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St Magnus VI

I think that this is ST MAGNUS VI, seen at Stranraer as NECKERTAAL of JR Lines after being chartered by British Rail.

Also in this photo are ANTRIM PRINCESS and AILSA PRINCESS of SEALINK (with bow-visors open) and DALRIADA of Stena on long term charter by sealink.
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Picture added on 08 October 2009 at 17:52
I think this is more likely to be the sister ship of the St Magnus, the "Pointer" which used to ply between Ardrossan and Belfast. The " St Magnus" had a 120 ton stability tank behind the funnels, but of course this could easily have been removed.
Anonymous comment added on 10 October 2009
That was stupid of me. The above photograph was obviously taken in the 70s. I think the featured ship was definately the sister of "St Magnus", as there were two built and I do not think the original name of the "Magnus" was "Neckertaal", although it was something similar.
Anonymous comment added on 10 October 2009
Stephen, the first name of the "St Magnus" was "Donataul" (spelling might be somewhat different), then " Ulster Sportsman", followed by " Dorset". She was called "Dorset" when she joined the Orkney and Shetland services and was sent to Harland & Wolfe Befast to have the lift fitted and name changed. She had a 120 ton stability tank behind the funnel. This was to damp down the rolling period, when there was no heavy cargo on the upper deck. She was so stiff without weight high up, that she could roll 30% from one side to the other in 11 seconds in a beam sea. Not a desirable attribute when the cargo is heavy trucks etc. With heavy cargo on the upper deck, or with the stability tank in, she was quite a reasonable sea ship.
Added by Fred Johnston on 10 October 2009
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