Jonathan Swift

Irish Ferries entered the high speed era with the DUBLINSwift service in 1999. Built at a cost of IR£29mn, the Jonathan Swift's speed of 39 knots reduced the crossing time from Dublin City to Holyhead to just one hour 49 minutes. 

Jonathan Swift

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Austal Ships, Henderson, Western Australia.

1999.

9188881

395 tonnes

3.3m

Germanischer Lloyd

 100 A5, HSC-B, OC 3

86.6m

24.4m

7.9m

800 passengers

200 cars

Bow and stern

The craft, which offers space for 800 passengers and 200 cars, arrrived in Dublin after a 23-day voyage from Western Australia on 5 May 1999. Under the command of Captains Tony Canavan, Steve Hutson and Paul Devaney and with a complement of twenty crew, her route home was via the Indian Ocean, Suez canal, Mediterranean and through the Bay of Biscay with stops along the way for refuelling.

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

© Maritime Photographic

High speed at Holyhead

High speed at Holyhead

The Jonathan Swift and the HSS Stena Explorer. © Maritime Photographic

Operating partners

Operating partners

The Ulysses and the Jonathan Swift in Dublin. © Maritime Photographic

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

9th September 2014. © Ronnie Roberts