St Clare is our largest ship and our flagship. Built at the Remontowa Shipyard in Gdansk in 2001 she operates on the Portsmouth - Fishbourne service. Passenger accommodation is spread over 3 decks with two spacious and well appointed lounges and a shop a on the main deck.
The St Clare has become the first UK ferry to offer a Costa coffee outlet. The upper bar area of St Clare was converted as part of the ship’s annual refit in March 2011 and will operate seven days a week as the latest branch of the UK’s fastest-growing coffee chain. The full Costa range of hot and cold drinks and food products are available at the outlet, together with a selection of magazines and newspapers.
In addition to the installation of a new Costa coffee outlet on its upper passenger lounge, the St. Clare has become a floating art gallery as displays of local Island photographers’ work – all of them available to purchase - feature alongside Costa on the upper deck.
Lifts link the 3 car decks with the lounges, and there is also extensive open deck space and a special area for passengers with dogs.
By naming the ship St Clare we are continuing our tradition of giving the ships on the Portsmouth-Fishbourne route names of female saints with associations to the Island. She operates with St Cecilia, St Faith and St Helen on this route.
The association of St Clare with this Isle of Wight is bound with the history of Appuldurcombe House in Wroxall. Up until the end of the 14th Century, Appuldurcombe Abbey, was home to a religious order whose Mother house was French and based in Normandy. As was normal in these circumstances, there was a steady flow of money from the order in Appuldurcombe to the parent order in Normandy. the Hndred Years War was in full flow at this time and when Henry IV came to the throne in 1399 he decided to put a stop to these payments, which he saw as little more than a gift to the enemy!
To this end he assigned the Abbey of Appuldurcombe to the Minories of St Clare, a religious order based at Aldgate in the city of London. The monks moved in the following year and had their possession of the property secured by a grant in 1461. They remained there until the early 16th Century when the abbey was leased to the Leigh family. the daughter of the family married Sir James Worsley who gained outright possession of Appuldurcombe after the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s. It subsequently stayed in his family’s hands for more than 300 years.
|Gross Registered Tonnage||5,359|
|Engines:||4x Wärtsilä 5L20|
|Builder:||Remontowa, Gdansk, Poland|
|Propellers:||4x Voith Schneider|
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We have a modern and comfortable fleet of 9 ships operating on our 3 routes.
All our car ferries have comfortable lounges, sun decks and cafe-bars serving a range of drinks and snacks.
Our catamarans have comfortable lounges and even open decks from where you can watch the passing scenery, weather permitting.
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