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MV Dorset Coast – Cargo from the Past

MV Ourania

Ex Denton Venture, El Kheer, El Hussain, Dorset Coast



Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1959 by Ardrossan Dockyard Ltd Yard, Ayrshire (Yard No 427) as a Cargo/Container Ship.

Technical Data

  • Length: 67.08m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 10.94 m
    Depth: 4.48 m
    Draught: 4.419 m
    Tonnage: 1206 – 1225 gross/626 – 610 net/1297t – 1277t deadweight
    Engines: 7-cylinder 2 SA 7-cylinder Sulzer diesel engine
    Power: kW/1260 bHP
    Speed: 11.5 knots
    Capacity: 1,841 cubic metres (65,045 cubic feet), 30 cars
    Call Sign: GBVE
    IMO Number: 5093181
    Official Number: 301304
    Port of Registry: Liverpool/UK, London/UK, San Lorenzo/Honduras, Piraeus/Greece


January 13th 1959: Launched.

May 1959: Delivered as DORSET COAST for Coast Lines Ltd, Liverpool.



March 3rd 1963: Following the withdrawal of DEAL (II), demise charter to British Railways Board for use at Folkestone.

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection (Folkestone)

February 1964: “Damaged her propeller in Boulogne and was withdrawn for repairs. In her place came the Newhaven – Dieppe cargo vessel BREST (II).”.

Roy Thornton Collection

BREST (II) @ Folkestone (Roy Thornton Collection)

September 1st 1965: Charter ended.

1966: Converted to a container ship.

1970: To Coast Lines (Services) Ltd, Liverpool.

1971: Registered under Coast Lines (Services) Ltd.

February 26th 1971: Coast Lines Ltd acquired by The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company Ltd.



October 1st 1971: Management transferred to P&O Short Sea Shipping Ltd.

August 1st 1972: Registered under Belfast Steamship Company Ltd.

October 1st 1973: Registered under General Steam Navigation (Trading) Ltd.

March 31st 1975: Management transferred to P&O Ferries.

April 30th 1976: Registered under P&O Ferries (General European) Ltd.

July 14th 1978: Registered under P&O Ferries Ltd.

February 22nd 1979: Sold to James Stewart Tyrrell, Irish Republic and renamed EL HUSSEIN.



1980: Owner re-styled Delta Marine & Trading Co, Egypt

1981: Sold to Omar Ibrahim, Saudi Arabia.

1981: Sold to Sayed Mohamed Sadaka Hitfa, Egypt and renamed EL KHEER.

1981: Sold to Naviera Denton Venture S de R L, San Lorenzo, Honduras and renamed DENTON VENTURE.

© PWR  © PWR


1984: Sold to Isabella Maritime Co, Piraeus and renamed OURANIA.

1985: Sold to Brugse Scheepssloperij SA, Belgium for demolition.

June 24th 1985: Demolition commenced at Bruges.

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: John Hendy and PWR for their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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