Currently in A&P Falmouth’s No 2 Dock is Irish Ferries’ ro/ro passenger ferry the Oscar Wilde, named after the Irish writer and poet whose masterpiece The Importance of being Earnest (subtitled a trivial comedy for serious people) was first performed in this week (14 February) in 1895 in St James Theatre, London.
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854, educated in Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford. He died destitute in Paris at the age of 46.
Irish Ferries took delivery of the 1987–built MS Kronprins Harald from the Norwegian shipping company Color Line in September 2007. The ship was renamed MS Oscar Wilde and is currently in operation between Rosslare Europort–Cherbourg and Roscoff. Instead of receiving the traditional white hull of Irish Ferries, the ship maintained the blue hull of Color Line.
The ship is 166.3m long x 28.4m beam with a gross tonnage of 31914.