MS Oldenburg

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MS Oldenburg at Bideford, Devon, March 2006
MS Oldenburg at Bideford, Devon, March 2006
Name: MS Oldenburg
Namesake: Oldenburg
Route: Lundy, Bideford and Ilfracombe
Builder: Detlef Hegemann Rolandwerft
Launched: 29 March 1958
Acquired: 6 August 1958
Homeport: Bideford
Identification: IMO 5262146
Status: in active service, as of 2022
General characteristics
Displacement: 294 long tons (299 t)
Length: 43.46 m (142 ft 7 in)
Beam: 7.83 m (25 ft 8 in)
Draught: 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: 2 × 8-cylinder MAN engines (1958)
2 × Cummins Diesel engines (1985)
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph) (1958)
12.5 knots (23.2 km/h; 14.4 mph) (1985)
Capacity: 359 (1958)
267 (1985)

MS Oldenburg is a British passenger ferry serving the island of Lundy in the Bristol Channel.

The Oldenburg was named after the former grand duchy of Oldenburg, Germany, and launched on the 29 March 1958 in Bremen. On the 6 August she was delivered to Deutsche Bundesbahn Schiffsdienst Wangerooge, used as a ferry service between the mainland and the Frisian island of Wangerooge.[1]

She was first chartered by and then sold to Reederei Warrings in 1975 for duty-free shopping cruises around East Frisia. In 1982 she was sold to Harle-Reederei Warrings in Carolinensiel, Lower Saxony, Germany.[1]

In November 1985 she was sold to the Lundy Co. Ltd. to replace Lundy's transport boat, the Polar Bear. After a refurbishment at Appledore Shipyard and receiving new engines in 1986, she began her journeys for passengers and supplies to the island of Lundy.[2]



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