The Norland was a P&O roll-on/roll-off ferry operating between Kingston upon Hull in Yorkshire, UK, and Rotterdam Europoort, Netherlands, and then Zeebrugge, Belgium. The 27,000 tonne ferry was built in 1974 by AG Weser, Bremerhaven, for Dutch North Sea Ferries partners Noordzee Veerdiensten N.V. Sistership MV Norstar sailed under Dutch flag and Norland under British flag and with (mainly) British crew. The ship transferred to P&O North Sea Ferries in 1996.
|Port of registry:|
|Out of service:||2010|
|Identification:||IMO number: 7333822|
|Falkland Islands, 1982|
|Class and type:||RORO|
|Length:||152.77 m (501.2 ft)|
|General characteristics after 1987 stretch|
|Length:||173.29 m (568.5 ft)|
|Beam:||25.2 m (83 ft)|
|Draft:||6.02 m (19.8 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Two SWD 16TM410|
|Speed:||19 knots (35 km/h)|
During the Falklands War, the Ministry of Defence requisitioned the Norland to be used as a troopship in the Task Force sent to retake the Falkland Islands from Argentina. Norland was among the ships to enter San Carlos Water during the amphibious landings of Commandos and Paratroopers, Captained by Donald Ellerby CBE. The ship survived attack from the Argentine Air Force, and at the end of the war repatriated the defeated Argentine troops back home, alongside the Canberra. For this service Norland received the battle honour "Falkland Islands 1982," which for many years was displayed in one of the passenger lounges, with a painting of the ship in San Carlos Water.
The ship was broken up in India in the summer of 2010.
- Falkland-war details from British Units in the Falklands War Archived 4 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine website, visited 22 November 2009
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "The Ferry Site SNAV Sicilia". Retrieved 21 December 2009.