Condor 3

Condor 3 at sea.
Condor 3. Ian BOYLE collection.

In late-1969, Condor Ltd decided to replace the chartered Condor 2 by a new purpose-built hydrofoil. Hence, the company ordered to the Rodriquez shipyard a hydrofoil model RHS140 which was to be named Condor 3.

Condor 3 was introduced on the routes linking the Channel Islands to themselves and Saint-Malo in September 1970. Condor 3 was sold in 1979, and replaced the following year with Condor 6.

Belt SA bought her in 1980 for service on a route linking Buenos Aires to Colonia, and renamed her Colonia Del Sacramento. Following a storm, she sank at her berth in 1987. After having been re-floaded, she proved to be in a very poor condition, and never resumed service. Until 2001, when she was scrapped, Colonoa Del Sacramento was use for spare components for the other ships of the fleet.

Technical Specifications of Condor 3
Condor 3 (1971 - 1980)
The Ship
Launch 1971
Maiden Voyage 1971
Shipyard Rodriquez, Messine (ITA)
Owner Condor Ltd
Operator Condor Ltd
Routes Saint-Malo (FRA) - Saint-Hélier (GBJ) | Saint-Peter Port (GBG) | Sark (GBG)
IMO 7104623
Port of Registry  Saint-Peter Port, Guernsey
Technical Scpecifications
Length 28.7m
Breadth 10.7m
Draught 3.5m
Gross Tonnage 125 GT
Deadweight 15t
Engines specifications
Engines Two engines MTU493 with 12 cylinders
Power 1,986 kW (2700 CH DIN)
Maximum Speed 36 knots
Passengers & Cargo
Passengers 136 passengers

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