Rozel approaches Poole Harbour on an early evening arrival from the Channel Islands.
Photo: © Brian Fisher.

This vessel was originally built for Sealink in 1974 as St. Edmund for their Harwich/Hoek Van Holland crossing. She featured the unusual funnel that was a hallmark of Sealink ship design in the early 1970's. Her career on the North Sea ended after nine years when St. Nicholas was delivered. St. Edmund made her Channel debut in 1989 on charter to British Channel Island Ferries. She was renamed Rozel and replaced the smaller Corbiére on the company's newly established Poole/St. Peter Port (Guernsey)/St. Helier (Jersey) services.

Although a success in view of her larger vehicle and passenger capacity (she was the largest car ferry to ever serve the Channel Islands), Rozel was to prove expensive to charter. B. C. I. F.'s fortunes were ailing in the early 1990's and the company opted to return Rozel to her owners and replace her with the less costly Beauport. Some would argue the departure of Rozel was to seal the demise of B. C. I. F.. However, it was the emergence of fast ferries operated by a competitor that really dealt the company a fatal blow: It stubbornly persisted with a purely conventional ferry service when the public developed an appetite for the quicker alternative. She is now trading in warmer waters as Scirrocco.

M. S. St. Edmund
Builder: Camel Laird Shipbuilders Limited, Birkenhead.
Yard number: 1,361.
Dimensions (length, breadth, depth): 119.51 x 22.64 x 5.2 metres.
Tonnages (gross, net, dead weight): 8,987, 4,697, 1,830.
Engines: Four 8 cylinder, Stork Werkspoor diesel.
Power: 20,400 kW.
Speed (knots): 21.
Passenger certificate: 1,400.
Car capacity: 296.

14.11.1973: Launched.
1.1975: Delivered to Passtruck (Shipping) Company Limited, London.
19.1.1975: Entered service between Harwich/Hoek Van Holland.
12.5.1982: Requisitioned by the Royal Navy to operate as a hotel ship at Port Stanley during the Falklands dispute.
28.1.1983: Sold to Ministry of Defence. Renamed H. M. S. Keren.
1.1986: Sold to Cenargo Navigation Limited, Nassau, Bahamas. Renamed Scirocco. Laid up at Southampton.
18.6.1986: Chartered to Tirrenia di Navigazione, Italy.
1987: Chartered to Compagnie Marocaine de Navigation (COMANAV), Morocco.
21.2.1989: Chartered to British Channel Island Ferries. Renamed Rozel. Poole/St. Peter Port (Guernsey)/St. Helier (Jersey).
18.1.1992: Charter expired. Renamed Scirocco. Chartered to Cia. Trasmediterranea, Spain.
15.11.1994: Entered service for FerriMaroc.