Condor 1

Condor 1 at sea.
Condor 1. Ian BOYLE collection (Simplon Postcards)

In 1963, Brittish Railways decided to close down their Saint-Malo – Channel Islands service, selling the Brittany that used to operate the service. Therefore, two businessmen of the Channel Islands decided to create their own company that would replace this service, and hence was created Condor Ltd.

In 1963, Condor Ltd decided to order its first ship to the Italian shipyard Rodriquez. They chose an hydrofoil, model PT50, to operate an high speed service between Saint-Malo and the Channel Islands, since this model was able to be operated at 33 knots. She was purchased for a cost of £200,000. Delivered in Guernsey on 12th April 1964, she was soon christened as Condor 1. Condor 1 began operation on services linking Saint-Malo, Guernsey, Jersey and Sark from 20th June.

Condor 1 was replaced in 1976 by larger Condor 5, and was then sold to SNAV which renamed her Freccia di Sicilia. She was scrapped in 2003 by her builder.

Technical Specifications of Condor 1
Condor 1 (1964 - 1976)
The Ship
Launch 1964
Maiden Voyage 20th June 1964
Shipyard Rodriquez, Messine (ITA)
Cost £200,000
Owner Condor Ltd
Operator Condor Ltd
Routes Saint-Malo (FRA) - Saint-Hélier (GBJ) | Saint-Peter Port (GBG) | Serk (GBG)
Port of Registry Saint-Peter Port, Guernsey
Technical Specifications
Length 27.89m
Gross Tonnage 127 GT
Engines specifications
Engines 2 engines Mercedes with 12 cylinders each
Maximum Speed 33 knots
Passengers & Cargo
Passengers 140 passengers

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See Also


  • "Condor I". In Bateaux de Saint-Malo, Dechorgnat, A, 2015. [retrieved 22nd August 2015]. Available at ;
  • "Condor Ferries Page 2: Fast Ferries". In Simplon Postcards, Boyle, I., 2008. [retrieved 22nd August 2015]. Available at