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Scillonian
 
Scillonian (2) - Devonia - Devoniun - Syllingar - Remvi - Africa Queen - Princess Eliana - Olga J
 
 
This page is devoted to postcards and photographs of the 1956 Isles of Scilly SS Co ferry Scillonian (2).
 
Scillonian (2) was built by J.I.Thorneycroft at Woolston, Southampton, and entered service in March 1956. She replaced the original Scillonian (1) of 1926. Scillonian (2) was 208ft long, 921 gross tons and was powered by two Rustion diesels which gave a speed of 15.5 knots. She carried 500 passengers and 14 crew.
 
Scillonian (2) operated between the Isles of Scilly and Penzance, although she sometimes diverted to Falmouth or St Ives in bad weather. Scillonian (2) was replaced by Scillonian III in 1977, and was sold to P&A Campbell as the Devonia joining the Balmoral. In her first season Devonia deputised for Balmoral on the Bristol Channel, and ran on the Thames, still with her white hull. Campbells hoped to use her freight capacity to serve Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel, work eventually taken over by the Oldenburg, but this did not transpire. Over the winter of 1977/1978, Devonia was chartered for oil rig ferry work at Loch Kishorn, before returning to the Bristol Channel in April, by then in full Campbell colours. she was laid up in Bristol late 1978. In 1979 she briefly worked from Torquay to the Channel Isles. P&A Campbell ceased operations in 1980.
 
Devonia was acquired by Torbay Seaways and renamed Devoniun in 1982. She operated trips to the Channel Isles, plus local excursions from Torquay. Torbay Seaways planned to replace her with the Caledonian Macbrayne ferry Clansman, but were refused permission to have a ramp at Torquay. They then bought the side-loading Hebrides in her place. Torbay Seaways were bought by the Huelin Renouf Group.
 
In 1984, Devoniun was sold to Norse Atlantic Ferries, and renamed Syllingar after arriving in Kirkwall in November 1984. Norse Atlantic Ferries were connected with the company which ran the Golden Mariana in Orkney, and the joint "fleet" was marketed as Viking Island Ferries. The Highlands & Islands Development Board put up the majority of the capital to purchase Syllingar, with both the Orkney and Shetland Island Councils also taking a minority interest. The timetable showed up to two returns each week between Kirkwall (Orkney), Westray and Scalloway (Shetland), plus additional cruises to Foula and Fair Isle etc. The journey took 9.5 hours. Financial problems, some caused by mechanical troubles, forced the service to cease in August 1985. Syllingar had demonstrated the need for a link between Orkney and Shetland, and the Orcadia continued the service the following year. P&O then introduced a regular service using the St Sunniva (3).
 
Following her period as Syllingar she was respectively the Remvi (1986-1989), running across the Adriatic for Hellenic Cruising Holidays, and then the Africa Queen (1989-1997), owned by J.A.R. Atlantic Ocean Ltd, Belize and operating off West Africa. The latter company renamed her the Princess Eliana (1997-1998) before her final sale as the Olga J. The owner of the Olga J was a Cypriot Greek ship-owner, John Christodoulo, director of Asterias Maritime, a company registered in Belize. The ship and her crew were abandonned by her owner in Bourgos, Bulgaria, and she later sank there.
 
 
Ships on this Page:-
Scillonian (2) - Isles of Scilly SS Co: 1956-1977
Devonia - P.& A.Campbell: 1977-1980
Devoniun - Torbay Seaways: 1982-1984
Syllingar - Viking Island Ferries: 1984-1985
Olga J - Asterias Maritime: 1998-2004
 
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Scillonian (2)
(Isles of Scilly SS Co: 1956-1977)
 
Postcard of Scillonian (2).
 
 
 
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J.Arthur Dixon postcard (serial I.o.S.6385) of Scillonian (2).
 
 
 
Postcard of Scillonian (2).
 
 
 
Jarrold postcard (serial KPE131) of Scillonian (2).
 
 
 
Postcard of Scillonian (2).
 
 
 
Postcard of Scillonian (2).
 
 
 
F.E.Gibson postcard (serial C13816) of Scillonian (2).
 
 
 
Photograph of Scillonian (2).
 
 
 
 
 
 
Devonia
(P&A Campbell: 1977-1980)
 
Devonia at Tower Pier, London.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
Devonia at Tower Pier, London.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
Devonia on a cruise from Southend.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
Devonia on a cruise from Southend.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
Devonia on a cruise from Southend.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
P & A Cambell's Devonia.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
P & A Cambell's Devonia.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
Devonia at Bristol.
Photo: © David Hathaway.
 
 
 
Still as Devonia - at Phillips Yard, Kingswear.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
Still as Devonia - at Phillips Yard, Kingswear.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Devoniun
(Torbay Seaways: 1982-1984)
 
Postcard of Devoniun.
 
 
 
Postcard of Devoniun.
 
 
 
Devoniun in Torbay Seaways ownership.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
Devoniun in Torbay Seaways ownership.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
Devoniun in Torbay Seaways ownership.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
Devoniun laid up in the River Dart.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
Devoniun laid up in the River Dart.
Scan: Chris Marrow.
 
 
 
Leaflet showing evening trips on the "lovely cruise liner" Devoniun.
Click on this image to open a larger copy in a new window.
 
 
 
Leaflet showing day excursions on the Devoniun.
 
 
 
 
 
Syllingar
(Viking Island Ferries: 1984-1985)
 
The Syllingar arrives in Kirkwall for the first time (still named Devoniun).
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
The Syllingar arrives in Kirkwall for the first time (still named Devoniun).
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
The Syllingar arrives in Kirkwall for the first time (still named Devoniun).
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
Syllingar & Golden Mariana both leave Kirkwall at the same time.
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
The Syllingar alongside in Kirkwall.
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
Returning from Shetland, Syllingar arrives in Kirkwall.
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
Syllingar at Kirkwall Pier, taken from Shore Street.
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
Syllingar tied up at Kirkwall pier.
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
Fleet meeting. Golden Mariana passes the Syllingar at The Galt.
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
Fleet meeting. Golden Mariana passes the Syllingar at The Galt.
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
Syllingar anchored off the Fair Isle on a cruise.
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
The Syllingar alongside at Westray.
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
The Syllingar alongside at Westray.
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
Looking aft from the Syllingar's bow.
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
The Syllingar loading a car at Scalloway, Shetland.
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
Viking Island Ferries timetable for Syllingar.
Scan: Chris Marrow
Click on image for a larger version in new window.
 
 
First Day Cover for inaugural voyage of Syllingar.
Scan: Chris Marrow
 
 
 
 
 
 
Olga J
(Asterias Maritime: 1998-2004)
 
Following her period as Syllingar she was respectively the Remvi, running across the Adriatic for Hellenic Cruising Holidays, then the Africa Queen owned by J.A.R. Atlantic Ocean Ltd, Belize and operating off West Africa. The latter company renamed her the Princess Eliana before her final sale as the Olga J. The owner of the vessel at that time was a Cypriot Greek ship-owner, a certain John Christodoulo, director of Asterias Maritime, a company registered in Belize.
 
The following images by © Olivier Aubert show Scillonian (2) at the end of her days as Olga J. The ship and her crew were abandonned in Bourgos, Bulgaria by her owners, and the plight of the crew is shown in a series of over forty images at: http://www.1d-photo.org/
 
 
Photograph of Olga J.
Photo: © Olivier Aubert
 
 
 
Photograph of Olga J.
Photo: © Olivier Aubert
 
 
 
Photograph of Olga J.
Photo: © Olivier Aubert
 
 
 
Photograph of Olga J.
Photo: © Olivier Aubert
 
 
 
Photograph of Olga J.
Photo: © Olivier Aubert
 
 
 
Photograph of Olga J.
Photo: © Olivier Aubert
 
 
 
Photograph of Olga J.
Photo: © Olivier Aubert
 
 
 
Photograph of Olga J.
Photo: © Olivier Aubert
 
 
 
Photograph of Olga J.
Photo: © Olivier Aubert
 
 
 
Last remains of the Olga J in the Bulgarian port of Burgas.
Scan: Chris Marrow




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