Viking 2 / Sally Sky / Eurotraveller / Larkspur
This vessel was originally built as Gedser in 1976 to run on a Baltic service between her namesake and Travemunde in Germany. She made her debut on the Channel when she was acquired by Sally line and renamed Viking 2 for their Ramsgate/Dunkerque (Ouest) route. In 1988 she was renamed Sally Sky and two years later was lengthened in order to bring her closer in line with the larger Sally Star. After the removal of the latter in 1997, Sally Sky continued to operate from Ramsgate but under the name of Eurotraveller. She switched to the Ramsgate/Oostende route under the banner of Holyman Sally Ferries. This joint operation was abandoned in 1998, with Holyman transferring their catamarans to Dover in conjunction with Hoverspeed. Meanwhile Sally Line ceased trading and Eurotraveller was later acquired by TransEuropa Ferries. She is now known as Larkspur and has been beautifully renovated in recent years. Latterly she has been carrying tourist traffic in addition to freight and is very much to be recommended for those seeking a quiet crossing in comfortable surroundings. Despite her grand age, she remains a much liked vessel within TransEuropa's fleet.
M. S. Gedser
Builder: Schichau-Unterweser AG, Bremerhaven, Germany.
Yard number: 2,269.
Dimensions (length, breadth, depth): 123.04 x 20.54 x 5.82 metres. After lengthening: 143.8 x 20.54 x 5.82 metres.
Tonnages (gross, net, dead weight): 4,998, 1,728, 2,342. After lengthening: 14,558, 7,196, 4,150.
Engines: Two 9 cylinder, Stork-Werkspoor diesel.
Power: 12,000 kW.
Speed (knots): 18.5.
Passenger certificate: 1,155.
Car capacity: 325.
18.12.1976: Delivered to Gedser-Travemünde Ruten A. S.v
17.2.1986: Sold to Thorsviks Rederi A. S., Oslo, Norway. Renamed Viking 2.
25.4.1986: Chartered to Sally Line U.K. Ramsgate/Dunkerque.
12.1988: Sold to Johnson Line A. B., Nassau, Bahamas. Renamed Sally Sky. Bareboat chartered to Sally Line.
19.1.1990: Sent to Humber Ship Repair, Immingham, for lengthening by 20.4 metres.
13.3.1997: Transferred to Holyman Sally Ferries between Oostende/Ramsgate. Renamed Eurotraveller.
20.11.1998: Service folded. Laid up at Dunkerque.
10.1999: Sold to Trans-Europa Shipping Lines (Registered for Forsythia Maritime Company Limited, Nassau, Bahamas). Renamed Larkspur.
27.8.2000: Returned to service. Oostende/Ramsgate.
By the time this photo of Larkspur was taken she was in her thirty-fourth year of operation and the oldest Cross-Channel ferry in service.