MV Cambria (1949)

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  • 1949-1976: MV Cambria
  • 1976-1980: Altaif
  • 1980-1981: Al Taif
Port of registry: United Kingdom
Route: 1949-1976: Holyhead - Dún Laoghaire
Builder: Harland and Wolff, Belfast
Yard number: 1368
Launched: 1948
Maiden voyage: 1949
Identification: IMO number: 5059020
General characteristics
Tonnage: 4,972 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 379.5 ft (115.7 m)
Beam: 54.2 ft (16.5 m)
Draught: 27.5 ft (8.4 m)
Speed: 15 knots

MV Cambria was a twin screw motor vessel operated by the British Transport Commission from 1948 to 1962 and British Rail from 1962 to 1976.[1]


She was built by Harland and Wolff of Belfast, launched in 1948 for the British Transport Commission and started service in 1949. She replaced a 1920 vessel of the same name, the twin screw steamer Cambria.

In 1951 she was fitted with Denny-Brown stabilisers. In 1964–65 they were refurbished with airline style seating. Some cabins and staterooms were removed and replaced with second-class lounges, and a cafeteria. The screened areas were extended to provide further covered seating, and the first and second class smokerooms were converted into a tea lounge.

She was sold in 1976 to the Orri Navigation Company in Saudi Arabia and became the Altaif.[2]


  1. ^ Railway and Other Steamers, Duckworth. 1962
  2. ^ Sea breezes: the ship lovers' digest: Volume 50. Pacific Steam Navigation Company. 1976