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Stena Line - Page 3
 
Second Generation Car Ferries 1972-75
 
 
This is the third in a series of pages devoted to postcards and photographs of Stena Line. An alphabetical list of ships shown on this page is shown below. A Table of links to complete history pages on selected individual ships is shown on the Stena Line - Header Page.
 
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Ships on This Page:-
Stena Olympica (1972-1982)
Stena Atlantica (1972-1973)
Stena Jutlandica (1) (1973-1982)
Skagen (1973, charter)
Stena Scandinavica (1) (1973-1978)
Stena Nordica (2) (1974)
Stena Danica (3) (1974-1981)
Stena Normandica (1974-1985)
Stena Nautica (1) (1974)
Marine Nautica (1974-1981)
Stena Atlantica (1975)
Marine Atlantica (1975-1979)
Stena Nordica (3) (1975-1978, 1979-1980, 1980-1981)
Stena Nautica (2) (1982-1983)
 
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Stena Line - Page 3
 
Second Generation Car Ferries: 1972-75
 
 
 
Stena Olympica (1972-1982)
 
Stena Olympica was built by Titovo Brodogradiliste, Kraljevica, Yugoslavia, one of four similar ships delivered between 1972-74. Stena Olympica and Stena Scandinavica carried 1500 passengers with 870 berths on the longer Göteborg-Kiel route, whilst Stena Jutlandica and Stena Danica carried 1800 passengers with 105 berths on the shorter Göteborg-Frederikshavn route. The former pair were later stretched with new centre sections by subsequent owners, whereas the latter pair received a second full-height trailer deck by Stena.
 
Stena Olympica entered service with Stena Line in 1972 between Göteborg-Kiel, Korsör-Kiel and Göteborg-Frederikshavn. In 1982 she was sold to Prince of Fundy Cruises, Maine, USA, and renamed Scotia Prince, entering service between Portland, Maine (USA) and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (Canada). In 1986 Scotia Prince was lengthened by 18m in Germany. She was laid up during the winter of 1988/89, and the following winter served between Florida and Mexico. During the winter of 2002/2003 she ran for Yucatan Express between Tampa and Yucatan/ Merida.
 
A complete history of this ship is available on this link.


Official Stena Line postcard of Stena Olympica.
Posted in Kiel, 27/09/74.
 
 
 
Duncan photographic postcard of Stena Olympica.
 
 
 
Postcard of Stena Olympica in Göteborg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Olympica.
Photo: © Frank Heine.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Olympica.
Photo: © Frank Heine.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stena Atlantica (1972-1973)
 
Stena Atlantica was built as Saga in 1966 for Swedish Lloyd. She was one of three sisterships, the others being Swedish Lloyd's Patricia, and Svea Lines' Svea. She was used on the Swedish Lloyd Tilbury-Gothenburg service until 1971, when she was sold to Stena Line, and served under the names Stena Atlantica, Finnpartner, Olau Finn and Folkliner before purchase by Minoan Lines in 1984. She entered service with them as the Festos in 1985. Festos has since served as the Captain Zaman I of Diler Lines, and the Sancak I of Sancak Line.
 
A complete history of this ship is available on this link.


Official Stena Line postcard of Stena Atlantica.
 
 
 
Schoning & Schmidt postcard Kiel1028 of Stena Atlantica at Kiel.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Atlantica.
Photo: © Micke Asklander.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Atlantica.
Photo: © Anders Bergenek.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stena Jutlandica (1) (1973-1982)
 
Stena Jutlandica was built by Brodogradiliste Jozo Lozovina Mosor, Trogir, Yugoslavia, one of four similar ships delivered to Stena Line between 1972-74. Stena Jutlandica and Stena Danica carried 1800 passengers with 105 berths on the shorter Göteborg-Frederikshavn route, whilst Stena Olympica and Stena Scandinavica carried 1500 passengers with 870 berths on the longer Göteborg-Kiel route. The former pair were later enlarged with the addition of a second full-height trailer deck, whereas the latter pair were stretched with new centre sections.
 
Stena Jutlandica entered service with Stena Line in 1973 between Göteborg and Frederikshavn. In 1976-77, a second full height car deck was added, after which she returned to the Göteborg-Frederikshavn route. In 1983, Stena Jutlandica was chartered to CN Marine, Montreal, Canada, as the Jutlandica, for a service between North Sydney and Port Aux Basques. She was sold to CN Marine the following year, and was renamed Bluenose for the Yarmouth to Bar Harbour route. In 1987, ownership passed to Marine Atlantic. Bluenose's last day in traffic with Marine Atlantic was on 15/01/1997, after which she was laid up. In April 1997, Bluenose was taken over by Bay Ferries and returned to service on her previous Yarmouth to Bar Harbour route. Bluenose ceased operation with Bay Ferries in December of the same year, and she was laid up again under the name Hull 309. In 1999 she was sold to Europa Ferries and entered service between Algeciras and Tangier as the Euroferrys Atlantica.
 
A complete history of this ship is available on this link.
 
 
Postcard of Stena Jutlandica leaving Frederikshavn.
Scan: Mikael Blomberg.
 
 
 
Postcard of Stena Jutlandica (or sister Stena Danica) leaving Frederikshavn.
Scan: Mikael Blomberg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Jutlandica before rebuilding with a second trailer deck in 1977.
Photo: © Rickard Sahlsten.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Jutlandica before rebuilding with a second trailer deck in 1977.
Photo: © Aare Avasalu.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Jutlandica after rebuilding with a second trailer deck in 1977.
Photo: © Frank Heine.
 
 
 
Duncan photographic postcard of Stena Jutlandica after rebuilding with a second trailer deck in 1977.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Skagen (1973, charter)
 
To be added
 
 
 
 
 
Stena Scandinavica (1) (1973-1978)
 
Stena Scandinavica was built by Titovo Brodogradiliste, Kraljevica, Yugoslavia, one of four similar ships delivered between 1972-74. Stena Olympica and Stena Scandinavica carried 1500 passengers with 870 berths on the longer Göteborg-Kiel route, whilst Stena Jutlandica and Stena Danica carried 1800 passengers with 105 berths on the shorter Göteborg-Frederikshavn route. The former pair were later stretched with new centre sections, whereas the latter pair received a second full-height trailer deck
 
Stena Scandinavica entered service with Stena Line in 1973 between Göteborg-Kiel, Korsör-Kiel and Göteborg-Frederikshavn. In January 1978, Stena Scandinavica was sold to Irish Continental Line (later Irish Ferries), and renamed St Killian. She remained on charter to Stena Line until May, when she took up her intended Rosslare (and Cork) to Le Havre and Cherbourg routes. In 1981 St Killian was stretched in Amsterdam, increasing length from 124.75m to 156.85m. Passenger capacity increased from 1500 to 2000 (although later reclassified as 1550), and car capacity from 250 to 418. St Killian returned to service in March 1982 as the St Killian II.
 
St Killian II was laid up during the winter of 1996/97, and again in September 1997. She remained in Le Havre until October 1998, when she was purchased by Greek owners, transferring to Piraeus for a further period of lay up. She was chartered out as Egnatia III with Hellenic Mediterranean Lines during the summer of 2003, looking extremely smart on a service Patras-Igoumenitsa-Corfu-Brindisi. Egnatia III was laid up again in Keratsini from September 2003.
 
A complete history of this ship is available on this link.
 
 
Official Stena Line postcard of Stena Scandinavica.
Published: Mielck, Kiel.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Scandinavica.
Photo: © Frank Heine.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Scandinavica.
Photo: © Stenas Arkiv.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stena Danica (3) (1974-1981)
Stena Nordica (2) (1981-84)
Stena Nautica (3) (1984-87)
Stena Londoner (1992-96)
 
Stena Danica (3) was built by Brodogradiliste Jozo Lozovina Mosor, Trogir, Yugoslavia, one of four similar ships delivered to Stena Line between 1972-74. Stena Jutlandica and Stena Danica (3) carried 1800 passengers with 105 berths on the shorter Göteborg-Frederikshavn route, whilst Stena Olympica and Stena Scandinavica carried 1500 passengers with 870 berths on the longer Göteborg-Kiel route. The former pair were later enlarged with the addition of a second full-height trailer deck by Stena, whereas the latter pair were stretched with new centre sections by subsequent owners.
 
Stena Danica (3) entered service with Stena Line in 1974 between Göteborg and Frederikshavn. In 1977, a second full height car deck was added, after which she returned to the Göteborg-Frederikshavn route. In 1981 Stena Danica (3) was renamed Stena Nordica (2). In 1983 Stena Nordica (2) was chartered to Regie voor Maritiem Transport, Oostende, Belgium (RTM), for service between Oostende-Dover. In 1984, Stena Nordica (2) was renamed Stena Nautica (3). The RTM charter ended in 1986, and Stena Nautica (3) was transferred to Stena Cargo and laid up in Göteborg.
 
In 1987, Stena Nautica (3) was chartered to SNCF for service between Newhaven-Dieppe as the Versailles. She was purchased the following year. In 1992 Versailles was chartered to Sealink Stena Line as the Stena Londoner, remaining on the Newhaven-Dieppe service. The charter was ended in 1996, and Stena Londoner moved to the Dover-Calais route with SeaFrance as the SeaFrance Monet. She suffered from recurrent engine problems, and spent much of her time laid up at Dunkerque. In 2000 SeaFrance Monet was sold to Naviera Armas S.A. and sailed to Vigo for refurbishing, re-entering service on Canary Islands services as the Volcan de Tacande in September 2000.
 
A complete history of this ship is available on this link.
 
 
Stena Line postcard of Stena Danica before rebuilding with second trailer deck.
 
 
 
Stena Line postcard of Stena Danica before rebuilding with second trailer deck.
 
 
 
Postcard of Stena Danica (or sister Stena Jutlandica) leaving Frederikshavn.
Scan: Mikael Blomberg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Danica after rebuilding with second trailer deck in 1977.
Photo: © Frank Heine.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Duncan photographic postcard of Stena Danica after rebuilding with second trailer deck in 1977.
 
 
 
Duncan photographic postcard of Stena Nordica after renamed in 1981.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Nordica in RMT service.
Photo: © FotoFlite.
 
 
 
Photograph of the renamed Stena Nautica in RMT service.
Photo: © Frank Heine.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Nautica after RMT service, when she returned to Stena Cargo.
Photo: Andreas Wörteler.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stena Normandica (1974-1985)
 
Stena Normandica was built in 1974 for Stena Line, the first of a series of four ships intended for charter work. Her sisters were Stena Nautica (1974), Stena Atlantica (1975), and Stena Nordica (1975). Stena Normandica's initial charter was to Enterprise Nationale de Transport Maritime des Voyageurs (E.N.T.M.V.), Algeria, for a service between Marseille-Alicante-Algiers. In April 1975 Stena Normandica briefly served as relief on Stena Line's Göteborg-Kiel and Göteborg-Frederikshavn routes, before returning to the E.N.T.M.V. route. The Stena Line relief work was repeated in 1976, followed by six months charter to Gedser-Travemünde Ruten. The early months of 1978 were spent on a more extended period out of Göteborg, plus a brief stint for Normandy Ferries between Southampton-Le Havre. July-December was again spent with E.N.T.M.V.
 
In 1979, Stena Normandica received a longer term charter with Sealink UK, followed by sale in 1985 and renaming as St Brendan. In 1989, St Brendan was sold to Moby Lines, and entered service as Moby Vincent in March 1990. She operated between Genoa-Bastia and Livorno-Bastia. During the summer of 1993, Moby Vincent ran for Silja Line between Umeå - Vasa under the marketing name of Wasa Sun.
 
A complete history of this ship is available on this link.


Photograph of Stena Normandica.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Normandica.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Normandica on GT Ruten charter.
Photo: © Dirk Jankowsky.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Normandica on GT Ruten charter.
Photo: © Fotohaus Pamperin.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Normandica on GT Ruten charter.
Photo: © Fotohaus Pamperin.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Normandica.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Normandica.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stena Nautica (1) (1974)
Marine Nautica (1974-1979)
 
Stena Nautica (1) was built in 1974 for Stena Line, the second of a series of four ships intended for charter work. Her sisters were Stena Normandica (1974), Stena Atlantica (1975), and Stena Nordica (1975). They were designed and built by Rickmers Werft, Bremerhaven, who achieved a very high vehicle capacity for the overall size, the downside of which was the very boxy appearance.
 
Stena Nautica (1) was delivered in October 1974, and was immediately chartered to Marine Atlantic (Canada) for a service between North Sydney and Port aux Basques as the Marine Nautica. She was sold to them in 1979. In 1986, Marine Nautica was sold to the Tourship group, owners of Corsica Ferries, and renamed Corsica Marina II for their Livorno-Bastia service. From 1999, the name was rendered as Corsica Marina Seconda. Sistership Stena Atlantica also joined Corsica/Sardinia Ferries the Sardinia Vera.
 
A complete history of this ship is available on this link.
 
 
Builders photograph of Stena Nautica. She was renamed Marine Nautica before entering service.
Photo: © Rickmers Werft.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Official postcard of Marine Nautica.
 
 
 
Majestic postcard KS-9012 of Marine Nautica and Frederick Carter (rear), pass Sydney, Nova Scotia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stena Atlantica (1975)
Marine Atlantica (1975-1979)
 
Stena Atlantica was built in 1975 for Stena Line, the third of a series of four ships intended for charter work. Her sisters were Stena Normandica (1974), Stena Nautica (1974), and Stena Nordica (1975). They were designed and built by Rickmers Werft, Bremerhaven, who achieved a very high vehicle capacity for the overall size, the downside of which was the very boxy appearance.
 
Stena Atlantica was delivered in May 1975, and was immediately chartered to Marine Atlantic (Canada) for a service between North Sydney and Port aux Basques as the Marine Atlantica. She was sold to them in 1979. In 1986, Marine Atlantica was sold to the Tourship group, owners of Corsica Ferries, and renamed Corsica Vera. She entered service as the Sardinia Vera between Livorno and Golfo Arranci (Sardinia). The Italian port switched to Civitavecchia in 1996. Sistership Stena Nautica also joined Corsica/Sardinia Ferries as the Corsica Marina II. In 2001, Sardinia Vera was chartered to Transmanche Ferries for service between Dieppe and Newhaven.
 
A complete history of this ship is available on this link.
 
 
Photograph of Stena Atlantica.
Photo: © Rickard Sahlsten.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Official postcard of Marine Atlantica.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stena Nordica (3) (1975-1982)
Stena Nautica (2) (1982-83)
 
Stena Nordica (3) was built in 1975 for Stena Line, the last in a series of four ships intended for charter work. Her sisters were Stena Normandica (1974), Stena Nautica (1) (1974) and Stena Atlantica (1975). They were designed and built by Rickmers Werft, Bremerhaven, who achieved a very high vehicle capacity for the overall size, the downside of which was the very boxy appearance.
 
Stena Nordica (3) was delivered in November 1975, and entered service with Stena Line between Göteborg-Kiel. Between May and November 1975, Stena Nordica (3) was chartered to Marine Atlantic for their North Sydney-Port Aux Basques route. Unlike her sisters Marine Nautica and Marine Atlantica, she was not renamed. At the end of the charter, Stena Nordica (3) resumed service with Stena Line on their Göteborg-Frederikshavn route. Repeats of the Marine Atlantic charter was made during the summers of 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1981, separated by a period with European Ferries, on the Felixstowe and Zeebrugge route, through the winter of 1977-78. In September 1978, Stena Nordica (3) was chartered to Hellas Ferries, running between Volos and Lattakia (Syria) as the Hellas. This charter was repeated in 1980 and 1981. Name reverted to Stena Nordica (3) between these Hellas charters, which between February-April 1980, included a charter to Sealink for use between Fishguard and Rosslare. In 1980, Stena Nordica (3) was chartered to B&I Line for service between Rosslare and Pembroke Dock. She visited Birkenhead from November 1980 to February 1981 for engine repairs.
 
After the 1981-82 Hellas Ferries charter, Stena Nordica (3) was renamed Stena Nautica (2), a name previously carried by one of her sisters. She was chartered to RMT, who purchased her the following year in 1983, and renamed her Reine Astrid. Reine Astrid operated for RMT successfully until 1997, despite being much slower than other ships in the fleet. She initially ran between Oostende and Dover, moving to Oostende-Ramsgate in 1994. In 1997, Reine Astrid was sold to Moby Lines and renamed Moby Kiss, but was soon chartered to Comanav (Compagnie Marocaine de Navigation), for service between Algeciras and Tangier as the Al Mansour. Al Mansour was purchased by Comanav in 1998.
 
A complete history of this ship is available on this link.
 
 
Photograph of Stena Nordica.
Photo: © Marine Atlantic.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Nordica.
Photo: Peter Asklander.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Hellas on Hellas Ferries charter.
Photo: Peter Asklander.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Nordica on B&I charter.
Photo: Andreas Wörteler.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Nordica in Stena Ro-Ro colours.
Photo: Andreas Wörteler.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg.
 
 
 
Ramsey Postcard of Stena Nautica on RTM/Sealink charter.
Photo: © Philip Cone.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fleet Postcards
 
 
The Stena Line terminal at Göteborg, with Stena Jutlandica (top left) and Stena Olympica.
 
 
 
The Stena Line terminal at Göteborg, with (from left-to-right):- Stena Danica, Stena Olympica, Stena Jutlandica and Scandinavica. The date is between 1978 and 1981.
 
 
 
 
 
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