MV Cardiff Castle

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Cardiff Castle at Totnes.jpg
MV Cardiff Castle at Totnes in River Link colours.
Career (UK) Red Ensign (UK)
Name: MV Cardiff Castle
Namesake: Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, UK
  • River Dart (1964)
  • Plymouth(1977)
  • River Dart (1985)
  • Builder: Bolson, Poole, UK
    Cost: £33,000
    Launched: 1964
    Sponsored by: Mrs N.L. Wade
    Refit: 1977
    Status: Operating on the River Dart between Dartmouth and Totnes
    General characteristics
    Type: Twin-Screw Motor Vessel
    Tonnage: 115 GRT
    Length: 100 feet (30 m) LOA
    Beam: 21 feet (6.4 m)
    Draught: 3.5 feet (1.1 m)
    Depth: 8.3 feet (2.5 m)
    Decks: 3
    Propulsion: Twin Glennifer Diesels
    Speed: 9 Kts
    Capacity: 400 Passengers

    The MV Cardiff Castle is a twin screw passenger vessel, operating on the River Dart in South Devon, UK, mainly on the cruise / ferry route between Dartmouth and Totnes, but also on circular cruises from Dartmouth, for Dart Pleasure Craft Ltd.[1]


    MV Cardiff Castle was built in 1964 for the River Dart Steamboat Co Ltd (RDSC) by Bolson's of Poole. She was a near sister of Conway Castle and was built to replace Totnes Castle. She was originally fitted with Totnes Castle's wheelhouse on a flying bridge structure above her main (open) passenger deck. She also had a lounge on the lower deck. She operated passenger services on the Dart until 1977; by this time she was the last passenger vessel owned by RDSC.[2] In 1977 she was sold to Millbrook Steamboat & Trading Co Ltd, which at that time was the largest operator of cruises from Plymouth. They rebuilt her to her current condition, with a large deckhouse on the main deck, and open deck seating above, behind a new wheelhouse. The bar is still located on the lower deck. In 1980 the Millbrook Company, and all of its vessels were bought by Dart Free Houses Ltd, parent company of Dart Pleasure Craft Ltd. In 1985 the Millbrook operation was wound up and there were various transfers of vessels between the fleets of different south Devon companies.[3] Cardiff Castle returned to the Dart, and can now be seen operating regularly on her original route from Dartmouth to Totnes.[2]

    External links


    1. Boyle, I,, Referred 2009
    2. 2.0 2.1 Clammer, R & Kittrage, A. Passenger Steamers of the River Dart & Kingsbridge Estuary, Twelveheads Press, 1987
    3. Kittridge,A. Steamers & Ferries of the River Tamar & Three Towns District, Twelveheads Press, 2003