MS Free Enterprise II

MS Free Enterprise II was a cross-Channel ferry operated by Townsend Thoresen between 1965 and 1982. The ship features prominently in the comedy film San Ferry Ann.[1] In later life as Moby Blu she served Corsica and Elba.

United Kingdom
  • Free Enterprise II
  • 1982: Moby Blu
Operator: Townsend Thoresen, Dover, England.
  • Dover-Calais (1966-1969)
  • Dover-Zeebrugge (1968-1970)
  • Southampton-Cherbourg (1970-1974)
  • N.V. Werf "Gusto", Schiedam, Rotterdam
  • Engines: J. & K. Smit, Kinderdijk
Yard number: 502
Laid down: August 1964
Launched: 29 January 1965
Identification: IMO number: 6506317
Fate: 2003: sold to Indian breakers
General characteristics
Type: Ferry
Displacement: 4,011 gross
Length: Length on deck - 108.11m (354.7 ft) (overall) 98.50m (323.2 ft) (between perpendiculars)
Height: 9.66m (31.7 ft) (moulded)
Draught: 4.00m (13.2 ft) (maximum)
Installed power: 2x 12-cylinder Smit-M.A.N. four-stroke single acting diesels. Power 5664 kW
Speed: 19.0 knots
Capacity: 1,200 passengers, 230 cars


Free Enterprise II was built by I.C.H. Holland, Werf Gusto Yard, Schiedam, Netherlands in 1965 for Townsend Brothers Ferries (later Townsend Thoresen). In November 2003, she was sold to Indian breakers St Vincent/ Grenadines, renamed Moby and sent to Alang, India for breaking.[2]


Free Enterprise II operated on the Dover–Calais, Dover–Zeebrugge and Southampton–Cherbourg routes throughout the mid to late 1960s and the 1970s. In 1980 she was chartered by Sealink and used on the Portsmouth–Cherbourg route.

In 1982, she was acquired by the NAVARMA/Moby fleet and renamed Moby Blu. They used her on routes to Corsica and then on the Piombino–Elba service.[2][3]



  1. "Merchant Ships: Movies". Irish Sea Shipping. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  2. "Dover Ferry Photos". Dover Ferry Photos. Archived from the original on 15 August 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  3. "Free Enterprise II - Moby Blu". Simplon Postcards. Retrieved 11 February 2012.


  • Cowsill, Miles; Hendy, John (2001). The Townsend eight. Ramsey, Isle of Man: Ferry Publications. ISBN 978-1871947601.
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