Foyle Venture (Scot (Bowling) #455)

Foyle Venture

Overview

Foyle Venture operated the seasonal service between Magilligan point and Greencastle (Co. Donegal) in the Republic of Ireland until October 4th, 2015.  She had been sold to Frazer Ferries, whom it is understood intended to operate her on a now delayed new service across Carlingford Lough between Grenore (Co. Louth) and Greencastle (Co. Down).  However, Frazer Ferries later won the right to operate the Magilligan Point to Greencastle service for 3 years (with an option for a further 4) and so Foyle Venture returned to that service for the 2016 season.  Frazer Ferries are based in Limerick, and also operate the “Passage East” ferry service which connects Waterford City with the Hook Peninsula in Wexford using FBD Tintern.  As of mid-December 2016, Foyle Venture has  been laid up in Wexford City.

Title image: Foyle Venture leaves Magilligan in 2007.  Copyright © Ross McDonald.

Foyle Venture rests at Bangor enroute to Lough Foyle during March 2008, whilst returning from refit in Dublin. Copyright © Ross McDonald.
Foyle Venture rests at Bangor enroute to Lough Foyle during March 2008, whilst returning from refit in Dublin. Copyright © Ross McDonald.

Technical Data

 

Foyle Venture

IMO Number

7800033

Building Yard

Scot and Sons (Bowling) Ltd, Glasgow, UK

Yard number

455

Launched

20th June 1978

Completed

December 1978

Previous operators

Shannon Ferry Company (as Shannon Willow) 1978-2000

Lough Foyle Ferry Company Ltd (until 2015)

Owner

Frazer Ferries

Operator

Frazer Ferries (Trading as Lough Foyle Ferry)

Year Completed

1978

In service (Lough Foyle FC)

2003

Call sign

EI7199

Length overall

60m

Beam

13m

Draft

1.5m

Gross Tonnage

325

Deadweight

240

Machinery

?

Power(Max/Pme  @ 75%)

?

Operational speed

10kts

Capacity (max)

300 passengers and 44 cars

Vehicle decks

Single deck accessed by a ramp at either end.  Double-ended ferry.

Flag

Ireland

 

Additional photographs

Foyle Venture crosses from Greencastle to Magilligan on a sunny morning © Steven Tarbox

 

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