DFDS

Carl Frederik Tietgen

Carl Frederik Tietgen

Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab (DFDS) was formed on 11 December 1866 as a merger of the three biggest Danish steamship companies under the leadership of Danish financier Carl Frederik Tietgen. Operations began on 1 January 1867 with 19 ships with Copenhagen as the main starting point. The company’s routes at the time were from Denmark to Norway, the Baltic, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Iceland and The Faeroe Islands, with ships carrying both freight and passengers. As the company grew, new connections were opened to Sweden, France, the Mediterranean and Black Sea, as well as North America and South America. In addition, DFDS operated various domestic services in Denmark. After continued expansion of the fleet in the 1880s, DFDS became one of the world’s ten largest ship owning companies.

 

DFDS approached the Great Eastern Railway Company for permission to call at Harwich instead of the Thames Haven, agreement was reached and Riberhuus was the first vessel to sail to Harwich on the 2nd June 1880. Later that year the new Parkeston Quay was completed and the Esbjerg service terminated there. For many years, DFDS had marketed their North Sea passenger operations under the Scandinavian Seaways banner. However, with an increasing emphasis on services serving Holland and Germany, the name was no longer appropriate, and they returned to being called DFDS Seaways in 2000.

Alexandra (II) 

Alexandra (II)

Alexandra (II)

  • Built. 1930 (IMO 5010309)
  • Yard. A/S Helsingørs Jernskibs- og Maskinbyggeri
  • Class of Ship. Cargo Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1931-1964
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 280 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 1463
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 12 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1965

 

  • History:
  • 30/08/1964: Arrived at Esbjerg from Grimsby for layup.
  • 03/12/1964: Sold to Greece.
  • 02/02/1965: Stranded off Tripoli, refloated and arrived at Piraeus
  • 08/03/1965: Sold to Yugoslavia for demolition.
  • 31/07/1965: Left Piraeus in tow for Split.
  • 09/1965: Demolition commenced by Brodospas.

A.P. Bernstorff 

A.P. Bernstorff

A.P. Bernstorff

  • Built. 1913 (IMO 5603462)
  • Yard. Elsinoire Shipbuilding, Elsinore
  • Class of Ship. Passenger steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1913-1957
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1913-1932
  • Length. 291 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 2316
  • Passengers. 112
  • Speed. 15.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 10/09/1957

 

A.P.Bernstorff entered service on the Harwich link in July 1913 and served on a regular basis until 1932. She was captured by the Germans in 1944 but returned to DFDS in June 1945. After the war she was mainly on the Newcastle route before being sold for breaking in 1957.

Arcade Eagle

Arcade Eagle

Arcade Eagle

  • Built. 1981 (IMO 7826324)
  • Yard. Gdansk Shipyard
  • Class of Ship. RORO
  • Operator. Arcade Shipping (Charter)
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1995
  • Length. 133.5 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 9944
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed.
  • Status. Scrapped 01/06/2009

 

History: Global Provider (2009) Ulusoy 4 (2006) Sengela (1996-1997) Arcade Eagle (1994-1996) Autostrada (1990).

Aurora 

Aurora

Aurora

  • Built. 1982 (IMO 8020599)
  • Yard. Rauma Repola OY, Rauma, Finland.
  • Class of Ship. Cargo
  • Operator. Finncarriers (Charter)
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg 1995
  • Length. 155.02
  • Gross Tonnage. 8425
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 18.5 knots
  • Status. Viking Land

 

  • History:
  • Chartered by DFDS 15/06/1995 Harwich-Esbjerg.
  • Renamed Aurora 15/06/1995

Belinda 

Belinda

Belinda

  • Built. 1978 (IMO 7389194)
  • Yard. Ab Lödöse Varv, Lödöse
  • Class of Ship. Cargo
  • Operator. DFDS Charter 1986-1987
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg/Hamburg
  • Length. 161.37
  • Gross Tonnage. 11235
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 17.2 knots
  • Status. Scrapped 24/01/2012

 

  • History:
  • 1986-1987 – Harwich-Rotterdam.
  • 1990-1991 – Harwich-Esbjerg-Hamburg.
  • 1995-1996 – Esbjerg-Harwich/Hull.

Bellona (I) 

Bellona (I)

Bellona (I)

  • Built. 1923 (IMO 1167512)
  • Yard. Deutche Werke
  • Class of Ship. Cargo steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1924-1940
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 241 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 840
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 12 Knots
  • Status. Lost 9/10/1940

 

October 1940: On voyage Hull – Reykjavik with 300 tons of ice set on fire by a German air attack 4 miles E of Gourden, Kincardineshire. Nine men were lost. Drifted aground at Strathlethan Bay S of Stonehaven and wrecked. 

Bellona (II) 

Bellona (II)

Bellona (II)

  • Built. 1955 (IMO 5040029)
  • Yard. Frederikshavn Vaerft
  • Class of Ship. Cargo motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1956-1972
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1956-1972
  • Length. 89.31 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 1481
  • Passengers. 8
  • Speed. 13 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1987

 

  • History:
  • 12.04.1972: Sold to William Lines Inc., Cebu.
  • 14.04.1972: Renamed Tagbilaran City.
  • 1972: Renamed Davao City.
  • 1984: Renamed Wilcox IX.
  • 18.05.1986: Beached 2 miles off Tulungin Point.
  • 07.06.1986: Refloated and towed to Cebu.
  • 1987: Sold to be broken up.

Bergenhus (II)

Bergenhus (II)

Bergenhus (II)

  • Built. 1922 (IMO 5605835)
  • Yard. A /S Helsingørs Jernskibs- OG Maskinbyggeri
  • Class of Ship. Passenger & cargo steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1922-1961
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 242 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage 1398
  • Passengers. 8
  • Speed. 11 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1962

 

  • History:
  • 30/09/1961: Sold to Bruges Scheepssloperij N.V.
  • 02/10/1961: Towed to Bruges for breaking.
  • 08/01/1962: Demolition commenced at Bruges.

Blenda II

Blenda (II)

Blenda (II)

  • Built. 1956 (IMO 5046310)
  • Yard. Frederikshavn Vaerft
  • Class of Ship. Cargo motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1956-1972
  • Route. Harwich – Copenhagen 1971
  • Length. 89.31 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 1481
  • Passengers. 8
  • Speed. 13 Knots
  • Status. Sank 24/12/1976

 

At Parkeston Quay during the 1960s. In 1971 Blenda entered service between Parkeston Quay and Copenhagen. Sold 17 March 1972 to William Lines Inc. Sank 24 December 1976 when fire broke out on board. 

Botnia (I)

Botnia (I)

Botnia (I)

  • Built. 1891 (IMO 5600223)
  • Yard. Lobnitz & Co
  • Class of Ship. Passenger steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1891-1935
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1892-1904
  • Length. 209.5 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 1032
  • Passengers. 243
  • Speed. 11 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 27/05/1935

 

In service Parkeston Quay from 1892 until 1904, Sold 12 March 1935 to Bolckow Shipbuilding Blyth for Breaking.

Caribbean Endeavour 

Caribbean Endeavour

Caribbean Endeavour

  • Built. 1971 (IMO 7108904)
  • Yard. Ji Sietas
  • Class of Ship. Cargo
  • Operator. DFDS
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 117.2
  • Gross Tonnage. 7782
  • Freight Capacity.
  • Speed. 17 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 19/10/2000

 

Seen here as Caribe Trader.

History: Aristefs (1979) Sucre (1981) Caribe Trader (1985)  Baby I (2000).

Ceres 

Ceres

Ceres

  • Built. 1882 (IMO 3000321)
  • Yard. Kockums Mekaniska Verkstads A/B, Malmö
  • Class of Ship. Passenger steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1899-1917
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg 1899-1914
  • Length. 237.5. Gross Tonnage. 1166
  • Passengers. 300
  • Speed. 11 Knots
  • Status. Sunk 13/07/1917

 

On voyage Fleetwood – Reykjavik 31/07/1917 with salt and general cargo, torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-88 in the Atlantic. Two men were lost due to the explosion.

Christian IX 

Christian IX

Christian IX

  • Built. 1875 (IMO 3005812)
  • Yard. A/S Burmeister & Wain’s Maskin-
  • Class of Ship. Passenger steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1875-1916
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 232 ft.
  • Passengers. 16
  • Speed. 9 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1925

 

  • History:
  • 06/04/1916 Sold to Asgeir Pjetursson, Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • 07/06/1916 Sold to Rederi Ab Holmia , Stockholm.
  • 24/11/1917 Sold to Rederi AB, Malmö. Renamed Chand.
  • 10/05/1918 Sold to Arthur Pott, Stockholm.
  • 10/05/1918 Sold to Swedish-Russian Rederi AB, Stockholm.
  • 09/09/1921 Sold to Carl Wallin, Stockholm.
  • 09/09/1921 Sold to AB M, P & Co, Stockholm. Renamed Hammarby.
  • 1925 Wrecked. Sold to Ernst Fuhr, Stockholm for Scrapping. 

Christianssund (I) 

Christiansund (I)

Christiansund (I)

  • Built. 1881 (IMO 5611687)
  • Yard. Lobnitz & Co
  • Class of Ship. Passenger steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1888-1903
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 180 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 574
  • Passengers. 300
  • Speed. 9.5 Knots
  • Status. Sank 09/12/1944

 

  • History:
  • 16.09.1891 Grounded on Rogneleiren at Aalesund.
  • 28.04.1903: Sold to A/S Søndmøre Dampskibsselskab renamed Hjorungavaag.
  • 1918: Sold to Rederi A/S Leif Bull, Skien.
  • 1920: Sold to H. Haraldsen, Skien.
  • 1921: Sold to Indherreds Aktie-Dampskibsselskab, Steinkjær renamed Havda.
  • 09.12.1944: On voyage Trondhjem – Bergen/Stavanger with passengers and general cargo attacked and sunk by allied aircraft S of Askvold near Florö.

Charkow (I) 

Charkow (I)

Charkow (I)

  • Built. 1857 (IMO 5611926)
  • Yard. Palmer Bros
  • Class of Ship. Cargo steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1881-1898
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1882-1883
  • Length. 197.5 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 689
  • Passengers. 42
  • Speed. 8 Knots
  • Status. Sank 08/10/1905 

 

  • History: 
  • 06/10/1905: Grimsby-Trelleborg with coal abandoned by the crew after engine room was flooded.
  • 08/10/1905: Sank of Ymuiden in the North Sea.

 Clare 

Clare

Clare

  • Built. 1972
  • IMO. 7390014
  • Yard. Rickmers Werft
  • Class of Ship. Cargo
  • Operator. DFDS (Charter) 1995-1996
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 115 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 5617
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 17.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 2011

 

History: Dana Baltica (96) Vinzia E. (94) Norcrest (93) Wesertal (92) Meyer Express (73) Wesertal (72).

Clipper

Clipper

Clipper

  • Built. 1980
  • IMO. 7928756
  • Yard. J.J. Sietas Schiffswerft
  • Class of Ship. Container
  • Operator. DFDS (Charter) 1989-
  • Route. Harwich – Bremerhaven
  • Length. 92.3 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 3228
  • Speed. 14 Knots
  • Status. My Violet

 

Chartered by DFDS in 1989 for service between Parkeston Quay and Bremerhaven.

  • History:  Clipper (1980)  Ecl Cadet (1991)  Jupiter (1992)  Iberian Bridge (1992)  Jupiter (1993)
  • Borstel (1993)  Paaschburg (1997)  Lady Marah (2008)  Fgm Istanbul (2010)  Pendik (2011)
  • My Violet (2013).

Concord

Concord

Concord

  • Built. 1981
  • IMO. 8024155
  • Yard. Sietas
  • Class of Ship. Container
  • Operator. DFDS
  • Route. Harwich – Iberia
  • Length. 92.3
  • Gross Tonnage. 1599
  • Speed. 19 Knots
  • Status. Sailing “Austera”.

 

Chartered on the DFDS lolo service to Iberian peninsula, alongside Parkeston Quay  31st July 1989.

  • History: Eastmed Queen (1981) – Concord (1992), Australian Eagle 2 (1983) Concord (1983)
  • ECL Concord (1991) Concord – (1992), Prime Venture II (1993)   Phoenix (2000), Egypt Star (2000)
  • Frey (2004), Kaja (2008) Austera (2014).

Constantin 

Constantin

Constantin

  • Built. 1880 (IMO 5608947)
  • Yard. Kochums Mekaniska Verkstads
  • Class of Ship. Cargo Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1880-1923
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 237.8 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 891
  • Passengers. 18
  • Speed. 11.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1923

 

  • History:
  • 1914-1920 Service Denmark-UK
  • 31/01/1923: Sold to Carl Marius Engholm, Copenhagen who sold same day for demolition.
  • 09/1923: Reported broken up.

Dagmar (IV) 

Dagmar IV

Dagmar IV

  • Built. 1903 (IMO 1167545)
  • Yard. R. Stephenson & Co
  • Class of Ship. Passenger/Cargo Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1919-1941
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 290 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 2471
  • Passengers. 47
  • Speed. 12 Knots
  • Status. Sunk 1941

 

Originally built as Irkutsk for Lassman Bros between St Petersburg and London, Taken over by DFDS in 1920 and renamed Dagmar, Became a war loss in 1941 when she was bombed and sunk off Cape St.Vincent.

Dana Anglia

Dana Anglia

Dana Anglia

  • Built. 1977 (IMO 7615414)
  • Yard. Aalborg, Vaerft A/S, Denmark
  • Class of Ship. Passenger ferry
  • Operator. DFDS 1978-2006
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg 1978-2002
  • Length. 152.91
  • Gross Tonnage. 14399
  • Passengers. 1372
  • Speed. 21 knots
  • Status. Moby Corse

 

Dana Anglia was delivered to DFDS in 1978 for the Harwich-Esbjerg route. Between 1978 and 2002 before being renamed MV Duke of Scandinavia for service between Copenhagen, Denmark and Gdańsk, Poland. She returned to the North Sea in 2003 to sail between Newcastle and Ijmuiden. In 2006 she was chartered by Brittany Ferries to replace the MV Val de Loire, renamed MV Pont L’Abbé. It was announced on 19 December 2007 that the vessel was sold to Brittany Ferries. Her final sailing between Plymouth and Roscoff was on 9 November 2008 after which she was laid up in Saint-Nazaire. In October 2009, the ship was sold to Moby Lines. She was renamed Moby Corse and started the new service from Toulon to Bastia on April 1, 2010.

Dana Cimbria 

Dana Cimbria

Dana Cimbria

  • Built. 1985 (IMO 8413992)
  • Yard. Frederikshavn Værft a/s
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1986-2005, 2011
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 145.01
  • Gross Tonnage. 12189
  • Passengers. 12
  • Freight Capacity. 2080 Ldm
  • Speed. 17 Knots
  • Status. Super Shuttle RORO 8

 

  • History:
  • 10/2002-12/2005: Sold to Norwegian interests and chartered back.
  • 01/2006: Chartered to LD Lines, France and renamed Aquae.
  • 02/2011: End of charter for LD Lines. Renamed Cimbria Seaways
  • 2012 Super Shuttle RORO 8

Dana Corona (II) 

Dana Corona (II)

Dana Corona (II)

  • Built. 1969 (IMO 6930207)
  • Yard. Cant. Nav. Del Tirreno
  • Class of Ship. Passenger Ferry
  • Operator. DFDS 1969-1985
  • Route. Harwich – Hamburg 1975
  • Length. 124,85 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 7898
  • Passengers. 718
  • Status. Scrapped 2009

 

  • History: Aalborghus ( III ) (1969-1971) Dana Sirena ( I ) (1971-1975,1976-1978)
  • Olau Dana (1975-1976) Robin Hood (1977-1979) Dana Corona (1979-1985)
  • 3/1975: Hamburg-Harwich charter to Prinzenlinien until June.
  • 6/02/1985: Sold to China Ocean Shipping Co.
  • 6/03/1985: Taken over and renamed Tian E.
  • 2003: Laid up in the delta of the Yang-Tse River, Shanghai.  

Dana Corona 

Dana Corona

Dana Corona

  • Built. 1972 (IMO 7222762)
  • Yard. Rauma-Repola OY
  • Class of Ship. Cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1991-1995
  • Route. Harwich- Esbjerg
  • Length. 137.52
  • Gross Tonnage. 12110
  • Passengers. 12
  • Freight Capacity. 1500
  • Speed. 17 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 16/12/2009

 

  • History:
  • 26/05/1972 Launched as Antares.
  • 1991 Chartered to DFDS a/s.
  • 1992 Renamed Dana Corona.
  • 10/2009 Sold for scrapping.

Dana Gloria (I) 

Dana Gloria (I)

Dana Gloria (I)

  • Built 1976 (IMO 7358743)
  • Yard. Helsingør Værft A/S, Elsinore
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1976-1985
  • Route. Harwich –Esbjerg 1976-1978
  • Length. 144.56
  • Gross Tonnage. 14540
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 22.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 2010

 

  • History:
  • 09/02/1976 Launched
  • 10/07/1976 Esbjerg-Harwich/Felixstowe.
  • 07/11/1977 Chartered. Renamed Dana Hafnia.
  • 06/1978 Esbjerg-Harwich/Felixstowe.
  • 04/01/1986 Esbjerg-Hamburg-Harwich.
  • 29/03/2010 Arrived Alang, India. for scrapping. 

Dana Gloria (III) 

Dana Gloria (III)

Dana Gloria (III)

  • Built. 1974 (IMO 7360186)
  • Yard. Aalborg Vaerft, Aalborg
  • Class of Ship. Passenger Ferry
  • Operator. DFDS 1977-1981
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 92.66 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 2445
  • Passengers. 800
  • Freight Capacity. 135 Cars
  • Speed. 19.5 Knots
  • Status. Sailing

 

History: Wellamo (1981) Dana Gloria (1981-1989) Svea Corona (1984-1985) King of Scandinavia (1989).

  • 09/1994: Sold to Color Line renamed Color Viking.
  • 12/1998: Taken over by Fjord Line incl. renamed Jupiter. 

Dana Gloria  IV

Dana Gloria IV

Dana Gloria IV

  • Built. 2001 (IMO 9212151)
  • Yard. Stocznia Szczecinska im
  • Class of Ship. Passenger Ferry
  • Operator. DFDS 2002-2011
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 2002-2003
  • Length. 199.4 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 10500
  • Passengers. 308
  • Freight Capacity. 2600 metres
  • Speed. 22 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 22/02/2011

 

Dana Gloria was built in 2001 by Stocznia Szczecinska im. A. Warskiego, Stettin, Poland. She was ordered as Golfo Dei Coralli for Lloyd Sardegna Compangia Di Navigazione, Olbia, Italy, but was not delivered. In August she was sold to DFDS, initially for use between Harwich-Esbjerg, entering service on 8th October 2002. In June 2003 she was replaced by her sister ship Dana Sirena. Dana Gloria was renamed Lisco Gloria for service on the Klaipeda-Kiel route.

Dana Futura (I) 

Dana Futura (I)

Dana Futura (I)

  • Built. 1975 (IMO 7358731)
  • Yard.  Helsingør Værft A/S, Elsinore
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1976-1983
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1976,1978-1980
  • Length. 144.56. 176.55 (1985)
  • Gross Tonnage. 20326
  • Passengers. 12
  • Freight Capacity. 2300 Lane Metres
  • Speed. 22.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 2011

 

 

Dana Futura was built by the Helsingør Vaerft and entered service on the Harwich-Esbjerg run on the 16th January 1976, along with her Sister Dana Gloria they were the largest Ro/Ro Cargo Ferries to be built in Denmark at that time.

  • History:
  • 03/01/1976: Harwich-Esbjerg
  • 03/01/1978. Esbjerg-Harwich/Felixstowe.
  • 06-1979 12-1979. Esbjerg-Harwich/Felixstowe/North Shields.
  • 1980-1981. Esbjerg-Harwich/Felixstowe/Hamburg-Harwich
  • 1981-1985. Esbjerg-Harwich-North Shields-Hamburg-Harwich.
  • 01/04/2011. Arrived Alang, India for scrapping.

Dana Futura (II) 

Dana Futura

Dana Futura

  • Built. 1995 (IMO 9129598)
  • Yard. C.N. “Visentini” di Visentini Francesco
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1996-2006
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 183.10
  • Gross Tonnage. 18469
  • Passengers. 12
  • Freight Capacity. 2,025 Load Metres.
  • Speed. 19.7 Knots
  • Status. Ark Futura

 

  • History:
  • 13/06/1996 Esbjerg-Harwich.
  • 17/04/2006- 29/04/2006 Esbjerg-Harwich.
  • 19/04/2011 Renamed Ark Futura.

Dana Optima 

Dana Optima

Dana Optima

  • Built. 1978 (IMO 7708649)
  • Yard. Helsingør Værft A/S, Elsinore
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1978-1984
  • Route. Harwich – Hamburg 1983
  • Length. 105.62 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 1599
  • Freight Capacity.
  • Speed. 15.25 Knots
  • Status. Foundered 20/05/2010

 

History: Dana Optima (1979)  Nopal Optima (1979-1983)  Optima (1983). 

Dana Maxima

Dana Maxima

Dana Maxima

  • Built. 1978 (IMO 7708778)
  • Yard. Hitachi Zosen, Sakai, Japan
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1978-2008
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 176.2
  • Gross Tonnage. 4928
  • Freight Capacity. 2800 lane metres
  • Speed. 17 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 2012

 

  • History:
  • 10/1978: First arrival at Grimsby and naming ceremony.
  • 06/1995: Lengthened by 35 m.
  • 10/2001: Sold to Goliat Shipping, Oslo. Chartered for three years.
  • 03/2008: Sold to P&O Ferries and renamed European Trader.
  • 04/2012: Sold to Turkish breakers

Dana Minerva

Dana Minerva

Dana Minerva

  • Built. 1978 (IMO 7430735)
  • Yard. Oskarshamns Vara Ob, Sweden
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1979-1983
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 183.14 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 21213
  • Freight Capacity. 2060 lane metres
  • Speed. 15 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 2010

 

Dana Minerva was built in Denmark and was delivered to DFDS in 1979 at a cost of 51,675 million DKK. That same year the ship was sent to America to serve routes between the US Gulf, Central America, the Mediterranean and West Africa. In the 1980s, the vessel was charted by Nopal Caribe Line and sailed between Miami, Aruba, Curaçao, La Guaira and other ports in the Caribbean. She was later sold to Kirk Line, where she sailed in the Far East. Renamed Challenger B in 1986, Dana Minerva left the Caribbean for the Pacific, where she sailed between Melbourne and Burnie, Tasmania for company Brambles. She has now been put on the market and is unfortunately likely to be sold for scrap.

  • History:
  • 08/1998: Sold to DFDS A/S, Copenhagen. renamed Dana Minerva.
  • 03/01/2001: Registered for DFDS Tor Line. renamed Tor Minerva.
  • 19/04/2003: Sold Goliat Shipping, Oslo. chartered by DFDS Tor Line.
  • 02/2006: Chartered to Mann Lines.
  • 06/2010: Sold to unknown shipping company. renamed Minerva. 06/2010: Sold to Indian breakers.

 Dana Regina 

Dana Regina

Dana Regina

  • Built. 1973 (IMO 7329522)
  • Yard. Aalborg Skibsvaerft A/S, Aalborg,
  • Class of Ship. Passenger & car ferry
  • Operator. DFDS 1974-1990
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg 1974-1983
  • Length. 153.70m
  • Gross Tonnage. 12192
  • Passengers. 1064
  • Freight Capacity. 250 Cars
  • Speed. 18 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 22/04/2014

Dana Regina was delivered to DFDS in 1974 for the Harwich-Esbjerg route, on which she remained until 1983. In 1990 Dana Regina was sold to Nordstrom & Thulin of Sweden for their Stockholm-Tallinn service marketed as EstLine. She was renamed Nord Estonia, and the official EstLine postcard is shown below. In 1992 she was chartered to Larvik Line as Thor Heyerdahl. Between 1994-6 she operated as Vana Tallinn under charter to Tallink. In 1998 she was purchased by Tallink. October 2008, she was reactivated as a freighter for the Paldiski–Kapellskär service the freighter service was short however and the ship was laid up again in Estonian Kopli in April 2009. She was subsequently leased to all ferries in June 2011 for a 3-year contract in the Mediterranean and got name Adriatica Queen.

Dana Sirena  (I)

d sirena 1969

Dana Sirena (I)

  • Built. 1969 (IMO 6930207)
  • Yard. By Cantieri Navali del Torrino
  • Class of Ship. Passenger & car ferry
  • Operator. DFDS 1971-1978
  • Route. Harwich – Hamburg 1975
  • Length. 124.85 m Gross Tonnage. 7697
  • Passengers. 718
  • Speed. 21 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 2003 

 

  • History:
  • 02/07/1969 Launched as Aalborghus.
  • 04/06/1971 Renamed Dana Sirena.
  • 03/06/1975 Hamburg-Harwich.(Prinzenlinien charter).
  • 2003 Broken up. 

Diana (II) 

Diana II

Diana II

  • Built. 1911 (IMO 1167511)
  • Yard. Kjobenhavn Flydok
  • Class of Ship. Passenger steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1911-1941
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length.242 ft. Gross Tonnage. 942
  • Passengers. 38
  • Speed. 12 Knots
  • Status. Sank 9/06/1941

Sank by German air attack 9 June 1941 180 miles NW of the Faroes.

Diana (III) 

Diana III

Diana III

  • Built. 1944 (IMO 5508963)
  • Yard. Svedberg Skibsvaerft
  • Class of Ship. Cargo steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1950-1965
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1958-1965
  • Length. 79.86 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 1082
  • Passengers. 5
  • Speed. 11 Knots
  • Status. Sank 10/02/1969 

 

  • History:
  • 23.11.1965 Sold without change of name.
  • 1967: Renamed Twiga.
  • 14.05.1968: On voyage Setubal – Venice a fire broke out near Punta Stilo.
  • 15.05.1968: Refloated and towed to Messina.
  • 17.05.1968: Arrived at Messina still on fire.
  • 10.02.1969: Sank while lying at Messina.

Dronning Maud 

Dronning Maud

Dronning Maud

  • Built. 1906 (IMO 5504852)
  • Yard. A/S Burmeister & Wain’s
  • Class of Ship. Passenger steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1906-1947
  • Route. Harwich- Esbjerg 1920-1921,1922-1926
  • Length. 287.3
  • Gross Tonnage. 1761
  • Passengers. 422
  • Speed. 15 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1967

Dronning Maud transferred to the Harwich – Esbjerg route in the 1920s, she served for a while as a German troop ship in World War 2 before returning to the North Sea. Sold to Finland in 1947 until broken up in 1967 at the age of 61.

Duchess of Scandinavia 

Duchess of Scandinavia

Duchess of Scandinavia

  • Built. 1993 (IMO 9058995)
  • Yard. Bruce Shipyard, Landskrona
  • Class of Ship. Passenger Ferry
  • Operator. DFDS 2003-2005
  • Route. Harwich – Cuxhaven
  • Length. 134.40 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 16794
  • Passengers. 767
  • Freight Capacity. 120 cars & 650 lane metres
  • Speed. 19 Knots
  • Status. Sailing “Oslofjord”.

6/11/2005: Last sailing from Harwich to Cuxhaven.

  • History: Bergen (1993) Duchess of Scandinavia (2003)  Atlantic Traveller (2005)  Bergensfjord (2008)
  • Oslofjord (2014).

England (I) 

England (I)

England (I)

  • Built. 1932 (IMO 5607516)
  • Yard. A/S Helsingørs Jernskibs
  • Class of Ship. Passenger motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1932-1944
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1932-1939
  • Length. 324.2
  • Gross Tonnage. 2767
  • Passengers. 190
  • Speed. 15.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1950

 

England was built in 1932 and was also deployed on the Harwich-Esbjerg route on 23 April 1932 where she sailed to September 1939. England had accommodation for 108 1st class and 82 3rd class passengers.

  • History:
  • 19/01/1944 Seized by the Germans
  • 22/03/1944 Renamed Grenadier
  • 27/08/1944 Heavily damaged by air attack, beached
  • 03/06/1950 Arrived under tow to Flensburg Schiffbau Gesellscvhaft
  • 07/1950 Scrapped by H.J. Hansen, Odense, Denmark

England (II) 

England (II)

England (II)

  • Built. 1963 (IMO 6403278)
  • Yard. Helsingør Skibsværft og Maskinbyggeri A/S,
  • Class of Ship. Passenger Ferry
  • Operator. DFDS 1964-1983
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1964-1974
  • Length. 140 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 8221
  • Passengers. 634
  • Speed.  21 Knots
  • Status. Sank 03/04/2001

 

The need for more care space plus the growth in traffic on the route led to the design and construction of the 10,000-ton England which was completed in 1964. With drive-on/drive-off facilities for 100 cars and much greater passenger capacity, England created something of a revolution on the route.

After trials in Denmark, England arrived at Parkeston Quay on the 31st May 1964 and remained alongside for a few days for inspection by invited guests, and in order to try out specially designed car-ramps, which will equalise tidal variations and enable the motorist-passenger to drive his car on and off the ship.

England was switched to the Newcastle –Faroe service after the arrival of Dana Regina in 1974.

Eos

EOS

Eos

  • Built. 1881 (IMO 1084316)
  • Yard. Wm. Simons & Co. London
  • Class of Ship. Passenger Ferry
  • Operator. DFDS 1899-1918
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1904-1914
  • Length. 228.6
  • Passengers. 52
  • Speed. 10 Knots
  • Status. Lost 27/02/1918

27/2/1918 on voyage to Copenhagen with coal, 26 men lost.

Esbern Snare (I)

Esbern Snare

Esbern Snare

  • Built. 1876 (IMO 5608965)
  • Yard. Burmeister & Wain’s, Copenhagen
  • Class of Ship. Cargo Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1876-1926
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1904-1907
  • Length. 179.3
  • Gross Tonnage. 480
  • Speed. 9.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 24/09/1926

Esbern Snare was the second DFDS vessel to arrive at Harwich and inaugurated the Newcastle service in 1876. 

Esbjerg (I) 

Esbjerg (I)

Esbjerg (I)

  • Built. 1872 (IMO 5609084)
  • Yard. Cunliffe & Dunlop
  • Class of Ship. Cargo steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1876-1928
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1880-1883
  • Length. 182.5 ft.Gross Tonnage. 485
  • Passengers. 23
  • Speed. 8.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1930
  • History:
  • 12.09.1928: Renamed Esbern Snare (II).
  • 14.02.1930: Hamburg – Aalborg damaged after collision with S/S Carl on the river Elbe and sank off Altona. raised by Bugsier Reederei und Bergungs AG.
  • 04.03.1930: Sold to Leith & Co. Hamburg for demolition.
  • 03.1930: Broken up.

Esbjerg (II)

Esbjerg

Esbjerg

  • Built. 1929 (IMO 5074513)
  • Yard. A/S Helsingørs Jernskibs
  • Class of Ship. Passenger motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1929-1946
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg 1929-1939
  • Length. 321 ft.
  • Passengers. 220
  • Freight Capacity. 20 Cars
  • Speed. 15 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1978

Seized by the German navy in 1944, Esbjerg was renamed Kurassier and taken for target ship duties before returning to Denmark in 1945. After spells in Spain the ship was sold for scrap in 1978.

Expres 

Expres

Expres

  • Built. 1881 (IMO 5609083)
  • Yard. Flensburger Schiffbaugesellschaft,
  • Class of Ship. Cargo Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1883-1929
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1888-1899
  • Length. 217.6
  • Gross Tonnage. 654
  • Speed. 11.5  Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1929

 

  • History:
  • 25.01.1891: Pressed aground at Fanø by ice.
  • 11.02.1891: Refloated.
  • 19.09.1929: Sold to John Carlbom, Karlshamn for demolition

Fano

Fano

Fano

  • Built. 1872 (IMO 5613653)
  • Yard. M.Pearse, Stockton-On-Tees
  • Class of Ship. Cargo Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1890-1897
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1890-1897
  • Length. 225
  • Gross Tonnage. 860
  • Passengers. 49
  • Speed. 10 Knots
  • Status. Wrecked 02/01/1915

 

  • History:
  • 1872 Launched as Strauss
  • 1890 Purchased from North German Lloyd and renamed Fano,
  • 27/07/1897 Sold to Chargeurs Algeriens Réunis renamed Rhone ET Saone.
  • 1913 Renamed Kabylie.
  • 1914 Sold to Soc. Les Affréteurs Réunis, Alger.
  • 02/01/1915 Voyage Bordeaux – Lisbon grounded and wrecked off La Rochelle.

Fennia

Fennia

Fennia

  • Built. 1973
  • IMO. 7300784
  • Yard. STX Finland
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO
  • Operator. Finncarriers (DFDS Charter)
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg 1992-
  • Length. 137.52
  • Gross Tonnage. 11839
  • Freight Capacity. 1356 load metres
  • Speed.
  • Status. Scrapped 2001

 

  • History:
  • 15/12/1972 Launched as Sirius
  • 24/04/1987 Renamed Fennia.
  • 08/1992 Chartered to DFDS a/s, Copenhagen.
  • 20/08/2001 Arrived in Alang for breaking. 

Ficaria (I)

Ficaria (I)

Ficaria (I)

  • Built. 1896
  • IMO. 5600814
  • Yard. Lobnitz & Co, Renfrew
  • Class of Ship. Passenger & cargo steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1896-1934
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1909-1914
  • Length. 269 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 1530
  • Passengers. 59
  • Speed. 14 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1934

 

Ficaria was sold to Hughes Bolckow for scrapping at Blyth in 1934.

Ficaria (II) 

Ficaria II

Ficaria II

  • Built. 1951 (IMO 5114557)
  • Yard. Helsingør Skibsværft OG Maskinbyggeri
  • Class of Ship. Cargo motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1951-1972
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1952-1969
  • Length. 101 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 1811
  • Passengers. 377
  • Speed. 14.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1981

 

  • History:
  • 28/04/1972: Sold to Sweet Lines Inc. renamed Sweet Lord.
  • 19/04/1972: Converted into a passenger and cargo motor ship.
  • 1974: Renamed Sweet Land.
  • 16/04/1979: Grounded near Romblon during a typhoon.
  • 05/07/1981: Stranded off Sepoc Point, Maricaban Island. declared a total loss.

Fichtelberg 

Fichtelberg

Fichtelberg

  • Built. 1975 (IMO 7383451)
  • Yard. Kristiansand Mekaniske
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1983-
  • Route. Harwich – Hamburg
  • Length. 137.55 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 8055
  • Passengers. 12
  • Freight Capacity. 170 Teus
  • Speed. 18.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 19/05/2012

Sailed between Parkeston Quay and Hamburg 1983, launched as Tor Caledonia, arrived Alang, India 19 May 2012 for scrapping.

Flora (II) 

Flora (II)

Flora (II)

  • Built. 1909 (IMO 167558)
  • Yard. Burmeister & Wain
  • Class of Ship. Cargo Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1909-1942
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1920-1940
  • Length. 253 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 1218
  • Speed. 12 Knots
  • Status. Sunk 1942

02/08/1942 Torpedoed by U-254 South of Iceland while on voyage from Reykjavik to Hull.

Frejr

Frejr

Frejr

  • Built. 1883 (IMO 5609024)
  • Yard. Lobnitz & Co, Renfrew
  • Class of Ship. Passenger & cargo steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1900-1926
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1900-1924
  • Length. 173.3
  • Passengers. 46
  • Speed. 9 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 24/9/1927

 

  • History:
  • 1900 Purchased from Jydske ss Co, Aarhus.
  • 1927 Scrapped.

Frigga

Frigga

Frigga

  • Built. 1922 (IMO 1167553)
  • Yard. Frederikshavn Vaerft & Flydock
  • Class of Ship. Cargo Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1922-1950
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1922-1939
  • Length.  247.6
  • Gross Tonnage. 1504
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 11 Knots
  • Status. Sank 1950

 

27/11/1950 Struck a Mine and sank, all crew saved. 

Georg 

Georg

Georg

  • Built. 1875 (IMO 5608966)
  • Yard. Norddeutsche
  • Class of Ship. Cargo steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1880-1924
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 218 Gross Tonnage. 787
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 10 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1924

Broken Up at Dortmund March 1924.

Hamburg

Hamburg

Hamburg

  • Launched. 1976
  • Yard. Werft Noriskrug Gmbh, Rendsburg, Germany
  • Class of Ship. Passenger
  • Operator. DFDS 1987-2002
  • Route. Harwich-Hamburg
  • Length. 156.42
  • Gross Tonnage. 19,292
  • Passengers. 1085
  • Speed. 22.5 knots
  • Fate. Scrapped 25/1/2011

 

Kronprins Harald  was built in 1976 by Werft Nobiskrug, Rendsburg, for the Jahre Line Kiel-Oslo service. In 1987 she was sold to DFDS, and was renamed Hamburg, and entered service on the Harwich-Hamburg route. In 1997 she was renamed Admiral of Scandinavia and changed service to Ijmuiden-Newcastle-Hamburg. She continued on services out of Newcastle until 2002 when she transferred to the Harwich-Cuxhaven route until November 2002.

In 2003 she entered service between Puerto Rico-Santo Domingo as the Caribbean Express and was eventually scrapped in India on the 25th January 2011.

Hebe (II)

Hebe (II)

Hebe (II)

  • Built. 1912 (IMO 1167526)
  • Yard. Kjobenhavn Flydedok
  • Class of Ship. Passenger steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1912-1959
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1921-1922
  • Length. 242 ft. Gross Tonnage. 957
  • Passengers. 30
  • Speed. 12 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1959

Hengest 

Hengest

Hengest

  • Built. 1876 (IMO 5608944)
  • Yard. Helsingors-Jenskibs
  • Class of Ship. Cargo steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1900-1926
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1921-1925
  • Length. 219 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 750
  • Passengers. 6
  • Speed. 9.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1926

Hero

Hero

Hero

  • Built. 1972 (IMO 7217951)
  • Yard. Robb Caledon, Leith
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1972-1977
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1972-1973
  • Length. 114.53
  • Gross Tonnage. 3375
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 17 Knots
  • Status. Sank 1977

 

M.v. Hero was lost in very heavy weather on voyage between Esbjerg  and Grimsby and abandoned on 12/11/1977, she sank the next day.

  • History:
  • 1973 Esbjerg-Harwich/Grimsby.
  • 02/11/1977 Abandoned by crew.
  • 13/11/1977 Sank.

Hoburgen 

Hoburgen

Hoburgen

  • Built. 1986 (IMO 8009088)
  • Yard. Santierul Naval Galatz, Romania
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg 2003
  • Length. 128,48 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 2831
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 15.5 Knots
  • Status. Sailing “ Hoburgen”

 

  • History:
  • 1985 Launched as Balder Ra,
  • 1995 Renamed Perseus.
  • 1996 Renamed Dart 5.
  • 2000 Renamed Hoburgen.
  • 2003 Esbjerg-Harwich/Hull.

J.C.la Cour 

J.C.La Cour

J.C.La Cour

  • Built. 1900 (IMO 5601672)
  • Yard. Helsingor Vaerft
  • Class of Ship. Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1901-1933
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg 1901-1931
  • Length. 282
  • Gross Tonnage. 1615
  • Passengers. 112
  • Speed. 15 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1933

1901 saw the introduction onto the service in Harwich of the “J.C. la Coir” built in the Elsinore Shipyard she was 1,635 tons and had a speed of 15 knots – which was fast time for a liner of her time. She was in service on the North Sea until1 1929, J.C. la Cour could accommodate 112 passengers in two classes and was able to offer three sailings a week in each direction. The final call at Harwich was in 1931 before being laid up in Esbjerg and sold for scrap in 1933 to Blyth Shipbreakers.

Jylland 

Jylland

Jylland

  • Built. 1926 (IMO 5606483)
  • Yard. A/S Helsingørs Jernskibs- og Maskinbyggeri
  • Class of Ship. Passenger motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1926-1945
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1926-1939
  • Length. 324
  • Gross Tonnage. 2762
  • Passengers. 220
  • Speed. 15.5 Knots
  • Status. Sunk 1945

 

  • History:
  • 19/01/1944: Seized by the Germans.
  • 05/04/1944: Renamed Musketier.
  • 03/05/1945: Bombed in an Allied air attack off Travemünde sank while towed by the tug Wogram.

Kasan

Kasan

Kasan

  • Built. 1883 (IMO 5609045)
  • Yard. A/S Burmeister & Wain
  • Class of Ship. Cargo steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1883-1926
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 246 Gross Tonnage. 1132
  • Passengers. 16
  • Speed. 10.25 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 02/12/1936

 

  • History:
  • 05/03/1926: Sold to Hans Petersen,  renamed Prins Hamlet.
  • 02/02/1935: Sold to Henry Andersen, Copenhagen.
  • 02/12/1936: Scrapped. 

Klintholm

Klintholm

Klintholm

  • Built. 1949 (IMO 5190161)
  • Yard. Frederikshavns Vaerft
  • Class of Ship. Cargo motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1950-1965
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 66.70 m Gross Tonnage. 965
  • Passengers. 2
  • Speed. 10 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1983

Beached and abandoned 2 April 1982 off Gythion, Greece. Scrapped July 1983.

Koldinghuus 

Koldinghuus

Koldinghuus

  • Built. 1883 (IMO 5609048)
  • Yard. Lobnitz & Co
  • Class of Ship. Passenger paddle steamer
  • Operator. DFDS 1883-1904
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg 1883-1903
  • Length. 269.1
  • Gross Tonnage. 1057
  • Passengers. 118
  • Speed. 12.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1906

 

05/1/1903 On voyage Harwich – Esbjerg with passengers and general cargo, stranded on the SW coast of Fanø. Passengers and crew saved by the lifeboat from Sønderho.

  • History:
  • 16/11/1904 Renamed Depotskib I.
  • 02/8/1906 Sold to Petersen & Albeck for demolition.

Kong Haakon

Kong Haakon

Kong Haakon

  • Built. 1906 (IMO 5602676)
  • Yard. A/S Burmeister & Wain
  • Class of Ship. Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1906-1938
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg 1921-1931
  • Length. 287.3 Gross Tonnage. 1781
  • Passengers. 336
  • Speed. 15 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1948

 

 

  • History:
  • 19/9/1921: Arrived at Kiel and rebuilt by Deutsche Werke.
  • 29/08/1938: Arrived at Copenhagen from Frederikshavn and laid up.
  • 27/09/1938: Sold to Pärnu Laeva A/S, Pärnu.
  • 28/09/1938: Taken over by her new owners and renamed Vironia.
  • 4/1940: Captured by the Russian Navy in an Estonian port.
  • 28/08/1941: Struck a mine and sank off Kap Juminda.
  • 1948: Reported broken up

Kronen 

Kronen

Kronen

  • Built. 1881 (IMO 5609061)
  • Yard.  Kochums Mekaniska
  • Class of Ship. Cargo Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1887-1899
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 171.7 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 458
  • Passengers. 30
  • Speed. 9 Knots
  • Status. Sank 04/10/1899

 

Kronen sank on the 4/10/1899 off Tyne Pier, Newcastle following a collision with the Blytheville.

Kronprins Frederik 

Kronprins Frederik

Kronprins Frederik

  • Built. 1939 (IMO 5196983)
  • Yard. A/S Helsingørs Jernskibs
  • Class of Ship. Passenger motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1941-1976
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1946-1964
  • Length. 114.48 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 3895
  • Passengers. 364
  • Speed. 20.25 knots
  • Status. Sunk 24/12/1976

 

The ship was completed on 25 May 1941, towed to Copenhagen on 06 June 1941 and delivered to the owners on 19 June. Propulsion was provided by twin B&W 1050-VF-90 Diesel Engines (5294 kW) and twin propellers which gave the ship a cruising speed of 20.5 knots. On 19th April 1953, the ship arrived at Harwich after making passage from Esbjerg, Denmark and moored at Parkeston Quay. Soon after the passengers had disembarked a fire broke out in one of the passenger cabins. Firefighting efforts by the ship’s crew were unable to control the fire. Local firefighting brigades arrived and provided additional assistance, however, the fire continued to rage out of control. Kronprins Frederik was returned to service on the Esbjerg-Harwich route where the ship provided reliable service until 1963 when the ship was leased out for private charter to the Carlsberg Distribution Co Ltd, London, England for a passage departing from Harwich on 22nd May 1963 and sailing to Oslo, Norway, then on to Copenhagen, Denmark, returning to Harwich on 29th May. On 10th March 1976, the Kronprins Frederik was purchased by the Arab Navigation Company, Suez, Egypt, taking possession of the ship on 16th March and was renamed as the M/V Patra. On 24th December 1976, the Patra departed Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on passage to Suez, Egypt with 353-387 passengers and 88-94 crew on board, The Patra, still in flames, sank a few hours later on the early morning of 25th December 1976 in over 450 meters of water.  102 lives were lost.

Kronprinsesse Ingrid 

Kronprinsesse Ingrid

Kronprinsesse Ingrid

  • Built. 1948 (IMO 5197016)
  • Yard.  Helsingør Skibsværft og
  • Class of Ship. Passenger motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1949-1969
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg 1949-1966
  • Length. 375 Gross Tonnage. 3968
  • Passengers. 364
  • Freight Capacity. 33 Cars
  • Speed. 20.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 10/06/1985

 

Kronprinsesse Ingrid maintained the post war Harwich service and was replaced by the Winston Churchill in 1966. She was eventually sold to Greece and broken up in Pakistan in 1985.

Kursk 

Kursk

Kursk

  • Built. 1881 (IMO 5609056)
  • Yard. A/S Burmeister & Wain
  • Class of Ship. Cargo Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1881-1912
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 246 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 1131
  • Passengers. 20
  • Speed. 8.5 Knots
  • Status. Sank 26/08/1912

Kursk was lost with all hands off Vlissingen on the 26th August 1912.

Lemnos 

Lemnos

Lemnos

  • Built. 1948 (IMO 5205904)
  • Yard. Helsingør Skibsvaerft
  • Class of Ship. Cargo/passenger ship
  • Operator. DFDS 1949-1968
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 331.2 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 1768
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 14.5 Knots
  • Status. Sank 05/09/1973

 

1968 Renamed Beiteddine, The ship caught fire off Bejaia on the 5.9.1973 and was beached the ship was carrying explosives & general cargo.

Lolland 

Lolland

Lolland

  • Built. 1882 (IMO 5609062)
  • Yard. H. McIntyre
  • Class of Ship. Cargo Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1883-1909
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 178 ft.
  • Gross Tonnage. 493
  • Passengers. 5
  • Speed. 10 Knots
  • Status. Sank 01/09/1909

 

On the 1st September 1909 on voyage from Blyth – Korsor the Iron cargo ship capsized and sank with a cargo of General cargo & coal during heavy weather. All hands were saved.

Maersk Exporter 

Maersk Exporter

Maersk Exporter

  • Built. 1996 (IMO 9121625)
  • Yard. Miho Shipyard, Japan
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. Norfolk Line (DFDS Charter)
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg
  • Length. 143 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 13017
  • Freight Capacity. 1562 Lane metres
  • Speed. 18 Knots
  • Status. Stena Scotia

 

Maersk Importer

Maersk Importer

Maersk Importer

  • Built. 1996 (IMO 9121637)
  • Yard. Miho Shipyard, Shimizu
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. Norfolk Line (DFDS Charter)
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg
  • Length. 143 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 13017
  • Freight Capacity. 1562 Lane metres
  • Speed. 18.5 Knots
  • Status. Stena Hibernia

 

Marocco 

Marocco

Marocco

  • Built. 1935 (IMO 5226104)
  • Yard. A/S Helsingørs Jernskibs-og
  • Class of Ship. Cargo motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1936-1966
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 288
  • Gross Tonnage.1641
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 12.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1978

 

  • History:
  • 19/02/1936: Copenhagen – Antwerp.
  • 25/04/1940: Left Oslo.
  • 27/04/1940: Laid up until the end of the war.
  • 29/06/1966: Renamed Santa Cruz.
  • 1971: Sold and renamed Dimitram.
  • 11/1978: Demolition commenced.

N.J. Fjord

N.J.Fjord

N.J.Fjord

  • Built. 1896 (IMO 5600852)
  • Yard. Lobnitz & Co
  • Class of Ship. Passenger steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1896-1916
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1896-1914
  • Length. 268.6
  • Passengers. 347
  • Speed. 15 Knots
  • Status. Sunk 05/04/1917

On voyage Blyth – Odense on the 5th April 1917 N.J. Fjord was captured and sunk by a German submarine in the North Sea about 40 miles from Farne Islands. All hands saved by the lifeboats. Eventually they were picked up by British trawlers and patrol boats. After a lengthy search, a team of divers have made a sensational discovery. In water 70 metres deep off the east coast of England, on 19 June they found the wreck of NJ Fjord. NJ Fjord is not just any old ship. In 1917, during the First World War, it was inspected by the English warship Elbing as it was heading eastwards off the coast of Denmark. Since a fair amount of steam was being released, it was also seen by the nearby German warship Galatea, which immediately sailed there, and fire was opened. It was the first gun shots in the battle that became known as the Battle of Jutland. NJ Fjord thus became the accidental trigger for one of history’s biggest and fiercest battles with huge loss of life on both sides. NJ Fjord hurried away, but later that year while sailing to England it encountered a German warship, which fortunately allowed the crew to disembark from the ship before they attached explosives to the side of the ship and sank it.

Pacific Prosperity 

Pacific Prosperity

Pacific Prosperity

  • Built. 1978 (IMO 7718450)
  • Yard. Minami-Nippon Usuki, Japan.
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS (Charter)
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1997
  • Length. 140,82 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 5290
  • Freight Capacity. 1847 Load Metres.
  • Speed. 16 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 2011

 

  • History:
  • 1981 Chartered to Andrea Merzario, Italy. Renamed Merzario Lombardia
  • 1982 Renamed TFL Prosperity.
  • 1983 Chartered to Union Steamship Co, Renamed Union Sydney.
  • 1988 Registered to Helios Investment. Renamed Pacific Prosperity.
  • 1997 Chartered to DFDS a/s, Copenhagen. Esbjerg-Harwich.
  • 1998 Sold to International Maritime Corp, Renamed Azzahira.
  • 2007 Sold to Pontos Shipping Ltd, Cyprus. Renamed Pontus.
  • 2011 Sold to Turkey. Renamed Pon.
  • 2011 Towed from Greece to Aliaga, Turkey. for scrapping

Parkeston 

Parkeston

Parkeston

  • Built. 1924 (IMO 5270753)
  • Yard. A/S Helsingørs Jernskibs
  • Class of Ship. Passenger motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1925-1964
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg 1925-1939
  • Length. 324
  • Gross Tonnage. 2762
  • Passengers. 212
  • Speed. 15.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1975

M.v Parkeston was the first of four similar vessels to enter service on the Harwich-Esbjerg route between 1925 and 1939.In November 1945 Parkeston sailed from Newcastle to Copenhagen direct on the first passenger trip after WWII. The Ship then left
Copenhagen and sailed to Esberg to restart the service, three sailings a
week.

After use as accommodation vessel in Oslo she was broken up in 1975.

Primula (I)

Primula (I)

Primula (I)

  • Built. 1896 (IMO 560868)
  • Yard. Lobnitz & Co, Renfrew
  • Class of Ship. Passenger steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1896-1938
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1896-1903
  • Length. 279.8
  • Gross Tonnage. 1524
  • Passengers. 257
  • Speed. 14 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 10/2/1938

Primula was sold to Clayton & Davie Ltd for scrapping at Dunston-on-Tyne in February 1938. 

Primula (II)

Primula (II)

Primula (II)

  • Built. 1952 (IMO 5284613)
  • Yard. Helsingør Skibsværft OG Maskinbyggeri
  • Class of Ship. Cargo motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1952-1972
  • Route. Harwich- Esbjerg 1954-1969
  • Length. 101 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 1812
  • Passengers. 6
  • Speed. 14.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1985

1972 Sold to Philippines, renamed Sweet Love.

Prince of Scandinavia

Prince of Scandinavia

Prince of Scandinavia

  • Built. 1974 (IMO 7361312)
  • Yard. Flender Werft Ag, Lubeck, Germany
  • Class of Ship. Passenger & car ferry
  • Operator. DFDS 1975-2003
  • Route. Harwich-Gothenburg/Esbjerg 1983-2003
  • Length. 182.35
  • Gross Tonnage. 18455
  • Passengers. 1700
  • Freight Capacity. 910 m
  • Speed. 24.5 Knots
  • Status. Moby Drea

Tor Britannia was built in 1974 for the Gothenburg-Amsterdam and Gothenburg-Felixstowe services of Tor Line. from 1983 Tor Britannia operated some services between Harwich and Esbjerg, which was achieved much faster than running-partner Dana Anglia due to Tor Britannia’s higher speed. She later served on most other DFDS Seaways routes, including Harwich-Hamburg, and routes from Ijmuiden to Norway and Sweden. In 1991 Tor Britannia was renamed Prince of Scandinavia. In 2003, Prince of Scandinavia was sold to Moby Lines and entered service as the Moby Drea between Livorno and Olbia.

Princess of Scandinavia

Princess of Scandinavia

Princess of Scandinavia

  • Built. 1975 (IMO 7361324)
  • Yard. Flender Werft Ag, Lubeck, Germany
  • Class of Ship. Passenger & car ferry
  • Operator. DFDS 1975-2006
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg/Gothenburg 1983-2006
  • Length. 182.35
  • Gross Tonnage. 14905
  • Passengers. 1700
  • Freight Capacity. 910 m
  • Speed. 24.5 Knots
  • Status. Moby Otta

Tor Scandinavia

Tor Scandinavia was eventually delivered on April 12, 1976. Although technically modern in many ways; the ships’ exteriors were quite traditional in their style, reminiscent more of ocean liners than ferries. For all of its service with Tor Line, the Tor Scandinavia alternated with its sister on the routes Gothenburg–Immingham and later Felixstowe) and Gothenburg–Amsterdam. Already in autumn 1976 the ship had her first major accident, when she ran into a major storm on the North Sea. Nine windows were smashed and the ship started taking in water from the forward air intakes on the superstructure. Eventually the ship arrived in Amsterdam approximately 18 hours behind schedule.

 

Tor Scandinavia was renamed Princess of Scandinavia in 1991 and was sold to Moby lines in 2006 and renamed Moby Otta.

Prinz Hamlet II 

Prinz Hamlet

Prinz Hamlet

  • Built. 1973 (IMO 7320332)
  • Yard. Werft Nobiskrug, Rendsburg
  • Class of Ship. Passenger & car ferry
  • Operator. DFDS/Prinz Ferries 1987-1988
  • Route. Harwich – Bremerhaven/Hamburg 1973-1987
  • Length. 118.73 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 5823
  • Passengers. 1000
  • Freight Capacity. 225 Cars
  • Speed. 22 Knots
  • Status. Svetti Stefan II

Prinz Hamlet was built in 1973 at Rendsburg for Prinz Ferries and used on their Harwich-Hamburg service. From 1981 this service passed to DFDS, who chartered the Prinz Hamlet  followed by purchase in May 1987 when she was renamed Prins Hamlet. She ran on various DFDS services, mainly from Newcastle, until sale to Stena Line in September 1988. Stena briefly renamed her Stena Baltica before a charter to Polferries (Polska Zegluga Baltyska) as Nieborow. In 2002 she passed to Montenegro Lines for services to Italy as Sveti Stefan II.

Prinz Oberon

Prinz Oberon

Prinz Oberon

  • Built. 1970 (IMO 7011515)
  • Yard. Werft Nobiskrug, Rendsburg
  • Class of Ship. Passenger & car ferry
  • Operator. DFDS 1981-1984
  • Route. Harwich – Bremerhaven/Gothenburg/Esbjerg
  • Length. 134,00 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 7933
  • Passengers. 1040
  • Freight Capacity. 250 Cars
  • Speed. 22 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 2011

 

Prins Oberon was built in 1970 by Werft Nobiskrug, Rendsburg for Lion Ferry. She entered service for Prinzen Linien between Bremerhaven-Harwich. In 1978 she was sold to German owners and the name was revised to Prinz Oberon. In 1981, the line was acquired by DFDS, and the Harwich-Bremerhaven rote was closed at the end of 1982. Following charters to SMZ and Sealink, Prins Oberon was laid up, returning for brief periods on DFDS services Esbjerg-Newcastle-Göteborg and a new Cuxhaven-Harwich-Göteborg route in 1984. Following further charters, she was sold for Malaysian services as Cruise Muhibah. From 1990-93 she was chartered to B&I Line as Munster  between Rosslare-Pembroke Dock. Various Mediterranean charters followed as Ambassador and Ambassador II. In 1997 she was rebuilt for short casino cruises from Florida, still named Ambassador II.

Riberhuus

Riberhuus

Riberhuus

  • Built. 1875 (IMO 5608961)
  • Yard. Gourlay Brothers, Dundee
  • Class of Ship. Cargo paddle steamer
  • Operator. DFDS 1875-1918
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg 1880-1911
  • Length. 190.7
  • Passengers. 25
  • Speed. 9.5 Knots
  • Status. Wrecked 1921

 

The Paddle steamer Riberhuus made the first crossing between Esbjerg and Harwich on the 4th June 1880. Built in 1875 she was the first vessel alongside Parkeston Quay on Friday September 22nd 1882, she arrived with a cargo of 1,324 sheep,1 calf, 190 oxen, 237 casks of butter, 30 cases of eggs and 58 barrels of bacon. Passengers took second place in those days and often found themselves amongst cattle in the hold. She remained in the company’s service until 1918.

  • History:
  • 02/06/1880: Left Esbjerg with Esbjern Snare in the new Esbjerg-Harwich service.
  • 22/09/1882: Arrived Parkeston Quay with first cargo of cattle.
  • 28/12/1918: Sold to A/S Rederiaktieselskabel Triton, Aalborg
  • 01/11/1920: Sank after collision with ss Westwood at St. Nazaire.
  • 04/01/1921: Condemned.

Rota

Rota

Rota

  • Built. 1923 (IMO 1167437)
  • Yard. Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel
  • Class of Ship. Cargo steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1923-1962
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1947/1958
  • Length. 241
  • Gross Tonnage. 840
  • Speed. 12 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1962

 

  • History:
  • 03/02/1962 Laid up at Copenhagen.
  • 19/02/1962 Sold and taken over by Petersen & Albeck A/S, Copenhagen
  • 23/05/1962 Broken up.

Saint Patrick II 

Saint Patrick II

Saint Patrick II

  • Built. 1972 (IMO 7302885)
  • Yard. J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft GmbH & Co,
  • Class of Ship. Passenger
  • Operator. DFDS (Charter) 1985
  • Route. Harwich-Hamburg 1985
  • Length. 125,63 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 7984
  • Passengers. 1172
  • Freight Capacity. 420 cars
  • Speed. 21 Knots
  • Status. Wrecked 14/02/1988

09/1985 Chartered to DFDS Hamburg-Harwich.

  • History: City of Cork (2001-2002), Ville de Sete (2000-2001) Egnatia II (1998-2000)
  • Saint Patrick II (1982-1998) Aurella (1973-1982).

Seatern  

Seatern

Seatern

  • Built. 1973 (IMO 7227164)
  • Yard. Rauma Repola Oy
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo verssel
  • Operator. DFDS (Charter)
  • Route. Harwich Esbjerg
  • Length. 137.52 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 4310
  • Passengers. 12
  • Freight Capacity. 1296 Lane metres
  • Speed. 17 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 2006

History: Weston (1985)  Rijnhaven (1995)  Seatern (1998)  Kunda (2000)  Seatern (2002)  Seaterns (2003).

Sirena Seaways 

Sirena Seaways

Sirena Seaways

  • Built. 2001 (IMO 9212163)
  • Yard. Szczecin Shipyard, Poland
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO passenger/cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 2003-2015
  • Length. 199.4 m
  • Passengers. 601
  • Freight Capacity. 2060 Lane metres
  • Speed. 23 Knots
  • Former Name. Golfo Dei Delfini, Dana Sirena
  • Status. Sirena Seaways

 

On 22 June 2013, Sirena Seaways collided with the dockside at Harwich, Essex, with 489 passengers on board. The incident caused some damage to the dockside, loading ramp and ship, resulting in the vessel taking on water. The crew blocked the opening from inside and the watertight compartments were used to prevent the ship from capisizing. The Harwich RNLI lifeboat, Walton Coastguard rescue team and an RAF search and rescue helicopter from Wattisham Airfield responded to the incident, along with a number of other vessels nearby. The ferry was brought alongside at 14:45 and the passengers were disembarked. The last sailing from Harwich-Esbjerg was on September 29th 2014, Sirena Seaways, which has operated the route since 2003, will be deployed elsewhere.

Somerset 

Somerset

Somerset

  • Built. 1966 (IMO 6703343)
  • Yard. Helsingør Skibsvaerft & Maskinbyggeri
  • Class of Ship. Cargo RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1966-1981
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg/Hamburg 1967-1981
  • Length. 124 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 6542
  • Freight Capacity. Trailers: 135
  • Berths. 12
  • Speed. 18 Knots
  • Status. Zaher V

 

 

  • History:
  • 20/10/1966 Launched
  • 04/01/1967 Harwich-Esbjerg.
  • 1969-1980 Esbjerg-Harwich/Newcastle/Grimsby/Felixstowe.
  • 1980-1981 Hamburg-Harwich.

Purcell Livestock (1981) – Livestock (1982)- Fastock (1984)- Afroditi (1987)  Zaher V (1995).

Stafford 

Stafford (c) Joerg Sayler

Stafford

  • Built. 1967 (IMO 6708252)
  • Yard. Helsingør Skibsvaerft & Maskinbyggeri
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1967-1984
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg
  • Length. 111.60 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 4593
  • Freight Capacity. 113 trailers
  • Berths. 12
  • Speed. 18 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 23/08/2014

9th June 1967, M.V. Stafford arrived at the west portal for the first time, the new ship, of 2,602 tons, was a stern loading freight Ro-Ro ship with space on two cargo decks for 113 trailers.

  • History:
  • 24/01/1967 Launched
  • 30/01/1984 Renamed Dana Gloria.
  • 10/12/1984 Renamed Voyager.
  • 08/01/1985 Chartered to DFDS Esbjerg-Harwich.

Suffolk

Suffolk

Suffolk

  • Built. 1965 (IMO 6610522)
  • Yard. Cantieri Navale Felszegi S.p.A., Trieste
  • Class of Ship. Cargo
  • Operator. DFDS 1966-1979
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1966-1974
  • Length. 79.22 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 999
  • Speed. 14 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 28/12/1988

 

 

History: Forenede (1966) Suffolk (1966)  Nopal Spray (1974)  Suffolk (1976)  Nawaf (1979)

  • 23.04.1966: Left Trieste as Forenede from Copenhagen via Felixstowe.
  • 11.05.1966: Renamed Suffolk.
  • 13.05.1966: Left Copenhagen for Felixstowe.
  • 01.09.1969 – 14.10.1969: Lengthened by Boele’s Scheepswerven en Machinefabriek N.V.,
  • 20.12.1979: Sold to Abdul Jaleel Musa A. Samkari Trading & Shipping Establishment,
  • 31.12.1979: Taken over by her new owners and renamed Nawaf
  • 1982: Sold to Najd Marine Corp. S.A., Jeddah.
  • 28.12.1988: Laid up at Jeddah in a damaged condition.

 Surrey 

Surrey

Surrey

  • Built. 1969 (IMO 6920159)
  • Yard. Helsingor Skibsvaerft & Maskinbyggeri
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1969-1992
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg/Hamburg 1972-1991
  • Length. 114.50 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 10524
  • Passengers. 12
  • Freight Capacity.
  • Speed. 17.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 2005 

 

  • History:
  • 1972-1991 Esbjerg – Harwich
  • 1980-1982 Hamburg-Harwich
  • 1984-1988 Hamburg-Harwich

Thomas Wehr 

Thomas Wehr

Thomas Wehr

  • Built. 1977 (IMO 7613404)
  • Yard. Rickmers Werft
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS (Charter)
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg – Hamburg
  • Length. 108.31 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 1599
  • Speed. 17.5 Knots
  • Former Name. Wacro Express
  • Status. Lider Samsun

 

  • History:
  • 1985 Chartered to DFDS. Renamed Dana Germania.
  • 1989 Chartered to Elbe Humber Roline. Cuxhaven – Bremerhaven-Immingham-Harwich.
  • 28/08/2007 Oostende-Harwich.

Thyra (II) 

Thyra II

Thyra II

  • Built. 1923 (IMO 1167510)
  • Yard. Frederikshavns Værft & Flydedok
  • Class of Ship. Cargo steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1923-1957
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1940
  • Length. 247
  • Gross Tonnage. 1088
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 10 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1957

 

  • History:
  • 06/08/1956: Arrived at Copenhagen from Grimsby and laid up.
  • 08/02/1957: Sold to Eisen und Metall KG, Lehr & Co., Hamburg.
  • 19/02/1957: Arrived at Bremerhaven for demolition.
  • 03/1957: Demolition commenced.

Tjaldur 

Tjaldur

Tjaldur

  • Built. 1898 (IMO 5601209)
  • Yard. Murdoch & Murray, Port Glasgow
  • Class of Ship. Passenger steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1904-1939
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1923-1925
  • Length. 206.9
  • Gross Tonnage. 795
  • Passengers. 353
  • Speed. 10 Knots
  • Status. Sunk 21/12/1942

 

  • History:
  • Launched as “Vega” in 1898, Sold to DFDS Copenhagen 1904 and renamed Tjaldur.
  • 1939 Sold to Panama, renamed Dora.

  Tor Dania (II) 

Tor Dania

Tor Dania

  • Built. 1977 (IMO 7624051)
  • Yard. Metallurgique & Navale Dunkirk, France.
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS 1992-2012
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 193, 25 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 8670
  • Freight Capacity. 2695 Lane metres
  • Speed. 16.5 Knots
  • Former Name. Ville De Dunkerque
  • Status. Scrapped 2012

 

  • History:
  • 29/10/1977 Launched as Ville de Dunkerque
  • 01/1989 – 27/11/1989 Renamed Dana Hafnia.
  • 18/01/1993 Renamed Tor Dania. (II)
  • 15/04/1993 Renamed Brit Dania (Britline) Esbjerg-Harwich.
  • 13/09/1993 Renamed Tor Dania.
  • 03/03/1994 Esbjerg-Sørreisa-Southampton-Harwich.
  • 30/05/1995 Gothenburg-Immingham-Harwich.
  • 11/2012 Sold to India for Breaking

Trondhjem (II)

Trondhjem

Trondhjem

  • Built. 1923 (IMO 5606091)
  • Yard. A/S Helsingørs Jernskibs- OG Maskinbyggeri
  • Class of Ship. Passenger steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1923-1963
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1958-1963
  • Length. 242.3 Gross Tonnage. 1399
  • Passengers. 52
  • Speed. 11 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1963

 

In service mainly Copenhagen to West Norway and Baltic, continuing 1940-1945, Accommodation reduced post-war. Mainly on UK services including Leith and the Humber from 1945, arrived at Bruges for breaking on 25/08/1963. 

Tunis 

Tunis

Tunis

  • Built. 1936 (IMO 5370840)
  • Yard. A/S Helsingørs Jernskibs- OG Maskinbyggeri
  • Class of Ship. Cargo motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1936-1966
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1953-1965
  • Length. 288
  • Gross Tonnage. 1641
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 12.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1978

 

  • History:
  • 1941 Requisitioned by USA, renamed Aquila.
  • 1945 Renamed Bonanza.
  • 1946 Returned to DFDS and renamed Tunis,
  • 1966 Sold to Greece, renamed Maria T.

Tyne Progress 

Tyne Progress

Tyne Progress

  • Built. 1974 (IMO 7333717)
  • Yard. Stx Finland
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO Cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS (Charter)
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 137,52 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 11797
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 17 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 2008

 

  • History: Strofades II  (2006 ) Veerhaven (1998) Parkhaven (1998) Tyne Progress (1994)
  • Baltic Progress (1992).

Tyr 

Tyr

Tyr

  • Built. 1890 (IMO 1167451)
  • Yard. Lindholmens Mek. Werkstad, Gothenburg
  • Class of Ship. Cargo seamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1900-1951
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1902-1950
  • Length. 182 Gross Tonnage. 526
  • Speed. 10 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1951

 

17/7/1951 Reported broken up

Tzarevetz 

Tzarevetz

Tzarevetz

  • Built. 1979 (IMO 7814462)
  • Yard. Kockums – Malmo
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS (Charter)
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1988
  • Length. 164 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 8919
  • Freight Capacity. 66 Trailers
  • Speed. 17 Knots
  • Status. Wawel

 

Launched in 1979 as the Scandinavia. She spent a large part of her career serving the Dover-Calais cross channel ferry route with successive operators. In March 2004, the new owners GA Ferries renamed the vessel to Alkmini A, operating a service between Igoumenitsa, Greece and Brindisi, Italy from June 2004, this however was not to last and in September 2004 the Alkmini A was sold to Polferries and transferred to the Baltic Sea as the Wawel  operating a route from 15 February 2005 between Swinoujscie, Poland and Ystad, Sweden. In October 2008 she was chartered to DFDS to continue this route. She is currently in service with Polferries as the Wawel.

Union

Union

Union

  • Built. 1875 (IMO 5608955)
  • Yard. Lobnitz Coulborn & Co.
  • Class of Ship. Cargo steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1883-1924
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1920-1923
  • Length. 197
  • Gross Tonnage. 556
  • Passengers. 7
  • Speed. 10 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1924

 

  • 1883 Purchased from Kier, Aalborg
  • 1924 Scrapped.

Vidar (II) 

Vidar

Vidar II

  • Built. 1915 (IMO 5603974)
  • Yard. Burmeister & Wain’s Maskin
  • Class of Ship. Passenger steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1915-1940
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg
  • Length. 267
  • Gross Tonnage. 1353
  • Passengers. 31
  • Speed. 12 Knots
  • Status. Sank 1940

 

31/01/1940: Grimsby – Esbjerg, torpedoed by the German submarine U-21 in the North Sea and sank the following day. 15 men were lost.

Viking (I)

VIking I

Viking I

  • Built. 1883 (IMO 5609245)
  • Yard. Lobnitz & Co., Renfrew
  • Class of Ship. Cargo Steamship
  • Operator. DFDS 1891-1917
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1904-1907
  • Length. 211
  • Gross Tonnage. 761
  • Passengers. 41
  • Speed. 10 Knots
  • Status. Sunk 1917

 

  • History:
  • 11/07/1883: Launched as Achille.
  • 18/03/1891 Sold to DFDS Copenhagen.
  • 1891 Purchased from Grandchamp, Dieppe and renamed Viking.
  • 1917 shelled and sunk by German submarine in Bay of Biscay.

Vistula 

Vistula

Vistula

  • Built. 1930 (IMO 5382489)
  • Yard. A/S Burmeister & Wain’s Maskin
  • Class of Ship. Passenger motorship
  • Operator. DFDS 1930-1966
  • Route. Harwich – Copenhagen 1936
  • Length. 234.3
  • Gross Tonnage. 1250
  • Passengers. 450
  • Speed. 13 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 1970

 

25/08/1936-09/10/1936 DFDS Copenhagen-Harwich-Svendborg-Copenhagen-Aarhus-Harwich-Copenhagen. 

Vomero 

Vomero

Vomero

  • Built. 1973 (IMO 7328360)
  • Yard. Krögerwerft G.M.B.H
  • Class of Ship. RO/RO cargo vessel
  • Operator. DFDS (Charter)
  • Route. Harwich – Esbjerg 1996
  • Length. 126,80 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 3600
  • Passengers. 12
  • Speed. 17.5 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 2004

 

  • History:
  • 11/08/1973 Launched
  • 1994 Renamed Vomero.
  • 1996 Esbjerg-Harwich.
  • 2004 Arrived Aliaga, Turkey for breaking up.

Winston Churchill 

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

  • Built. 1967 (IMO 6718233)
  • Yard. Cantieri Navali del Tirreno
  • Class of Ship. Passenger & car ferry
  • Operator. DFDS 1967-1996
  • Route. Harwich-Esbjerg
  • Length. 140,65 m
  • Gross Tonnage. 10513
  • Passengers. 450
  • Speed. 21 Knots
  • Status. Scrapped 24/01/2004

 

The Winston Churchill was ordered in 1965 and built in Italy to meet the needs of increasing passenger and car traffic between Harwich and Esbjerg. Accommodation for up to 462 passengers and 180 cars, and was also able to accommodate coaches, caravans, Lorries and trailers.

As demand for vehicle-carrying services grew, larger vessels were required for the route and the Winston Churchill was transferred to the River Tyne in 1978, for the twice-weekly service to Gothenburg, following the arrival of the new DFDS vessel MS Dana Anglia on the Harwich route. She was eventually replaced on the Esbjerg route out of the Tyne by a new vessel, the MS King of Scandinavia. She was badly damaged by a fire in her alternator room during a refit at Esbjerg in April 1996, and she was subsequently repaired and sold to Empress Cruise Lines, becoming the Mayan Empress. She was eventually sold for scrap in India in 2004.

Closure of the Harwich – Esbjerg route

The route between Harwich and Esbjerg in Denmark, has been in operation for nearly 140 years.

The Last sailing Sunday 28th September 2014 .

“A Sad Day” at 1715 hours Sunday 28th September 2014 Sirena Seaways left her berth at Parkeston Quay for the last time.

Sirena Seaways

Sirena Seaways

it was a warm sunny evening on the packed Ha’penny Pier in Harwich, as the ferry approached the waiting crowds with a water tug leading the way there was a silence, the bridge of the ship was packed with the ship’s crew all waving goodbye for the last time as well as the passengers on the upper deck, the horn sounded twice and you could see people getting emotional, many of the people on this pier would have either worked on the ferry as cleaners or former staff of the company.

 

 

As she turned the corner heading out into the North Sea for the last time bound for Denmark there was still a silence as the crowds headed home to reflect on what was a sad day for the people of Harwich.

After 140 years two World Wars and many incidents, this marked the end of an era for the Harwich-Esbjerg route.

 

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Header : Prins Oberon (1984) Photo by John Wray