MV Rachlyn

MV Rachlyn


MV Rachlyn was acquired at a cost of £50,000* for the Strangford ferry service in 2009 to act as a backup passenger only vessel in the event that the normal car carrying vessels Portaferry II and MV Strangford and were both out of service.  Prior to joining the Strangford service, MV Rachlyn operated as an excursion vessel based in Bangor marketed as “the Bangor Boat” (click here to visit their site).  MV Rachlyn replaced the previous passenger only vessel Isle O’Valla.

* according to the answer to a question asked in the NI assembly and in the public record.

Technical data


MV Rachlyn


NI Department for Infrastructure (UK Govt.)


Strangford Lough Ferry Service

Year Completed


In service (Strangford Ferry)


Call sign
Length overall


Capacity (max)

30 passengers

Additional photographs

MV Rachlyn at Strangford in 2009 having been repainted into Strangford Ferry colours. © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence


The covered passenger seating area on MV Rachlyn. DRD
The covered passenger seating area on MV Rachlyn. DRD






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