Stena Galloway at sea in Stena Line colours. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

Former NI ferries of Stena Line

Stena Line

In 1996 the Sealink brand disappeared from the UK ferry scene altogether following the decision by Stena Line to operate their UK services under the Stena Line brand without reference to Sealink.  In order to better organise these galleries, ships which are photographed in service for either Sealink Stena Line or Stena Sealink Line livery have their own page here.

(Title image: Stena Galloway at sea in Stena Line colours.  Copyright © Scott Mackey.)

HSS Stena Voyager Belfast to Stranraer ferry at speed.
HSS Stena Voyager. As the fastest of the “fast craft” which have served Northern Ireland, this was a view the competition was used to seeing! Along with her 2 sisters, Stena Voyager was (and remains) the largest car carrying catamaran in the world.  Apart from short periods away for maintenance or to cover the refits of other HSS vessels, HSS Stena Voyager operated between Belfast and Stranraer between 1996 and 2011.  Between November 2011 and May 2013 she was laid up at her Belfast berth having been replaced by Stena Superfast VII and VIII.  She was towed to Landskrona in Sweden for recycling by Stena Recycling, a sister company of Stena Line, having failed to attract any buyers.  Copyright © Scott Mackey

 

Stena's HSS Stena Voyager arriving in Belfast back in 1997. Copyright © Alan Geddes.
Stena’s HSS Stena Voyager arriving in Belfast back in 1997. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

 

Stena Caledonia and HSS Stena Voyager together in Belfast.
Stena Caledonia and HSS Stena Voyager together in Belfast. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

HSS Stena Voyager and one of the Stena Superfast's which replaced her at Belfast. Copyright © Gary Andrews.
The withdrawn HSS Stena Voyager and one of the Stena Superfast’s which replaced her at Belfast. Copyright © Gary Andrews.

 

Stena Voyager, pictured on her Belfast berth from the adjacent terminal. Copyright © Neal Finlay.
Stena Voyager, pictured on her Belfast berth from the adjacent terminal. Copyright © Neal Finlay.

 

HSS Stena Voyager pictured laid up at her berth at Belfast Victoria Terminal 4 and awaiting her fate. Unfortunately that fate was to be the cutters torch in Sweden. Copyright © Neal Finlay.
Stena Line’s once groundbreaking HSS Stena Voyager pictured laid up at her berth at Belfast Victoria Terminal 4 and awaiting her fate in 2012. Unfortunately that fate was to be the cutters torch in Sweden. Copyright © Neal Finlay.

 

Stena Line fleet mates HSS Stena Voyager and Stena Navigator meet in Loch Ryan. Photograph Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Stena Line fleet mates HSS Stena Voyager and Stena Navigator meet in Loch Ryan. Photograph Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

Stena Navigator. Photograph Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Stena Navigator. Brought in to assist Stena Caledonia in place of HSS Stena Voyager, Stena Navigator had operated for Stena before as the Newhaven – Dieppe ferry Stena Parisien (previously Champs Elysees). When Stena pulled out of the route she passed to Seafrance who operated her between Dover – Calais as Seafrance Manet. When she was replaced herself, she laid unwanted at Dunkirk for some time, before Stena Line identified her as one of few ships which where suitable for their North Channel service and could fit the facilities in Stranraer. A comprehensive refit and overhaul followed before she was renamed and entered service for Stena for a second time. She was replaced by the introduction of Stena Superfast VII and VIII and later sold to Balaeria. Despite being built in 1984, she continues in daily passenger service for Balaeria at the time of writing. Photograph Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

Stena Navigator arriving in Belfast. Copyright © Alan Geddes.
Stena Navigator arriving in Belfast. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

 

Stena Caledonia goes astern in Belfast. Copyright © Alan Geddes.
Stena Caledonia goes astern in Belfast. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

 

Stena Antrim at the lay-by berth in Belfast. When the HSS was introduced in 1996, Stena Antrim was retained as backup vessel. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Stena Antrim at the lay-by berth in Belfast. When the HSS was introduced in 1996, Stena Antrim was retained as backup vessel. Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

Stena Galloway at sea in Stena Line colours. Copyright © Scott Mackey.
Stena Galloway at sea in Stena Line colours. Stena Galloway was the first of the 4 vessels built for Sealink by Harland and Wolff and was ordered specifically for the Stranraer route.  Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

Stena Galloway in the final livery she operated from NI in. Copyright © Alan Geddes.
Stena Galloway in her final livery. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

 

HSS Voyager and Hoverspeed Great Britain (at the ship repair quay in Belfast). Photograph Copyright © Scott Mackey.
HSS Voyager and Hoverspeed Great Britain (at the ship repair quay in Belfast). Photograph Copyright © Scott Mackey.

 

Stena Galloway departs Belfast with Stena Caledonia in the background.  Taken on June 16th 1999.  Copyright © Alan Geddes.
Stena Galloway departs Belfast with Stena Caledonia in the background. Taken on June 16th 1999. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

 

Stena Caledonia is pictured here laid up and awaiting sale, rather appropriately in front of the Harland and Wolff building dock. She was the last ship built at the firms Musgrave Yard - the slipway from which she was launched was located just behind where she is laid up in this picture. Copyright © Neil Finlay
Stena Caledonia is pictured here laid up and awaiting sale, rather appropriately in front of the Harland and Wolff building dock. She was the last ship built at the firms Musgrave Yard – the slipway from which she was launched was located just behind where she is laid up in this picture. Copyright © 2012 Neil Finlay
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