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Stena Normandica
Stena Normandica - St Brendan - Moby Vincent - Wasa Sun
 
 
This page is devoted to postcards and photographs of the Stena Normandica of 1974, later the Moby Vincent.
 
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). 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 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 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.
 
 
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Stena Normandica - Stena Line: 1974-1985
Stena Normandica - Gedser-Travemünde Ruten charter: 1976
St Brendan - Sealink: 1985-89
Moby Vincent - Moby Lines: 1989-
Wasa Sun - Wasa Line charter: 1993
 
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Stena Normandica
(Stena Line: 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 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.
 
 
 
Photograph of Stena Normandica.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg
 
 
Photograph of Stena Normandica.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg
 
 
Photograph of Stena Normandica.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg
 
 
Photograph of Stena Normandica.
Scan: Fakta om Fartyg
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stena Normandica
(Gedser-Travemünde Ruten charter: 1976)
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
St Brendan
(Sealink: 1985-89)
 
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.
 
 
Official postcard of St Brendan in Sealink British Ferries colours.
Published by J.Arthur Dixon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Moby Vincent
(Moby Lines: 1989- )
 
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.
 
 
Photograph of Moby Vincent in original colours.
Photo: © Andreas Wörteler - Scan: Fakta om Fartyg
 
 
Photograph of Moby Vincent in original colours.
Photo: © Andreas Wörteler - Scan: Fakta om Fartyg
 
 
Simplon Postcards issue sp1271 of the Moby Freedom, released December 2001.
Photographed at Bastia in August 2001 by Ian Boyle.
 
 
These photographs were taken by Ian Boyle at Bastia in August 2001.
Further photos are shown on this link.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wasa Sun
(Wasa Line charter: 1993- )
 
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.
 
 
An official Silja Line postcard of Wasa Sun/Moby Vincent.
Printed by Niklas Vykort (serial number 396).
 
 
Photograph of Wasa Sun/Moby Vincent.
Photo: © Mikael Blomberg - Scan: Fakta om Fartyg
 
 
 
 
 
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