Njegos / Tregastel

Njegos sparkles in the sunshine as she crosses the Channel.
Photo: © Brian Fisher.

Built in 1971 as Travemünde for service between Gedser and her namesake, this vessel's first appearance on the Channel was as Njegos on charter to Sally Line's Ramsgate/Dunkerque (Ouest) service in 1984. The following year she transferred to Brittany Ferries who employed her as Tregastel, mainly on the Plymouth/Roscoff route. The delivery of the new Bretagne in 1989 saw her available to take over passenger services between Poole and Cherbourg under the brand name of Truckline Ferries. The service was marketed as a cut price 'value for money' alternative. To be blunt, it was the only excuse for the rather tatty conditions found on board.

The jaded Tregastel's last season on 'Insider's Way to France' was in 1991. She was sold to P. & O. Scottish Ferries who spent large sums on renovating her accommodation in preparation for her debut on the Scotland/Northern Isles services as St.Clair. P. & O. lost the franchise to operate the service in 2002 and St. Clair was disposed of to Saudi Arabian interests. She is now known as Barakat.

M. S. Travemünde
Builder: Schiffbau-Gesellschaft Unterweser A. G., Bremerhaven, Germany.
Yard number: 478.
Dimensions (length, breadth, depth): 118.01 x 18.53 x 5.02 metres.
Tonnages (gross, net, dead weight): 3,999, 1,979, 1,524.
Engines: Two M. A. N. diesel.
Power: 13,400 kW.
Speed (knots): 20.75.
Passenger certificate: 1,500.
Car capacity: 370.

9.3.1971: Launched.
19.5.1971: Delivered to Moltzau Line A. S., Gedser, Denmark.
25.5.1971: Entered service Gedser/Travemünde.
31.12.1980: Sold to Prekookanska Plovidba, Bar, Yugoslavia. Renamed Njegos.
3.7.1984: Chartered to Sally Line. Ramsgate/Dunkerque.
6.10.1984: Laid up at Dunkerque.
1.5.1985: Chartered to Brittany Ferries S. A., Roscoff. Renamed Tregastel. Plymouth/Roscoff.
1987: Sold to B. A. I. (Bretagne/Angleterre/Irlande), Roscoff.
18.7.1989: Transferred to Truckline Ferries Poole/Cherbourg.
10.1991: Withdrawn from service.
3.1.1992: Sold to P. & O. Steam Nav. Company, London. Renamed Treg.
4.1.1992: Sent to Lloyd Werft G. M. B. H., Bremerhaven for renovation.
6.3.1991: Transferred to P. & O. Scottish Ferries. Renamed St. Clair. Aberdeen/Lerwick.
1995: Sponsons fitted to comply with S. O. L. A. S. legislation.
1.10.2002: Withdrawn from service following loss of service franchise to Northlink Ferries. Sold to Baaboud Trading & Shipping Agencies, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Renamed Barakat.

Njegos departs from Ramsgate on a late morning sailing for Dunkerque (Ouest) during her charter to Sally Line in 1984.
Photo: © Tony Garner.

A tranquil view of Tregastel resting at Roscoff in Brittany Ferries livery.

Here Tregastel is found entering Poole Harbour during her final years of Channel service.
Photo: © Richard Furnival.

The Viking (II)

The Viking arrives at Ramsgate wearing the 'Sally Viking Line' livery.
Photo: © Tony Garner.

This is a modified version of the ferry known to channel travellers as Tregastel (and previously Njegos). Built by the end of 1974, she was originally named Kalle III and operated for a Danish shipping line. She was chartered to Sally Line in 1983, and unlike Njegos, she was to enjoy a comparatively long spell on the Ramsgate/Dunkerque route. In this role she was the second such named The Viking and lasted until the debut of Sally Star. After a few stints in Baltic waters, she is now owned and operated by the Italian Moby Line as Moby Lally. Like other Moby ships, she has an extraordinary livery featuring cartoon strip characters painted across her hull and superstructure in addition to the ‘MOBY’ logotype in huge proportions.

M. S. Kalle III
Builder: Schichau Unterweser AG, Bremerhaven, Germany.
Yard number: 2,255.
Dimensions (length, breadth, depth): 118.58 x 18.52 x 5.08 metres.
Tonnages (gross, net, dead weight): 4,655, 2,273, 1,489.
Engines: Two 12 cylinder, M. A. N. diesel.
Power: 13,400 kW.
Speed (knots): 20.
Passenger certificate: 1,200.
Car capacity: 330.

28.9.1974: Launched.
18.12.1974: Delivered to Jydsk Færgefart A. S., Juelsminde, Denmark.
1981: Sold to K. S. Difko, Juelsminde, Denmark.
6.1983: Chartered to Rederi A. B. Sally, Mariehamn, Finland. Renamed The Viking.
17.7.1983: Sally Line Ramsgate/Dunkerque.
3.1989: Sent to Lloyd Werft, Bremerhaven, Germany for extension to passenger accommodation.
5.1989: Chartered to Vasabåtarna, Vasa, Finland. Renamed Wasa Prince.
5.1991: Chartered to Bornholmstrafikken, Rönne. Renamed Peder Olsen.
29.10.1999: Laid up at Rönne.
3.1.2000: Sold to Nav. Archipelago Maddalenino S. P. A., Naples, Italy (Moby Lines). Renamed Moby Lally.

The Viking is captured on a murky day at Ramsgate sporting the revised 'Sally Line' brand along her hull (the 'Viking Line' tag had been dropped).
Photo: © Ted Ingham.