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F/B PENELOPE A

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Rafina, 11/08/2010 #10103

 

Ship

Penelope A (1992/2004)

ΠΗΝΕΛΟΠΗ A

Building Spec.

Arsenal National de la Marine,

Brest, France, 1972 – N° 2

Call Sign

SZNZ

IMO Number

7205075

GRT

5.590

DWT

1.014

Dimensions

117,5 x 19,8 x 4

Engines

2 De Bretagne – Pielstick 16PC2V, 11.030 kW

Speed

19,5 knots

Passengers

1.400

Beds

118

Cars

256

Lane Metres

450

Sister ships

Agios Georgios

Apollon (Scrapped in 2010) 

Registry Port

Piraeus

Flag

Greek

Former Names/Own.

Horsa Sealink UK (British Railways) 1972-84

Horsa Sealink British Ferries 1984-90

Stena Horsa Sealink Stena Line 1990-92

Penelope A – Agoudimos Lines 1992-99

Express Penelope – Minoan Flying Dolphins / Hellas Ferries 2000-02

Express Penelope – Hellas Flying Dolphins / Hellas Ferries 2002-04

New Names/Owners

Line

Rafina – Andros – Tinos – Mykonos

 

Second one of three sister ships, she started her career in 1972 as “Horsa” for Sealink. Named after the brother of King Hengist, the warrior Horsa which died in the battle of V sec. A.C. of Anglo-Saxons serving King Vortigern in the conquer of Great Britain, she was the bigger ferry in the Channel at the time of her delivery to British Railways. She entered service on Folkestone – Boulogne line to inaugurate the car ferry services from the Kent port after it had received appropriate link-spans for car ferries, some 23 years after Dover, the main Kent port, received it. Anyway the ship served also Calais port from Folkestone and sailed also from Dover to Calais, Boulogne, Dunkirk and Oostend. The ship name was later repainted in bigger characters, then, in 1984, British Railways sold its ferry operations to Seacontainers; this was accompanied by a new white livery with a blue funnel, painted with Master gallons and a light-blue Sealink mark on the hull; a year later, in 1985, the Sealink mark was updated to “Sealink British Ferries”, in order to characterize the new Seacontainers ownership after the privatization. In 1990 Seacontainers sells Sealink British Ferries to Stena Line, which renames the company “Sealink Stena Line” and the present ferry as “Stena Horsa”; on 1990 Summer the “Stena Horsa”, which was staby on Folkestone – Boulogne line from the privatization of 1984, was sent to Irish Sea, linking Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire, being replaced at Folkestone by the “St. Anselm”. The “Stena Horsa” spent all 1991 on her traditional route; Stena Line anyway decided to close down the Folkestone service at the end of the year, so the “Stena Horsa” left Folkestone for the last time on December 31st, 1991, having onboard also a special passenger, the Greek shipowner Agoudimos. The owner of Agoudimos Lines was searching a bigger ship for its Rafina – Cyclades line, and he was well impressed by the “Stena Horsa”, so he decided to buy her, as it is told in John May’s excellent book “Greek Ferries” of 1999. The ferry came to Greece in February 1992 as the “Penelope A”, receiving only a minor refit from her appearance on Channel days, by the extension to the stern of deck A and deck B (respectively deck 5 and deck 6 in Greece), anyway maintaining an elegant stern line. Deployed on Rafina – Andros – Tinos – Mykonos on Summer 1992, she stayed on that line till the end of 1999, serving also Paros, Naxos, Schinoussa, Koufonissia, Heraklia and Amorgos on her Thursday departure from Rafina; later purchased by Minoan Flying Dolphins, was renamed “Express Penelope” and continued the same service from Rafina. After four years of service, the board of Hellas Flying Dolphins, the new company name of Minoan Flying Dolphins, decided to sell some old ships, so Agoudimos bought back this ferry and gave her another time the name of “Penelope A”, maintaining the same line performed in the last 12 years. The decision of the sale by H.F.D. was very good…for Agoudimos! In fact, the “Penelope A” on 2004 summer was the most successful vessel leaving from Rafina, both for her cheapness comparing their fares with those of the ferries leaving from Piraeus and also for her very good internal spaces and her exterior which, thanking God, lacks of these massive and awful superstructures which frequently are added on her once-time Sealink fleet mates after their arrival in Greece. On December 5th, 2004, while the ferry was departing from Rafina to her usual destinations of Andros, Tinos and Mykonos, was hit by the “Evia Star”, arriving from Marmari, receiving little damage, but being prevented to sail; luckily no one of the 687 passengers was hurt. ADAC Ferry test 2005 reported a very bad vote for “Penelope A”, but I wasn’t able to understand if the test refers to this ship or to the other “Penelope A” of the company. On July 24th, 2006, the ferry had another little accident, without any injury for the passengers, colliding with Andros pier arriving from Tinos and forcing her 700 passengers to continue the trip to Rafina on the “Superferry II”. On October of the same year, she was equipped with safety doors in her garage.

 

Horsa1

SEALINK BRITISH RAIL F/B Horsa - Photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander

 

SEALINK BRITISH RAILWAYS FB Horsa 02_Nigel Thorntonn 11Lu83

SEALINK BRITISH RAIL F/B Horsa – Photo by courtesy of Nigel Thorntonn, Boulogne, 11/07/83 #3333

 

SEALINK BRITISH FERRIES FB Horsa 02_Nigel Thorntonn 1984

SEALINK BRITISH FERRIES F/B Horsa – Photo by courtesy of Nigel Thorntonn, Calais, 1984 #3334

 

SEALINK BRITISH FERRIES FB Horsa 03_Peter Asklander

SEALINK BRITISH FERRIES F/B HorsaPhoto © Peter Asklander #3335

 

Horsa2

SEALINK BRITISH FERRIES F/B Horsa - Photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander

 

StenaHorsa

SEALINK STENA LINE F/B Stena Horsa - Photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander

 

SEALINK STENA LINE FB Stena Horsa 02_Gordon Wise 31Ot91

SEALINK STENA LINE F/B Stena HorsaPhoto © Gordon Wise, Folkestone, 31/10/91 #3332

 

Just arrived in Greece, some work at stern – Photo © George Giannakis, Piraeus, 1992 #6158

 

Penelope A (exp)

Photo from Fleet File Rotterdam’s collection

 

Enclosure of Deck 6 at stern – Photo © George Giannakis, Perama, 01/04/95 #6159

 

Photo © Lucas Latreche, Rafina #3214

 

AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A

Photo by courtesy of EFOPLISTIS magazine

 

Grand pavois – Photo © Antonios Lazaris #8197

 

HELLAS FERRIES FB Express Penelope 04

M.F.D HELLAS FERRIES F/B Express Penelope - Photo © Pieter Inpijn

 

HELLAS FERRIES H.F.D. FB Express Penelope 01_Nikos Thrylos 08Se03

H.F.D. HELLAS FERRIES F/B Express Penelope – Photo © Nikos Thrylos, Mykonos, 08/09/03 #1522

 

AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 02

AGOUDIMOS LINES F/B Penelope just after the purchase from Agoudimos - Photo © Dominik Wagner, April 2004

 

AGOUDIMOS LINES F/B Penelope – Photo © Antonios Lazaris, Piraeus #8196

 

AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 06_Ilias Ikaria

Photo © Ilias Ikaria #1412

 

AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 07_Stathis Livieratos

Photo © Stathis Livieratos #1421

 

AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 09_polmyt

Photo © Polmyt #1587

 

AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 08_Nikos Thrylos 20Lu04

Photo © Nikos Thrylos, Mykonos, 20/07/04 #1508

 

AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 11_Lucas Latreche 13Lu05

Photo © Lucas Latreche, Rafina, 13/07/05 #3027

 

AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 13_Lucas Latreche 13Lu05

Photo © Lucas Latreche, Rafina, 13/07/05 #3029

 

AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 14_Lucas Latreche 13Lu05

Photo © Lucas Latreche, Rafina, 13/07/05 #3030

 

AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 15_Lucas Latreche 12Ag05

Photo © Lucas Latreche, Rafina, 12/08/05 #3031

 

AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 10_Egidio Ferrighi 19Se05

Photo © Egidio Ferrighi, Syros, 19/09/05 #2975

 

AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 1992 19_George Giannakis 20Se05

Photo © George Giannakis, Rafina, 20/09/05 #3328

 

Photo © Antonios Lazaris, Rafina, 05/07/06 #8332

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Tinos, 09/01/07 #5611

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Tinos, 09/01/07 #5612

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Tinos, 09/01/07 #5613

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Tinos, 09/01/07 #5614

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Tinos, 09/01/07 #5618

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, approaching Rafina, 11/08/10 #10096

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, approaching Rafina, 11/08/10 #10097

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Rafina, 11/08/10 #10101

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Rafina, 11/08/10 #10102

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Rafina, 11/08/10 #10105

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Rafina, 11/08/10 #10108

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Rafina, 11/08/10 #10110

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Rafina, 11/08/10 #10112

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Rafina, 11/08/10 #10113

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Rafina, 11/08/10 #10117

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Rafina, 11/08/10 #10118

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Rafina, 04/07/11 #11405

 

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