MV Hibernia (1949)

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  • 1949-1976: MV Hibernia
  • 1976-1980: Express Apollon
Port of registry: United Kingdom
Route: 1949-1976: Holyhead - Dún Laoghaire
Builder: Harland and Wolff, Belfast
Yard number: 1367
Launched: 1948
Maiden voyage: 14 April 1949
Out of service: 1980
Identification: IMO number: 5150111
Fate: Scrapped in India
General characteristics
Tonnage: 4,972 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 379.5 ft (115.7 m)
Beam: 54.2 ft (16.5 m)
Draught: 28 ft (8.5 m)

MV Hibernia 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 Hibernia.

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 Agapitos Brothers in Greece and became the Express ApollonBue never traded in Greece. She remained laid-up at Salamina, and was sold to Indian breakers in 1980. She arrived in Darukhana, India in 1980 for scrapping by Ankom Solid Steel Traders, and had been demolished by 1981.


  1. ^ Railway and Other Steamers, Duckworth. 1962