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. In later life as Moby Blu she served Corsica and Elba.
|Operator:||Townsend Thoresen, Dover, England.|
|Laid down:||August 1964|
|Launched:||29 January 1965|
|Identification:||IMO number: 6506317|
|Fate:||2003: sold to Indian breakers|
|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|
|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.
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 popular culture
- Cowsill, Miles; Hendy, John (2001). The Townsend eight. Ramsey, Isle of Man: Ferry Publications. ISBN 978-1871947601.