MV Lion

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  • 1967-1985: Lion
  • 1985-2002: Baroness M
  • 1986: Portelet
  • 2002: Adinda Lestari 101
  • P&O Ferries Ltd (1975-1985)
  • Burns & Laird (1967-1975)
  • 1978-85: P&O-house flag.svg P&O Ferries
  • 1985: Townsend Thoresen
  • 1985-97: Thenamaris Shipping
  • 1997-2004: Equester Shipping
Port of registry: Glasgow
Route: Ardrossan-Belfast (1968-1976)
Builder: Cammell Laird
Yard number: 1326
Launched: 8 August 1967
Completed: 23 May 1967
In service: 3 January 1968
Out of service: 12 February 1976
Identification:IMO number6723654[1]
Fate: scrapped 2004
General characteristics
Tonnage: 3,333 GT
Length: 110.1 m (361.2 ft)
Beam: 17.1 m (56.1 ft)
Draught: 4.3 m (14.1 ft)
Installed power: 2x 12-cylinder Crossley diesel; 7722 kW.
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph)
Capacity: 1200 passengers; 170 cars; 40 commercials
Notes: [2]

MV Lion was a passenger ferry operated by P&O Ferries across the Irish Sea between 1968 and 1976, and across the English Channel until 1986.


Three new car ferries were delivered to Coast Lines in 1966/67 to update the Irish Sea services. The third of these, Lion took over the Ardrossan - Belfast day service of Burns & Laird. She entered service on 3 January 1968. Two weeks later, she was damaged in a storm and was out of service for two weeks.

In 1971, Coast Lines were taken over by P&O. The service transferred to Larne in 1975 and ended in 1976 when Lion transferred to Southern Ferries Ltd and left for Le Havre.[2]

Lion was sold to European Ferries (Townsend Thoresen) in 1985, and then to Thenamaris Shipping for service in the Mediterranean. In 1987 and 1988, she was renamed Portelet for charters to British Channel Island Ferries; between charters, she was laid up in Weymouth.

On 24 February 1990, between Larneca and Greece, she came under fire from a gun-boat and was withdrawn for repairs.[2] In 1997, she was sold to Equester Shipping, Kingstown, Saint Vincent & Grenadine. and left for service in Indonesia.

In March 2004, she was sold for scrapping, arriving at Chittagong Roads, Bangladesh for breaking.


She was rebuilt in 1976 (with a bow visor) and in 1985.[2]



  1. ^ "Lion - IMO 6723654". Shipspotting. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "MV Lion - Past and Present". Dover Ferry Photos Group. Retrieved 18 August 2018.