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MV Rachlyn (Vessel Profile)

Overview

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.

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

Technical data

 Name

MV Rachlyn

Owner

NI Department for Infrastructure (UK Govt.)

Operator

Strangford Lough Ferry Service

Year Completed

1974

In service (Strangford Ferry)

2009

Call sign  
Length overall

10.5m

Capacity (max)

30 passengers

Title image: MV Rachlyn in 2009. © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Additional photographs

The covered passenger seating area on MV Rachlyn. DRD
The covered passenger seating area on MV RACHLYN. DRD
MV RACHLYN (the large vessel, centre) and STRANGFORD moored at Strangford awaiting sale, May 17. © Steven Tarbox
MV RACHLYN (the large vessel, centre) and STRANGFORD moored at Strangford awaiting sale, May 17. © Steven Tarbox

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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