – © Bernd Crause
1994: Also operates a twice weekly route between Piraeus – Agios Nikolaos – Sitia – Kasos – Karpathos – Rhodes. (now has additional cabins built within her upper vehicle deck)
Vitsentzos Kornaros – © Andreas Wörteler (both)
Vitsentzos Kornaros – © Carsten Dettmer (Chios, 01/07/2005)(Both)
2007: Registered owner: Lasithiotiki Anonymi, Piraeus. Registered manager: Lasithiotiki Anonymi, Piraeus.
June 2007: Commenced services between Piraeus – Milos – Santorini – Agios Nikolaos – Sitia – Kasos – Karpathos – Diafani – Rhodes.
Vitsentzos Kornaros – © Aleksi Lindström (Piraeus, 02/07/2007)
2012: Remains in service with Lane Lines.
Vitsentzos Kornaros – © Dionysis Gerolymatos (all)
Vitsentzos Kornaros – © Aleksi Lindström (Piraeus, 10/05/2010)(Both)
January 2014: Winter lay-up at Drapetsona.
Vitsentzos Kornaros – © Frans Truyens (13/06/2014)
Vitsentzos Kornaros – © Dimitris Mentakis (23/05/2016)
September 2016: Routes include Kythira – Antikythera – Kissamos on the west coast of Crete.
Vitsentzos Kornaros – © Carsten Dettmer (07/08/2016)
June 2017: Suffered severe mechanical failure and laid up at Kynosoura (Salamina)(no effort to repair owing to high cost).
February 2019: Subject to auction, but unsold.
April 3rd 2019: To be subject of second auction.
Vitsentzos Kornaros – © Fabian Vornholt (Salamina, 15/05/2019)(Left) © Dimitris Mantakis (Right)
March 2020: Sold to Turkish breakers at Aliaga.
April 10th 2020: Under tow from tugs CHRISTOS XVII and CHRISTOS XL, left Salamina for Aliaga.
Vitsentzos Kornaros – © Petros Psarras
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: Roger Corveleyn, Bernd Crause, Aubrey Dale, Gary Davis (Maritime Photographic), Carsten Dettmer, Brian Fisher, David Fremery, Tony Garner, Dionysis Gerolymatos, Patrick Hill, Kevin Hoggett, A G Jones, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, Peter Longhurst, Carlo Martinelli, Capt Jan Melchers, Dimitris Mentakis, Petros Psarras, Simonwp, Frans Truyens, Fabian Vornholt and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.