Gotland was built in 1973 for Stena Line, which sold her shortly after her launch to Rederi AB Gotland. She was then chartered out to numerous operators as TT-Line or Moly Lines.
Gotland was chartered in early-1988 by Brittany Ferries, in order to operate the Ouistreham – Portsmouth service using two ships. Indeed, the route proved to be very popular and its traffics were becoming to high to enable Duc de Normandie to cope with them alone. Therefore, Gotland was chartered and allocated on this route alongside Duc de Normandie and was to be renamed Lisieux, however it has never been done.
The charter was not renewed after 11th September 1988 and Gotland was sent back to her owner. She was replaced on this route the following year by former Prince of Brittany which was renamed Reine Mathilde and refurbished before being introduced.
The ferry was then chartered by Dieppe Ferries and Irish Continental Lines. She was purchased in 1989 by Corsica Ferries which renamed her Corsica Victoria. She was lengthened by twenty meters in 1990, increasing her car and passenger capacity (her tonnage was almost doubled). She is still operated by Corsica Ferries, alongside her sister-ship, Sardigna Regina.
|M/V Gotland (1988)|
|Launch||26th November 1973|
|Shipyard||Jozo Lozovina-Mosor Shipyard, Trogir, Ex-Yougoslavia|
|Owner||Rederi AB Gotland|
|Routes||Ouistreham (FR) - Portsmouth (GB)|
|Port of Registery||Visby, Sweden|
|Gross Tonnage||6,642 GT|
|Engines||British Polar SF116VS-E engines|
|Speed||18.50 knots (service)|
|Passengers & Cargo|
|Passengers Capacity||1,670 passengers|
|Garage Capacity||300 cars|