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St HELEN - Yard No 535 - Passenger Vehicle Ferry - Wightlink - Built 1983



The good news is that this fine old ship is not yet ready for the scrap yard and after her lay up period when

she will be prepared and re-painted into her new owners colours, she will then be ready to take up her

new role in somewhat warmer waters.

St Helen departed Portsmouth for the final time at approximately07:50am yesterday morning April 17th 2015 bound for lay-up in Hythe.

This is exactly what was done with St Catherine as well.

She will sit here and await the arrival of Delcomar who will then do her up, give her the Delcomar livery and her new name then take her to Italy.

With the Catherine this took several weeks.

During low tide she sits with her bottom in the mud with skegs and Voith units clear of the water.


 Lay-up in Hythe at low tide
(photo by Doug Coulson)

This is another photograph by Doug Coulson and shows her skeg and voith units sitting on the mud at the quayside at Hythe at low tide.

I myself lofted and developed out her skegs (along with her full size lines) so they should be fine while she is at rest awaiting her new look from Delcomar.

The ST HELEN has now been taken over by Delcomar and will soon be plying her trade in the warmer waters around the Island of Sardinia same as her sister ship the ST CATHERINE (GB CONTE) AND THE ST HELEN  now has a new name she is now named at the ANNA MUR and will be in Delcomar colours while continuing her work in Sardinia.

The following photographs exclusive to the Leith Shipyards website are shown below with the permission of Anni.





ANNA MUR ex ST HELEN now working in the sunshine with her sister ship the ex ST CATHERINE

19TH March 2016 Delcomar held an official inauguration ceremony for the Anna Mur (St Helen) in the port of Carloforte.

From the Sardinian news reports I've seen I can see that the ship was blessed and speeches were given to a large number of people who were gathered onboard.

Speeches were given by Franco Del Giudice (the boss of Delcomar) and the Mayor of Carloforte.

Delcomar have recently won the routes of Carloforte to Calasetta and Carloforte to Portovesme from their rival company Saremar who have recently been liquidated. It is hoped that Delcomar will absorb as many of the Saremar staff as they can.

Here are the links, many including video, to Sardinian news reports on Anna Mur's inauguration.


 All in Italian of course but she is looking good and with the proper care & maintenance she and her sister ship will have many more good years left.


Will be continued:

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0 #2 joe 2017-05-31 06:59
i was a painter on this ship when i worked for henry robb in 1983 ....robbs built great ships in my time at the leith yard ...the dock is now a shoping mall called ocean eat memorys.
+1 #1 AJ 2014-07-19 23:17
I have many photos of good ol' St Helen and Catherine.

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