Karina

Ferry built 1946 by Philip & Son, Dartmouth

Designated ensign Designated house flag

1893

Registered


Passenger Vessel

Ferry


Ferry

Douglas


Commercial use

Commercial trade


No

Yes


29/06/2001

07/04/2009


Web site

www.iompleasurecruises.co.uk

Gallery


Propulsion

Engine

Diesel


1972

None


None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

15.00 feet (4.58 metres)


65.00 feet (19.82 metres)

4.00 feet (1.22 metres)


0.00


History

Originally named MAY QUEEN, this vessel was the last passenger ferry built for the Oreston & Turnchapel Steamboat Co., Plymouth, in 1946 by Philip & Sons Ltd., Dartmouth, at their Noss Shipyard on the River Dart. She was constructed of carvel planking on oak frames, her design having its origins in the company's steam ferries of the 1880s. Her maiden voyage was on 27 July 1946 and she worked for eleven years as a Plymouth ferry before being sold in 1957 to the rival firm, Millbrook Steakboat & Trading Co. Ltd, who refurbished her and renamed her EASTERN BELLE.

She worked on the Tamar estuary, with ownership passing to Dart Pleasure Craft in 1980, and thereafter, she also made occasional trips from Dartmouth. In 1985, Dart Pleasure Craft pulled out of Plymouth services, and she was sold to Plymbouth Boat Cruises Ltd, who operated her until 1988. She was sold again to G. H. Ridalls & Sons Ltd, of Dartmouth and renamed TOTNES PRINCESS in March 1989. She ran from Darmouth to Totnes and also made trips out to sea as far as Torquay and Hallsands. She remained in service on the Dart until 1999, when Ridalls sold their fleet to Dart Pleasure Craft, who had by then been purchased by Dart Valley Railway Plc. TOTNES PRINCESS was surplus to the new company's requirements, and in September 2001, she was sold to Laxey Towing Company of Douglas, Isle of Man, for coastal services. They renamed her KARINA after a famous Manx excursion vessel of 1913. She is licensed to carry 100 passengers and offers cruises from Douglas and private charters.

Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors (Amberley, 2010), updated Feb 2011.

Previous names

  1. 1946 – 1958May Queen
  2. 1958 – 1989Eastern Belle
  3. 1989 – 2000Totnes Princess
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

keel bar:

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