MV Red Eagle (1996)

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Name: MV Red Eagle
Operator: Red Funnel
Builder: Ferguson Shipbuilders
Launched: 1996
In service: 1996 - Sept 2004, Jan 2005 - present[1]
Identification: IMO number: 9117337
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Raptor Class Car Passenger Ferry
Tonnage: 4,075 gross register tons (GRT)[1]
Length: 93.22 m (305.8 ft)
Beam: 17.5 m (57.4 ft)
Decks: 5, including 3 vehicle decks
Speed: 14 kn (25.9 km/h)
Capacity: 894 passengers, 220 cars

MV Red Eagle is a Raptor Class vehicle and passenger ferry operated by Red Funnel on their route from Southampton to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

She entered service in 1996, the latest car ferry to enter service after Red Falcon and Red Osprey in 1994.[2] Between October and December 2004 she was re-fitted and extended by Remontawa in Gdansk, Poland, in order to increase vehicle capacity by 80[3] and allow a greater passenger capacity.[4] This involved the lengthening of the ship by 9.6 m (31 ft).[5] She was the last of Red Funnel's Raptor Class ships to undergo the process.[1] When she re-entered service in January 2005, she became the largest vessel regularly crossing the Solent, taking this title from her sister Red Osprey.[4]

She is featured in the 2008 video game Ship Simulator 2008 along with one of her running mates Red Jet 4 as a sailable ship.[6]


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