HSC Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift at sea.
Jonathan Swift. Courtesy Gary DAVIES (Maritime Photographic)

Jonathan Swift (operated commercially as Dublin Swift) is the only high speed craft operated by Irish Ferries. Jonathan Swift serves the Dublin – Holyhead route. Her names comes from an Irish writer born in 1667 and dead in 1745, which is known for having written Gulliver's Travels.


Technical Specifications of HSC Jonathan Swift
HSC Jonathan Swift (1999 onwards)
The Ship
Launch  February 1999
Maiden Voyage July 1999
Shipyard Austal Shipyard, Australia
Cost IR£29 millions
Owner Irish Ferries
Operator Irish Ferries
Routes Dublin (IRL) - Holyhead (UK)
IMO 9188881
MMSI 209122000
Call Sign C4H2R
Port of Registry Limassol (CY)
Technical Specifications
Length 86.60 m
Breadth 24.40 m
Draught 03.20 m

Gross Tonnage

5,992 GT


400 DWT
Engines specifications
Engines  4 engines Caterpillars 3618 - 12 cylinders
Power  28,800 kW
Maximum Speed 50.00 knots - 40.00 knots (service)
Fuel Consumption 5.3 tons of Gazoil per hour
Passengers & Cargo
Passengers 800 passengers
Seats 800 seats
Car Deck 200 cars /or/ 125 cars + 10 coaches

Service History

Jonathan Swift at sea seen from above.
Jonathan Swift at sea. Courtesy Irish Ferries.

In the late 90s, Irish Ferries wanted to replenish its fleet, and therefore decided to introduce a High Speed catamaran between Dublin et Holyhead, to propose an alternative service to the conventional ferries.

The ship was commissioned to Austal for a cost of IR£29 millions. Launched in 1999, she was introduced in July 1999 as Jonathan Swift. However, her introduction have been delayed due to a strike set up by Irish Ferries' officers, that were demonstrating against the operation of this ship with a limited crew compared to the company’s other ships. Irish Ferries hence threat to sell the ship if a solution to the conflict was not found.

Jonathan Swift has spent most of her career on the Dublin – Holyhead service, on which she is still operated today. With a commercial speed of 40 knots, she completes the crossing in 1h49.

Aboard Accommodations

Aboard Dining and Bar

  • Temple Bar - Snack ; 
  • Trinity Bar - Snack ; 
  • Boylan's Brasserie - Self-Service Restaurant ;
  • Café Lafayette - Café/Bar-Lounge.

Aboard Shopping

  • Aelia - Duty Free shop.

Passengers Accommodations

  • 800 allocated seats.


  • Free Wifi aboard
  • Sun deck
  • Arcade Games
  • TV Lounge

See Also


  • "Fast Ferry to Ireland | Jonathan Swift". In Irish Ferries, Irish Continental Group, 2015. [retrieved on 04th April 2016]. Available at www.irishferries.com ;
  • "HSC Jonathan Swift". In Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation and its writers, 2015. [retrieved the 04th April 2016]. Available at en.wikipedia.org.