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unknown = Valencay

VALENCAY 1965 3430 tgr S.N.C.F.

1977- converted to drive through ro-ro
1982- served as relief ship
1984- laid up at Calais with sister VILLANDRY
1985- sold to Strinzis Lines S.A.Piraeus
r/n EPTANISOS.

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This is one of two identical sisters, Villandry or Valencay, entering Newhaven. Note the two black balls at the mainmmast, indicating that she's going astern, and the open rear doors.

Hard to be sure, but from the start of the V to the first L isn't very far, so I'll plump for Villandry. The year would be between 1968 (the houseflag only appeared on the funnels in December 1967, and this is clearly a summer afternoon!) and 1976, when they were converted to drive-through and their appearance rather altered. Though their Pielstick diesels were very noisy - you could hear them coming from miles away - both vessels were reliable workhorses and would venture out in any weather.

Andy
 

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Both of them were very popular here in Greece too!! As the EPTANISOS (ex VALENCAY) and DELOS (VILLANDRY). Both long gone now, but still remembered... I never had the chance to travel on any of them. Where was the photo taken?
 

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Hi Finnpartner thanks for your posting giving more details.According to
meechingman (Andy) it is Newhaven, Kent.I did not take it myself but it was late 60s.
 

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Newhaven is in Sussex! They were both built specifically for the Newhaven Dieppe route. They have another sister in Chantilly, but the Newhaven ships were more powerfully engined to cope with the longer route. They could do rather better than their service speed of 18 kts.
 

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