Lion Ferry

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Lion Ferry Ab
Fate Rebranded as Stena Line
Founded 1959
Defunct 1998
Headquarters Halmstad, Sweden
Area served
Kattegat
Services Passenger transportation
Freight transportation
Parent 1959 - 1985: Bonnier Group[1]
1985 - 1998: Stena Line
Lion Prince, a ferry of Lion Ferry in Sweden

Lion Ferry was a Swedish ferry company which operated passenger and freight ferry services in Scandinavia and North America.

History[edit]

In 1960 The Prins Bertil enters service between Halmstad and Aarhus. Lion Ferry acquired Norwegian ferry operator Europafergen in 1965. It commenced the Portland - Yarmouth route operated by the Prince of Fundy in 1970 and closed in 1976. In 1973 it started a joint venture with Irish Shipping to form Irish Continental Line. Lion Ferry AB acquired by Stena Line in 1985. Lion Ferry commences Karlskrona - Gdynia route in 1995.

In 1997 Lion Ferry services were rebranded as Stena Line.

Routes[edit]

Lion Ferry operated various routes during its 39 years in operation.

Fleet[edit]

Lion Ferry operated many vessels during its time in operation.

Name Built In service Tonnage Note
MS Prins Bertil 1960 1960 - 1964 2355 GRT Chartered 1964 to Red AB Nordö as M/S Calmar Nyckel, sold 1965 to Red AB Nordö.
MS Prins Bertil 1964 1964 - 1966 3,625 GRT Sold to Canadian National in 1966, Renamed Leif Eirikson.
MS Varberg 1940 1964 - 1966 1,217 GRT
MS Europafergen 1960 1965 - 1978 2,209 GRT
MS Gustav Vasa 1965 1965 - 1971 3,801 GRT Broken up in 2004.
MS Kronprins Carl Gustaf 1966 1966 - 1971 3,801 GRT
MS Prins Hamlet 1966 1966 - 1969 8,687 GRT Broken up in 2002
MS Europafärjan II 1964 1970 - 1976 2,498 GRT
MS Prins Oberon 1970 1970 - 1978 7,993 GRT Casino ship Ambassador II in Florida
MS Prince of Fundy 1970 1970 - 1978 5,464 GRT Broken up in 2005
MS Gustav Vasa 1973 1973 - 1983 7,457 GRT Converted to book ship Logos Hope
MS Svealand 1973 1973 - 1982 5,159 GRT Currently operating in the Adriatic as the Seatrade
MS Europafärjan III 1974 1974 - 1983 4,774 GRT Currently operating for Corsica Ferries as the Corsica Serena Seconda
MS Europafärjan
MS Europafärjan II
MS Lion Princess
1971 1983 - 1985
1985 - 1987
1987 - 1994
8,772 GRT Currently operating for Color Line as Bohus
MS Lion Queen 1967 1988 - 1989
1994 - 1997
14,193 GRT Operates as a cruise ship in Singapore[2]
MS Europafärjan I
MS Lion Prince
1969 1985 - 1987
1987 - 1997
5,679 GRT
MS Lion King
MS Lion King II
1986 1995 - 1996
1996
11,763 GRT Still in service on the Varberg - Grenå route as the Stena Nautica
MS Lion King 1979 1996 - 1997 10,604 GRT
MS Lion Europe 1981 1997 14,378 GRT In service with Stena Line as Stena Europe

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