MS Baltic Ferry

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  • Pavilion (2011)[1]
  • Diplomat (2005-2011)
  • European Diplomat (2001-2005)
  • Pride of Suffolk (1992-2001)
  • Baltic Ferry (1980-1992)
  • Stena Transporter (1980)
  • Finnrose (1979-1980)
  • Stena Transporter (1978-1979)[2]
Port of registry: Hamilton,  Bermuda [2]
Builder: Hyundai H.I., Ulsan, South Korea [2]
Yard number: 652 [2]
Launched: 1978 [2]
Identification:IMO number7528661 [2]
Status: Sold for Scrap
General characteristics
Tonnage: 18,732 GT [2]
Length: 151.01 m [2]
Beam: 21.67 m [2]
Draught: 7.32 m [2]
Propulsion: Pielstick [2]
Speed: 18 knots [2]

MS Baltic Ferry was built in 1978 by South Korean-based Hyundai H.I. for Stena Lines who had intended her, and 10 sister ships to be used for charter or sale to other operators.[3] She was chartered by Townsend Thoresen in 1980, staying with them and their successor P&O Ferries and P&O Irish Sea until 2005.[2] In 1982 the Ministry of Defence requisitioned the vessel to transport troops to the Falkland Islands.

In July 2011 the ship was renamed Pavilion for her final journey to India for breaking.

Falklands War[edit]

In 1982, three vessels operated by European Ferries were requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence to assist with the Falklands Campaign.[4] The three vessels were Europic Ferry,[5] Nordic Ferry,[6] and Baltic Ferry.[7] The Baltic Ferry entered the Falkland Islands Exclusion zone on 25 May 1982,[8] she had been equipped with a helipad and carried three Army helicopters, 105 troops, and 1,874 tons of stores and ammunition to Ajax Bay on 1 June 1982.[4][7] After the Falklands war , the vessel was moored in the inner harbour and used as a supply ship. Falkland Islands logistic battalion ( FILOG ) for operations on the island.

For a list of other ships requisitioned for MoD use see British naval forces in the Falklands War

Sister Ships[edit]


  1. ^ "M/F Pavilion". Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "M/F Diplomat". Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  3. ^ "MS Baltic Ferry". Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  4. ^ a b Baker(June 1983)pp.111-118
  5. ^ Villar(1984)pp.44&172
  6. ^ Villar(1984)p.173
  7. ^ a b Villar(1984)pp.43&173
  8. ^ "Falklands - RFA". Retrieved 19 June 2010.