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Name: HOLYHEAD FERRY I
Type: Passenger Ferry
Launched: 17/02/1965
Completed: 07/1965
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie (Ship Builders) Ltd
Yard: Hebburn
Yard Number: 757
Dimensions: 867dwt, 3879grt, 1461nrt, 369.0 x 57.2 x 12.8ft
Engines: 2 x Steam turbines, 12000hp
Engines by: Hawthorn, Leslie (Engineering) Ltd, Newcastle
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 19.5knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 307845
History:
07/1965 British Railways Board, London
1976 Renamed EARL LEOFRIC
1979 Sealink (UK) Ltd, London
06/1981 Broken up
Comments: Built for the Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire & Dublin crossing
Designed for roll on roll off (Ro-Ro) operation through stern door
Initally she had capacity for 1000 x passengers and 150 x cars
1976: Rebuilt by Swan Hunter to drive through, capacity 205 x cars & 725 x passengers
1981: The huge rise in fuel costs made the steam turbines very expensive to run
06/1981: Broken up at San Esteban de Pravia by Desguaces Aviles


Above photo as HOLYHEAD FERRY I is courtesy of Dover Ferry Photos Library

Above photo as HOLYHEAD FERRY I is courtesy of Dover Ferry Photos Library

Above photo as HOLYHEAD FERRY I is courtesy of Dover Ferry Photos Library

Above photo as HOLYHEAD FERRY I is courtesy of Dover Ferry Photos Library

Above photo as HOLYHEAD FERRY I is courtesy of Dover Ferry Photos Library

Above photo as HOLYHEAD FERRY I is courtesy of Dover Ferry Photos Library

Above photo as EARL LEOFRIC is courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as EARL LEOFRIC is courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as EARL LEOFRIC is courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as EARL LEOFRIC is courtesy of Photoship