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MV St Clare – Past and Present

MV St Clare

St Clare © Ray Goodfellow

Portsmouth 16/04/06 © Ray Goodfellow

Steel quadruple ‘Voith Schneider’ “204 PCU” motor vessel built in 2001 by Gdansk Shiprepair “Remontowa”, Gdansk, Poland (Yard No 653) as a Double Ended Car Passenger Ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 85.97 m (overall) m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 18.40 m (max)
  • Depth: m
  • Draught: 4.60 m (max)
  • Tonnage: 5459 gross/ net/769 deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x Wartsila 5L20 diesel
  • Power: 3300 kW/HP
  • Propulsion: 4 x Voith Schneider 21G 11/115 Cycloidal propellers
  • Speed: 13 knots
  • Capacity: 820 passengers + crew, 204 cars
  • Crew: 15
  • Call Sign: ZNNR5
  • IMO Number: 9236949
  • MMSI Number: 235002514
  • Official Number: 904282
  • Port of Registry: London/UK

Location Data

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March 2001: Launched.

April 26th 2001: Christened.

July 2001: St Clare delivered to Ing Lease UK, Ltd, Portsmouth, UK (Management Wightlink Ltd).

July 12th 2001: Left builders for Portsmouth.

July 16th 2001: Arrived Portsmouth.

July 20th 2001: Entered service between Portsmouth – Fishbourne.

© Robert J Smith  © Derek Sands

© Robert J Smith (Portsmouth 16/04/2003) (Left) and © Derek Sands (2004) (Right)

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Portsmouth 21/05/2004)

St Clare © Ray Goodfellow  St Clare © Ray Goodfellow

Portsmouth 16/04/06 © Ray Goodfellow

January – February 2015: Totally refurbished during annual refit.

St Clare  St Clare

St Clare  St Clare

© Ray Goodfellow

© Carsten Dettmer  © John Jones

© Carsten Dettmer (left) and © John Jones (right)

2018: Upper car decks extended by 5m at either end to enable double deck loading at Wightlinks newly refurbished terminals at Portsmouth Gunwharf and Fishbourne.

© Robert J Smith  © Simonwp

Portsmouth 07/12/2016 © Robert J Smith (Left) and Portsmouth 12/06/2018 © Simonwp (Right)

St Clare  St Clare

St Clare

© Ray Goodfellow

June 20th 2019: Damen Dunkirk shipyards due to a propeller problem.

© Julien Carpentier 


© Julien Carpentier

June 29th 2019: Left Dunkirk for Portsmouth.

June 30th 2019: Resumed Portsmouth – Fishbourne.

January 24th 2020: Came off service at Portsmouth and sailed to Dunkirk.

January 25th 2020: Arrived Damen, Dunkirk (East).

February 13th 2020: Left Damen Dunkirk and sailed to Portsmouth.

February 14th 2020: Arrived in Portsmouth.

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: Carsten Dettmer, Julien Carpentier, John Jones, Derek Sands, Simonwp, Robert J Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


  1. Dear Nigel ,
    thank you for your interesting posts .
    If you dont mind I would like ask you a question .
    Years ago , if Im not wrong we use an abbreviation on MS not MV,
    Could you explain it to me ,please
    Thank you .
    Best regards
    Waldemar (Tim ) Kilian

    1. Tim,

      Thanks for your comment

      Some thirteen years ago, when I started compiling the articles, I had to decide how to refer to the ships.

      I did not find any definitive answer and it is my understanding that MV and MS are interchangeable.

      Research on-line together with consulting “Old Sea Dogs” led me to decide on MV.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_prefix offers a further explanation.

      Nigel Thornton

  2. You’re photos are always astonishing Nigel. Same with meticulous information. You’re one of a kind.

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