Sally Line

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Sally Line
Industry Passenger transportation
Fate Acquired by Holyman
Successor Holyman Sally Ferries
Founded 1981
Defunct 1997
Headquarters Ramsgate, United Kingdom
Area served
English Channel
Parent Rederi Ab Sally

Sally Line UK (sometimes referred to as Sally Ferries UK) was a British ferry operator on the English Channel and North Sea.


Sally Line was founded in 1981[1] by Michael Kingshott[citation needed] as a subsidiary of the Finland-based Rederi Ab Sally,[1] and initially marketed as Sally Viking Line, with a livery that was nearly identical with that of Viking Line, a Baltic Sea ferry consortium that Sally was a member of. The naming scheme of Sally's Viking Line ships was also carried over to the UK operations, with ships named either The Viking or Viking [number].[2] In 1987 Rederi Ab Sally, including the Sally Line UK operations, was sold to Effoa and Johnson Line,[3] Sally's Baltic Sea rivals and owners of Silja Line. As a result of the change of ownership, a new Sally Line UK livery was adopted in 1988 and the company's ships were renamed with a Sally-prefix.[2] Sally Line UK operated the Holyman Sally Line service from Port of Ramsgate to Ostend from 1993 to 1998, but this became no longer viable Holyman became partners with Hoverspeed and moved the service to Dover.[citation needed] In the mid-90s Sally Line adapted a new livery and a logo similar to that of Silja Line,[2] but this proved short-lived as the company ceased operations in 1998.[1]


Ship Years in service Tonnage Notes Status as of 2008
MS The Viking 1981—1983 5,286 GRT Since 1988 MS Boughaz for COMARIT.
MS Viking 6
MS Sun Express
1982, 1985—1986
5,073 GRT Chartered Scrapped 2001 at Aliağa, Turkey.
MS The Viking
MS Wasa Prince
4,655 GRT Chartered. Since 2000 MS Moby Lally for Moby Lines.
MS Viking 3 1983—1984 4,299 GRT Since 2007 MS Ionian Spirit for Agoudimos Lines.
MS Viking 2
MS Sally Sky
MS Eurotraveller
4,998 GRT (until 1990)
14,558 GRT (1990 onwards)
Chartered Since 1999 MS Larkspur for TransEuropa Ferries.
MS Sally Star 1988—1997 9,120 GRT Chartered Since 2007 MS Rostock for Scandlines.
MS Botnia Express 1989 4,152 GRT Chartered Since 2006 MS Jamaa II for Bayway Shipping Co.
MS Batzias 3
MS Sally Euroroute
9,000 GRT Chartered Since 2006 MS Phocine for Cobelfret Ferries.
MS Batzias 4
MS Sally Eurolink
9,082 GRT Chartered Since 2006 MS Cervine.
MS Sally Sun 1992—1995 6,643 GRT Chartered Since 1998 MS Gute for Rederi AB Gotland.
MS Sally Eurobridge 1994 6,041 GRT Chartered Grounded 2008 as MS Riverdance, subsequently scrapped.
MS Sally Euroway
MS Euroway
9,079 GRT Chartered Since 2007 MS Ammari for Ustica Lines.



  1. ^ a b c Asklander, Micke. "Sally Line". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Boyle, Ian. "Sally Line UK". Simplon Postcards. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  3. ^ Asklander, Micke. "Rederi Ab Sally". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 


  • Breeze, Geoffrey (1990). Sally Ferries. Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire: Ferry Publications. ISBN 1871947022. 
  • Breeze, Geoffrey; Cowsill, Miles; Hendy, John (2001). Sally Line: the complete story. Ramsey, Isle of Man: Ferry Publications. ISBN 1871947642.