M/V Bonanza

Bonanza as operated by Silja Lines.
M/V Bonanza. Picture: Gerd MATER, The Ferry Site.

Bonanza was built in 1972 for Fred Olsen & Co. The company has been her main operator through her career although she was chartered out a few times. Therefore, she was chartered in 1972 by Silja Line, and then in 1976 by Brittany Ferries.

Bonanza was delivered to Brittany Ferries in late-May 1976, and was introduced on the Roscoff - Plymouth route on 27th May. On 5th June, she shift to the Saint-Malo - Portsmouth service until 15th August. Then, Bonanza reverted to the Roscoff - Plymouth service until 01st September. Then, Bonanza was returned to her owners.

She was renamed Benchijigua in 1980, and Bajamar in 1994. She was sold in 2001 to MBRS Lines and renamed Blessed Mother, and then Bahuga Jaya. She was scrapped in the mid-00s.

Technical Datas of M/V Bonanza
M/V Bonanza (1976)
The Ship
Launch  1972
Shipyard Ulstein Werft AS, Ulsteinvik, Norway 
Owner Fred Olsen & Co 
Operator Brittany Ferries 
Routes Portsmouth (GB) - St Malo (FR)
Plymouth (GB) - Roscoff (FR)
IMO 7206392 
Technical Datas
Length  94.70 m
Breadth 16.21 m 
Draught  04.50 m
Gross Tonnage 3,972 GT 
Deadweight 765 t 
Engines specifications
Engines 2 Werkspoor 8TM10 engines 
Speed 19.00 knots (service) 
Passengers & Cargo
Passengers Capacity 747 passengers 
Garage Capacity 200 cars 

See Also


  • "M/S Bonanza (1972)". In Faktamom Fartyg, Tabort M., 2015. [retrieved 31/07/2016]. Available at www.faktaomfartyg.se ;
  • "M/F Blessed Mother". In The Ferry Site, Koefoed-Hansen, M., 2015. [retrieved 15/08/2015]. Available at www.ferry-site.dk ;
  • "Bahuga Jaya". In MarineTraffic, Maltenoz Ltd, 2015. [retrieved 15/08/2015]. Available at www.marinetraffic.com.