MV Karina in Douglas Harbour
|Builder:||Philip and Son, Dartmouth, Devon|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs C.C. Elford|
|Status:||Operating on circular cruises from Douglas, Isle of Man|
|Type:||Single-Screw Motor Vessel|
|Length:||65 ft (20 m) LOA|
|Beam:||15 ft (4.6 m)|
|Draught:||4 ft (1.2 m)|
The MV Karina is a single screw passenger vessel, operating from Douglas, Isle of Man for the Laxey Towing Company. She operates on a selection of cruises along the Manx coast. She is registered on the National Register of Historic Vessels, certificate number 1893.
It was built in 1946 by Philip and Son of Dartmouth, Devon, UK as the MV May Queen for the Oreston and Turnchapel Steamboat Co (OTSC). She was occasionally used on their ferry route from Plymouth to Oreston via Turnchapel, but mainly on cruises on the River Tamar. In 1957 the OTSC was wound up, and she was sold to the Millbrook Steamboat & Trading Co Ltd for £3,500, was renamed the MV Eastern Belle and was used on similar excursions, as well as a relief boat on the Cremyll Ferry. She remained with the Millbrook Company after it was taken over by Dart Pleasure Craft Ltd, though she was occasionally used on the River Dart services from Dartmouth. In 1985 Dart Pleasure Craft withdrew from the Plymouth area, and MV Eastern Belle was sold to Plymouth Boat Cruises, for whom she operated for the next 3 years.
In 1988 she was sold to G.H. Riddalls and Sons of Dartmouth, renamed MV Totnes Princess and painted in their 'Red Cruisers' colours of red hull and white superstructure. She operated on all of their River Dart services, including the Dartmouth to Totnes route and circular cruises from Dartmouth. in 2000 the Riddalls operation was bought by Dart Pleasure Craft, and MV Totnes Princess was laid up in Old Mill Creek, near Dartmouth. She remained in Red Cruisers colours, and did not operate for Dart Pleasure Craft. In 2001 she was bought by the Laxey Towing Company of the Isle of Man, renamed MV Karina and now operates for them out of Douglas. Under the command of renowned local shipping Master, Captain Stephen Carter, the MV Karina's primary operation is that of providing pleasure cruises for visitors. However, she is also available for private functions and charters.
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- National Register of Historic Vessels. http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/ships_register.php?action=ship&id=1893, Referred 2009
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