Armorique (I)

Armorique is seen making an early morning arrival off Portsmouth, displaying a streamlined profile evocative of a modern ocean going yacht.
Photo: © Brian Fisher.

This beautiful vessel was originally constructed in 1972 for Baltic Sea service as Terje Vigen. She was acquired by Brittany Ferries four years later for their new Portsmouth/St. Malo crossing. Renamed Armorique she went on to launch the Plymouth/Santander service in 1981 and subsequently the company's link between Cork in Ireland and Roscoff. She even had a stint on the opening season of the Portsmouth/Ouistreham (near Caen) link in 1986. Very much the 'trojan horse' of the fleet.

She had six more years operating between Portsmouth and St. Malo in the company of Prince of Brittany, then Duchesse Anne. She was then sold in 1992 to make way for Bretagne (which effectively reduced the route to a one ship service). Having once been a useful pioneering vessel for Brittany Ferries, she was no longer economical to operate in view of her small capacity for passengers and vehicles. She was sold on to a Chinese concern.

M. S. Terje Vigen
Builder: Soc, Nouvelle des Ateliers & Chantiers du Havre, Le Havre.
Yard number: 205.
Dimensions (length, breadth, depth): 116.62 x 19.23 x 4.33 metres.
Tonnages (gross, net, dead weight): 5,731, 3,036, 1,168.
Engines: Two 12 cylinder Pielstick diesel.
Power: 12,000 kW.
Speed (knots): 20.
Passenger certificate: 700.
Car capacity: 170.

24.4.1971: Launched.
13.5.1972: Delivered to DA-NO Linien, Oslo, Norway.
1973: Sold to Skan-Fahrt K. G., Hamburg, Germany. Chartered to DA-NO Linien.
5.1975: Laid up at Århus.
1975: Sold to Brittany Ferries, Morlaix for delivery in 1976.
3.1976: Renamed Armorique.
4.3.1976: Entered service Roscoff/Plymouth.
8.4.1976: Opened service between St. Malo/Plymouth.
7.5.1976: Opened service between St. Malo/Portsmouth.
17.4.1978: Opened service between Plymouth/Santander and Roscoff/Cork.
2.5.1982: St. Malo/Portsmouth.
25.3.1986: Chartered to S. M. Z. Hoek van Holland/Harwich.
5.1986: Ouistreham (near Caen)/Portsmouth.
6.1986: St. Malo/Portsmouth.
28.9.1989: Chartered to British Channel Island Ferries. Poole/St. Peter Port (Guernsey)/St. Helier (Jersey).
3.1.1990: St. Malo/Portsmouth.
6.1.1992: Ouistreham(near Caen)/Portsmouth.
20.5.1992: St. Malo/Portsmouth.
21.2.1993: Laid up at Cherbourg.
18.12.1993: Sold to Xiamen Ocean Shipping Company, Xiamen. Renamed Min Nan.
1998: Sold to Weihai Ferry Company, Weihai, Kina, Renamed Sheng Sheng.