This elegant looking ferry was built in 1975 as Nils Dacke for service between Malmo, Sweden and Travemunde, Germany. She was chartered to Brittany Ferries in 1982 and was then purchased a couple of years later. Her port of registry became Morlaix and she was given the name of Quiberon. Initially she served their long haul route to Spain, but the delivery in 1989 of Bretagne saw her relegated to the seasonal Plymouth/Roscoff sailings. She is seen here performing winter relief cover on the Portsmouth/St. Malo service in February 1999. Notice her distinctive tall funnel and orange lifeboats.
Quiberon hit international headlines in the summer of 1992 when she suffered a serious engine room fire in the middle of the Channel. There was one loss of life. Numerous injured were brought ashore by helicopter for medical treatment. The stricken vessel was towed to Roscoff to enable the remaining passengers to disembark.
She performed her last sailings for Brittany Ferries on the Portsmouth/Ouistreham (near Caen) route. Her spell on this route lasted much longer than anticipated due to the late delivery of Mont St. Michel in December 2002. There were certainly plenty of grumbles from those booked to travel on the new ‘superferry’ when they were forced to accept the jaded old Quiberon: Her interiors looked tired and cabin facilities were also the subject of criticism, lacking modern creature comforts such as air conditioning. She was sold to an Italian concern after twenty faithful years of service for the company.
M. S. Nils Dacke
Builder: Werft Nobiskrug G. M. B. H., Rendsburg, Germany.
Yard number: 684.
Dimensions (length, breadth, depth): 129.01 x 21.06 x 4.92 metres.
Tonnages (gross, net, dead weight): 7,927, 4,230, 1,700.
Engines: Four 6 cylinder, Stork Werkspoor diesel.
Power: 16,000 kW.
Speed (knots): 22.
Passenger certificate: 1,140.
Car capacity: 252.
26.6.1975: Delivered to Svelast A. B., Stockholm. Chartered to Rederi A. B. Öresund, Malmö.
1.1.1980: Transferred to T. T. Saga Line.
1.5.1982: Chartered to Brittany Ferries. Renamed Quiberon. Sent to Jos. L. Meyer Werft, Papenburg for renovation. Entered service Plymouth/Santander and Roscoff/Cork.
12.1984: Sold to Brittany Ferries S. A.
1989: Transferred to Roscoff/Plymouth.
17.7.1992: Suffered engine room fire between Plymouth/Roscoff. Repaired at Brest.
10.7.2002: Transferred to Ouistreham (near Caen)/Portsmouth.
11.2002: Sold to Linee Lauro, Italy.
20.12.2002: Withdrawn from service. Laid up at Ouistreham (near Caen).