MS Pride of Canterbury

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Name: 1992-2003: European Pathway
2003-present: Pride of Canterbury
Owner: 1992-2002: P&O European Ferries (Dover) Ltd
2002-present: P & O Ferries Ltd
Operator: P&O Ferries
Port of registry: Dover,  United Kingdom
Route: 1992-2002: Dover-Zeebrugge
2003-present: Dover-Calais
Builder: Schichau Unterweser AG, Germany
Yard number: 1076
Launched: 8 October 1991
Completed: 29 December 1991
Maiden voyage: 4 January 1992
Identification: IMO number: 9007295
Status: in service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 1991-2002: 22,986 tonnes
2003 onwards: 30,365tonnes
Length: 179.7 m (589.6 ft)
Beam: 28.3 m (92.8 ft)
Draft: 6.27 m (20.6 ft)
Installed power: 4 x Sulzer 8ZA40S Diesels
Propulsion: Two controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 21 knots
Capacity: 1991-2002: 200 passengers
124 15m freight vehicles
2003 onwards: 2,000 passengers
650 passenger vehicles or 120 15m freight vehicles

Pride of Canterbury is a cross-channel ferry operated by P&O Ferries. She was the second of four 'European Class' freight ferries ordered for P&O European Ferries Dover-Zeebrugge route. Between 1992 and 2002 she sailed between Dover and Zeebrugge for P&O European Ferries and later P&O Stena Line. She was converted in the winter of 2002/spring 2003 and re-entered service as Pride of Canterbury (replacing the ageing P&OSL Canterbury).She currently sails from Dover to Calais[1].

In January 2008 she struck the wreck of SS Mahratta[2] while manoeuvering into The Downs off the Kent coast during heavy weather. The collision caused the loss of one of her propellers and damaged the prop shaft and gear box.[3] Although she was able to sail to Dover unaided, the ferry required assistance berthing.[2] Following emergency repairs in Falmouth she returned to service operating with only 1 propeller. As a result she was unable to operate in rough weather and was frequently laid up in Dover or sheltering off the Kent coast waiting for the wind to drop. The ferry was due to be drydocked at a European repair yard in November 2008 to be fitted with a new propeller with a view to being back in service for the Christmas 2008 period. The vessel is now back in service again on the Dover to Calais route.[citation needed]

Sister Ships

As built the ship was identical to European Seaway and European Highway. The fourth 'European Class' freight ferry was converted to a multi-purpose vessel for the Dover-Calais route and named Pride of Burgundy though she still retained a number of similarities. Following conversion to multi-purpose ship the Pride of Canterbury is nearly identical to the Pride of Kent.

Pride of Canterbury and Pride of Kent are commonly known as the 'Darwin Twins' or 'Darwins' after the project name given by P&O to the conversion of the ships[4].