MV Troubridge

MV Troubridge was a ferry that served the South Australian coastal trade between Port Adelaide, Kingscote on Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln. It was built by Evans Deakin, of Brisbane, Queensland as a roll on roll off ferry to minimise loading time and maximise time spent at sea.[1]

Maiden voyage of MV Troubridge. Port Adelaide.
Australia Australia
  • MV Troubridge (1962-ca1987)
  • City of Famagusta
  • European Glory
  • Karden
  • Marwa
Namesake: Sir Thomas Troubridge, 1st Baronet[1]
  • South Australian Steamship Company (1961-1977)
  • RW Miller and South Australian Government
Port of registry: Adelaide
Builder: Evans Deakin, of Brisbane, Queensland[2]
Identification: IMO number: 5369437
General characteristics
Type: Roll on roll off ferry
Tonnage: 1,995 tons (2027 tonnes)[1]
Length: 291'6" (88m)
Beam: 50'1" (15.2m)
Draught: 13'1"(3.9)
Ramps: 1 rear ramp
Installed power: Twin Polar Diesel 4110BHp
Speed: 14.5 knots (26.8 km/h)
Capacity: 582 tons (591 tonnes)

Operational history

Troubridge was built to replace SS Karatta in serving on the Adelaide - Kingscote - Port Lincoln route. It began services to Kingscote and Port Lincoln in 1961. Services to Port Lincoln were eventually discontinued leaving Troubridge to dedicated Kingscote Services. It operated until 1 June 1987, when it was replaced by Island Seaway.[3][1]

Troubridge was sold and went to Malta in 1990 as City of Famagusta. She was then bought by European Seaways and renamed European Glory. Her ownership passed to Poseidon Lines, under the name Sea Wave. In 1995 she was registered in Turkey as Karden. She was re-registered in North Korea in 2003 as Marwa, before being finally scrapped in Turkey in 2004.[1]


  1. Tracey, Dr Michael MacLellan. "'History in a Discarded Painting ~ The MV Troubridge'". HERITAGE ARCHAEOLOGY. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  3. Smith, Andrea (June 2006). "The maritime cultural landscape of Kangaroo Island, South Australia: A study of Kingscote and West Bay" (PDF). Flinders University, South Australia. Retrieved 26 June 2018. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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