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Brittany Ferries
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These pages are devoted to postcards of Brittany Ferries. The Table below gives links to complete postcard history pages on selected individual ships. Below the table are official postcards of the fleet. A complete set of cards of the 2001 fleet has been issued, and these are all shown. The coverage is now being extended to earlier ships in the fleet.
 
Ships on This Page:-
Armorique (1) (1976-1994)
Armorique (2) (2009- )
Barfleur (1992- )
Beauport (1991-1993) - to be added
Benodet (1984-1985)
Bretagne (1989- )
Cornouailles (1977-1989) - to be added
Cotentin (2007- )
Coutances (1978- )
Duc de Normandie (1986-2005)
Duchesse Anne (1988-1996)
Goelo (1980-1982)
Kerisnel (1972-1974) - to be added
Mont St Michel (2002- )
Normandie (1992- )
Normandie Express (2005- )
Penn-Ar-Bed (1974-1984) - to be added
Pont-Aven (2004- )
Pont L'Abbé (2006- )
Prince Of Brittany (1980-1989) - to be added
Reine Mathilde (1989-1991) - to be added
Quiberon (1982-2002)
Tregastel (1985-1991)
Val de Loire (1992-2006)
 
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Table of Ship Histories
Name
Other names
 Built
 Barfleur  
 1992
 Benodet  Apollo, Olau Kent, Gelting Nord, Corbiere
 1970
 Coutances  
 1978
 Duc de Normandie  Prinses Beatrix
 1978
 Goelo  Stena Britannica, Viking 6, Sol Olympia, Moby Dream
 1967
 Mont St Michel  
 2002
 Normandie  
 1992
 Quiberon  Nils Dacke
 1975
 Val de Loire  Nils Holgersson, King of Scandinavia
 1987







Brittany Ferries Fleet List
 
 
Kerisnel
(Brittany Ferries: 1972-1974)
 
to be added






Penn-Ar-Bed
(Brittany Ferries: 1974-1984)
 
to be added






Armorique
(Brittany Ferries: 1976-1994)

All Armorique images link to larger copies



Postcard of Armorique





Armorique leaving St Malo in 1975
Photo: ©1975 Ian Boyle

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Armorique leaving St Malo in 1975
Photo: ©1975 Ian Boyle

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Cornouailles
(Brittany Ferries: 1977-1989)
 
to be added






Prince Of Brittany (1980-1989)
Reine Mathilde (1989-1991)
Beauport (1991-1993)

to be added






Coutances
(Truckline/Brittany Ferries: 1978- )
 
Coutances was built in 1978 by Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre for Truckline Ferries' Cherbourg-Poole service. Her sister ship was Purbeck. In 2004 she received full Brittany Ferries colours.
 
Complete history of Coutances
 
 
Coutances leaving Cherbourg.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 5th April 2003.
 
 
Coutances leaving Cherbourg in Truckline colours.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 5th April 2003.
 
 
Coutances arrivinag at Poole in Brittany Ferries colours.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd April 2006
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Coutances arriving at Poole in Brittany Ferries colours.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 22nd April 2006
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Goelo
(Brittany Ferries charter: 1980-1982)
 
Goelo was built as the Stena Line vessel Stena Britannica in 1967. Her career with Stena was short, and between 1968-74 she served as the Wickershamn. Sally bought her in 1974, and renamed her the Viking 6. She was used on the Stockholm-Helsinki route. Between 1980-82 she was chartered to Brittany Ferries as Goelo. She then served in the Mediterranean under various owners until 2001, when sold for scrap. A complete postcard history of this ship is available on this link.
 
 






Quiberon
(Brittany Ferries: 1982-2002)
 
Quiberon was built as Nils Dacke for Lion Ferry in 1975, by Werft Nobiskrug GmbH, Rendsburg. Nils Dacke was chartered to Rederi Ab Öresund for use between Malmö-Travemünde, retaining a Lion Ferry crew. In 1976, the service became known as Saga Line, serving Helsingborg/Malmö-Travemünde. From 1980, the service was operated by TT Saga Line, between Malmö-Travemünde. In 1982, Nils Dacke was chartered to Brittany Ferries as the Quiberon between Plymouth-Santander Plymouth-Roscoff and Roscoff-Cork. Quiberon was purchased by Brittany Ferries two years later. She operated on various Brittany Ferries routes until 2002, when Quiberon finished her career between Portsmouth-Caen, whilst awaiting delivery of the delayed Mont St Michel. Quiberon was then sold to Linee Lauro, for use in the Mediterranean, initially Séte-Palma. Additional postcards and photos, including additional Brittany Ferries images, are available on the complete history of this ship on this link.
 
 
Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Quiberon.
Built 1975, acquired 1982.
Sold in 2002 on the arrival of Mont St Michel in the fleet.






Benodet
(Brittany Ferries charter: 1984-1985)
 
Apollo (II) was the first of a series of six similar ships delivered to Viking Line partners by the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg (a further three ships were delivered to a Mexican company). Apollo (II) carried 1200 passengers and 260 cars. She served on the Kapellskär-Mariehamn-Naantali route, but was sold after only six years as traffic grew. She later served as Olau Kent (1976-80), Gelting Nord (1980-84), Benodet (1984-85), and Corbiere (1985-90), before returning to her original name of Apollo in 1990.
 
Brittany ferries chartered Gelting Nord from Nordisk Faergefart in 1984, and renamed her Benodet. In 1985 she was transferred to the Channel Island Ferries service from Portsmouth, and renamed Corbiere.
 
 
Brittany Ferries official postcard (published by Editions d'Art Jack, serial 9221) of Benodet.
 
 
Editions d'Art Jos postcard 8.8453 of Benodet at Roscoff.
 
 
Editions d'Art Jos postcard 8.8465 of Benodet at Roscoff.






Tregastel
(Brittany Ferries: 1985-1991)
 
 
Tregastel in Brittany Ferries colours.
 
 
Tregastel in Brittany Ferries colours.
 
 
Tregastel in Truckline colours.
 
 
Tregastel in Truckline colours.






Duc de Normandie
(Brittany Ferries: 1986-2005)
 
Duc de Normandie was built as the Prinses Beatrix (2) in 1978 by Verolme Scheepswerf Heusden B.V, Heusden, Holland, for Stoomvaart Maatschappij Zeeland (SMZ). She entered service between Hoek van Holland and Harwich. In October 1985, she was sold to Brittany Ferries, entering service as the Duc de Normandie in June 1986, having been chartered back to SMZ in the interim. She worked for Brittany Ferries on their Portsmouth-Caen route, until replaced by the Mont St Michel in 2002, when she moved to Roscoff-Plymouth. Duc de Normandie was withdrawn from regular Brittany Ferries services in September 2004, and was offered for sale. In November 2004 she moved to Gdansk, Poland for lay-up.
 
Complete history of Duc de Normandie
 
 
Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Duc de Normandie.
 
 
Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Duc de Normandie.
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Duchesse Anne
(Brittany Ferries: 1988-1996)
 
 
Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Duchesse Anne.






Bretagne
(Brittany Ferries: 1989- )
 
Bretagne was built in 1989 by Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St Nazaire. She is 152.8 m long and 17760 gross tons. Bretagne carries 2056 passengers (1146 in berths), 367 cars and has 735 lanemeters for freight. She entered service between Plymouth and Santander. From 1993, the UK winter terminal was Portsmouth. Following the acquisition of Val de Loire, Bretagne was switched to the Portsmouth-St Malo route.
 
 
Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Bretagne.
 
 
Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Bretagne.
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Bretagne on the Seine, 31st December 2006
Photo: © Philippe Brebant
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Bretagne on the Seine, 31st December 2006
Photo: © Philippe Brebant
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Barfleur
(Truckline Ferries: 1992-99)
(Brittany Ferries: 1992- )
 
Barfleur was built by Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Åbo, Finland in 1992, for the Truckline Ferries Cherbourg-Poole service. She is 157.6 m long, and 20133 gross tons. Barfleur carries 1212 passengers (268 berths) and 550 cars, and has 1530 lanemetres for freight. In 1999 she was transferred to the fleet of parent company Brittany Ferries.
 
Additional postcards and photographs of Barfleur are available on this link
 
 
Official Truckline postcard of Barfleur.
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Official Truckline postcard of Barfleur.
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Postcard of Barfleur in Truckline service passing Sandbanks (Poole).
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Postcard of Barfleur in Truckline service passing Sandbanks (Poole).
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Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Barfleur.
 
 
Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Barfleur.
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Normandie
(Brittany Ferries: 1992- )
 
Normandie was built by Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Åbo, Finland in 1992, for the Brittany Ferries Caen-Portsmouth service. She is 161.4 m long, and 27541 gross tons. Normandie carries 2160 passengers (774 berths) and 680 cars, and has 1720 lanemetres for freight.
 
Additional postcards and photographs of Normandie are available on this link.
 
 
Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Normandie.
 
 
Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Normandie.
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Photograph by Ian Boyle of Normandie at Portsmouth on 04/04/2003.
Additional postcards and photographs of Normandie are available on this link.






Val de Loire
(Brittany Ferries: 1992-2006)
 
The Val de Loire was built as the Nils Holgersson (4) in 1987 by Schichau Seebeckswerft AG, Bremerhaven, for the TT Line Travemünde-Trelleborg route. Her sisters were the Peter Pan (3), Olau Britannia (2) and Olau Hollandia (2). In 1992 she was sold to SweFerry Ab, Trelleborg, remaining in TT Line service. In 1993 she was sold to Brittany Ferries, entering service as the Val de Loire after a major rebuilding in La Spezia. Her primary route is Plymouth-Santander, but she also serves Plymouth-Roscoff. In winter, the English port for the Santander service switched to Portsmouth. Val de Loire was sold to DFDS in 2006.
 
A complete history of this ship is available on this link.
 
 
Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Val de Loire.
 
 
Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Val de Loire.
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Mont St Michel
(Brittany Ferries: 2002- )
 
IMO number: 9238337 - Name of ship: MONT ST. MICHEL - Call Sign: FNMT
Gross tonnage: 35586 - Type of ship: Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship - Year of build: 2002 - Flag: France
Built by van der Giessen-de Noord B.V. - Krimpen a/d IJssel Yard/hull No.: 985
 
Built 2002 for the Portsmouth-Caen route.
 
More images of Mont St Michel
 
 
Official postcard of Mont St Michel
 
 
Postcard of Mont St Michel
 
 
Photograph of Mont St Michel leaving Portsmouth on 19/04/2003
Additional photographs of Mont St Michel are available on this link.






Pont-Aven
(Brittany Ferries: 2004- )
 
Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Pont-Aven.
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Pont-Aven at Rotterdam, 30th December 2006
Photo: © Cees de Bijl
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Pont-Aven at Rotterdam, 30th December 2006
Photo: © Cees de Bijl
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Pont-Aven at Rotterdam, 30th December 2006
Photo: © Cees de Bijl
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Pont-Aven at Rotterdam, 30th December 2006
Photo: © Cees de Bijl
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Normandie Express
(Brittany Ferries: 2005- )
 
 
Official Brittany Ferries postcard of Normandie Express.
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Official Brittany Ferries photo of Normandie Express.
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Pont L'Abbé
(Brittany Ferries: 2006- )
 
 
Official postcard of Pont L'Abbé
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Photo of Pont L'Abbé
Photo: © Daniel Jegou
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Cotentin
(Brittany Ferries: 2007- )
 
IMO number: 9364978 - Name of ship: COTENTIN - Call Sign: FMLX
Gross tonnage: 22542 - Type of ship: Passenger/Ro-Ro Cargo Ship - Year of build: 2007 - Flag: France
 
 
Cotentin leaving Portsmouth for Poole
Photo: © Mike Taplin, 14th November 2007, off Seaview, Isle of Wight
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Cotentin leaving Portsmouth for Poole
Photo: © Mike Taplin, 14th November 2007, off Seaview, Isle of Wight
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Cotentin at Brest after guarantee visit
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th August 2008
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Cotentin at Brest after guarantee visit
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th August 2008
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Cotentin at Brest after guarantee visit
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th August 2008
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Cotentin at Brest after guarantee visit
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 29th August 2008
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Armorique (2)
(Brittany Ferries: 2009- )
 
Car-passenger ferry Armorique (2) was been delivered from STX Europe's Helsinki yard in Finland to the French operator Brittany Ferries in January 2009. The newbuilding is designed to carry passengers, cars and road cargo vehicles between Roscoff and Plymouth.
 
The 168.3 metres long and 26.8 metres wide vessel has an operating speed of 23 knots and top speed of 25 knots. She has two-deck loading and discharge. There are 980 lane metres of vehicle space, i.e. for 470 cars or some 60 trucks. With 1,500 passenger capacity, Armorique features a large shopping area, dedicated areas for teenagers, a cinema, and a variety of bars, restaurants and lounges. There are reclining seats for day passengers while a total of 248 cabins will provide overnight accommodation for a maximum of 780 passengers, including a small number of suites.
The hull of the new ferry is identical to that of the freight ferry Cotentin delivered from STX Europe in Helsinki last year, but Armorique has a much larger upper deck passenger area.
 
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