History of Condor Ferries - since 1964

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About us

Condor Ferries was founded in 1964 and initially operated a passenger service between France and the Channel Islands. In 1987 the first service linking the Channel Islands with the UK was launched and since then Condor Ferries has operated a year-round service connecting the UK, Guernsey and Jersey and the port of St Malo in France. Each year we carry over 1 million passengers and 200,000 passenger vehicles on our services.

In March 2015, we introduced a new addition to the fleet - Condor Liberation. This state-of-the-art high speed car ferry is the first of its kind to operate in Northern Europe, and marks £50m of investment in the Channel Islands. Condor Liberation serves Guernsey and Jersey from its UK base in Poole.

We also operate Condor Rapide fast car ferry, serving the Guernsey/Jersey to France routes. Commodore Clipper is a conventional car, passenger and freight ship, which provides an all-weather, year round service. Commodore Goodwill is a freight only vessel. 

Our fleet carries 100,000 freight vehicles into the Channel Islands each year as well as exporting tonnes of local produce, providing a vital supply link for all kinds of fresh and frozen produce, in fact virtually any traffic that can be driven or towed on board. We are an active member of the communities we serve, and support numerous organisations, sports and charities through sponsorship and travel.

Today

70th anniversary of
Commodore Freight

2017
2015

£50m
Condor Liberation
enters service

Condor Ferries
invest in Rapide

2010

Commodore Clipper
operated out
of Portsmouth

1999

Condor Vitesse operated
new service from
St Malo to Guernsey

1999
1997

Condor Express
Introduced on the UK -
Channel Islands route

Condor 12 was chartered
to operate the UK –
Channel Islands route.

1996
1995

Condor 11 was introduced
to operate the UK -
Channel Islands route.

Island Commodore
and Commodore
Goodwill introduced

1995
1993

Commodore Shipping took
over British Channel Island
Ferries. All passenger
services moved
to Weymouth.

Condor Ferries
introduces Condor 10,
the first passenger
and car carrying
high speed vessel.

1993

RoRo freight
service commences.

1991

Condor 9 introduced -
the first catamaran
to operate on UK - Channel
Island service.

1990
1988

Condor commences
cross-channel service
using Condor 8.

The first passenger service
linking the Channel Islands
with the UK was launched
using Condor 7.

1987
1979

Condor 3 was sold and
Condor 6 introduced,
a chartered 260 seat
jet powered catamaran.

Condor 1 was replaced
by the increased
capacity Condor 5.

1976
1974

Condor 4 joined the fleet
offering French day trips.

Hydrofoil Condor 3
replaced Condor 2.

1971
1969

Condor 2 was chartered
to provide extra capacity
to France.

1969

Opening of new
Commodore freight
terminal at
Albert Johnson Quay, Portsmouth.

1964

Condor’s first passenger
vessel Condor 1 entered
service on 1 May 1964,
between France and the
Channel Islands carrying
just 136 passengers.

Condor Ferries was
founded by Channel Island
businessmen Peter Dorey
and Jack Norman.

1964

 

Photo credit
With enormous thanks to Kevin Le Scelleur for the amazing historical photographs on this page.