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The Gryf is a twin-screw motor ferry of the Polish Steamship Company and registered at Szczecin. She was built at Hamburg, in 1962, as the Hansa Express by Hanseatisile Werft, for Finnlines Ltd., as a drive through passenger and vehicle ferry, the company's first attempt at operating a passenger ship. She was placed in the Travemunde-Visby-Helsinki service. Proving very successful, her owners decided to lengthen the vessel in 1963, amidships, renaming her Finndana early in 1966. She was placed on a direct service from Copenhagen to Helsinki, her service speed of 18 knots enabling her to maintain a 36-hour service, making two round trips per week, from Helsinki. She established a good reputation for her owners, who decided to build a larger vessel. The Finndana had a passenger capacity of about 620, her car capacity being 125. At the end of 1966 season she was sold to Poland and renamed Gryf. The ship has a gross tonnage of 2,977 tons; nett, 1,084 and deadweight 1,096 tons. Overall length is 315 ft., beam, 52 ft. 1 in., depth, 33 ft. 9 in. and draft, 14 ft. 7 in. Engines are two Nydquist and Holm diesels, developing
5,760 b.h.p. to give a speed of 173/4 knots. SG 2037, 2464.
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1981 sold to Fragmar Shipping, Greece, renamed in EOLOS, '95 sold to International Lines, Greece as AGIOS VASSILIOS, '96 laid up at Eleusis, sold several times but in 2003 sold for scrapping in Alliaga (Turkey) for her final journey renamed in AGI.