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.
Austal Ships, Henderson, Western Australia.
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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.