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The Fleets

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Feeder Lines

Railway Companies

Many of the feeder lines were run by railway companies. These are split into areas of the UK so some companies will appear in more than one area. The three areas are:

  1. Eastern & North Western companies + Zeeland and Stena Lines.
  2. Western & Southern Companies + French and Stena Lines.
  3. Scottish & Irish Companies + Stena Lines.

There were many take overs and amalgamations of companies over the years, culminating in the big four companies being nationalised into the British Transport Commission. Wherever possible the dates / routes for each ship have been indicated. Only passenger carrying ships are included.

Eastern & North Western Companies + Zeeland & Stena Lines

Chester & Holyhead Railway Company

In 1848 the Chester & Holyhead Railway Company commenced operating a passenger service between Holyhead and Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) / Howth. The fleet was transferred in 1859 to the London & NorthWestern Railway Company.

Funnel:
1848-1853 white, black top.
1853-1859 buff, black top.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Anglia 1847 1859 transferred to L&NWR, 1861 became Confederate States blockade runner, 1862 captured by Union forces and renamed Admiral Dupont. 473
Cambria 1848 1859 transferred to L&NWR, 1884 scrapped. 590
Hibernia 1847 1859 transferred to L&NWR, 1877 sold to Limerick & Waterford Rly Co. 573
Scotia 1847 1859 transferred to L&NWR, 1861 became Confederate States blockade runner, 1862 captured by Union forces and renamed General Banks. 479
Telegraph 1853 1856 purchased from Belfast SS Co, 1859 transferred to L&NWR, 1881 scrapped after grounding. 848

Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway Company / Great Central Railway

The Great Central Railway was first formed in 1847 as the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway Company to run a service between New Holland (Lincs) and Hull. In 1865 they commenced steamship services to Hamburg by taking over the Anglo-French Steam Ship Company. Then, in 1866, they commenced Grimsby - Rotterdam service, and in 1867 Grimsby - Antwerp service. The Hamburg service became daily in 1891.

In 1897 the company was renamed the Great Central Railway. The company became part of the London & North Eastern Railway Company in 1923 and in 1948 transferred to the Associated Humber Lines (part of British Transport Commission). In 1967 they became part of British Railways. [ off-site link The Great Central Railway (Migration from Europe to North America by Chis Tolley) ]

Funnel:
Manchester, Sheffield & Lincoln 1864-1897 - black.
Great Central 1897-1923 - white, black top.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Accrington 1910 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1942-1945 convoy rescue ship, 1946 Harwich - Antwerp, 1951 scrapped. 1,629
Albert 1856 1865 taken over with Anglo-French SS Co, 1886 sold to Bazeley, Penzance. 560
Ashton 1884 1916 sold to Cadeby SS Co, Grimsby. 1,047
Barnsley 1875 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1888 sold to Earle's Shipbuilders, Hull. 603
Blackburn 1910 Grimsby - Antwerp, 1910 sunk off Sheringham in collision with SS Rook. 1,634
Bradford 1865 Hamburg service, 1895 sold to Bradford SS Co. 468
Bury 1910 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1941-1945 convoy rescue ship, 1946 Hull - Rotterdam, 1958 scrapped. 1,634
Chester 1884 1910 sunk in collision with SS Hugin in River Elbe. 1,031
Chesterfield 1913 Grimsby - Rotterdam, 1915 taken over by Admiralty, 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Malta. 1,013
City of Leeds 1903 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1936 scrapped. 1,341
City of Bradford 1903 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1936 sold to Near East Shipping Co, London, renamed Hanne. 1,340
Dewsbury 1910 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1934 Hull - Zeebrugge, 1935 Grimsby - Rotterdam, 1941-1945 convoy rescue ship, 1946 Harwich - Antwerp, 1959 scrapped. 1,631
Eugenie 1856 1865 taken over with Anglo-French SS Co but chartered to France. 444
Gainsborough 1881 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1883 sunk in collision with SS Wear off Spurn Head. 1,081
Grimsby 1857 1865 taken over with Anglo-French SS Co, 1888 sold to Cardiff owners. 651
Halifax 1872 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1876 wrecked Heligoland. 1,082
Huddersfield 1872 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1903 sunk in collision with SS Uto in River Scheldt; loss of 25 lives. 1,082
Immingham 1906 1914 requisitioned by Admiralty, 1915 sunk in collision with SS Reindeer at Lemnos. 2,009
Leeds 1857 Hull - Antwerp, 1880 wrecked Maasluis. 377
Leicester 1891 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1916 mined and sunk off Folkestone. 1,002
Lincoln (1) 1865 1882 sold to Griffin, Liverpool. 624
Lincoln (2) 1883 1914 sold to Greece, renamed Elikon. 1,075
Lord Cardigan 1856 1865 taken over with Anglo-French SS Co, 1881 sold to Allingham, Hull. 472
Lutterworth 1891 1932 sold to British & Irish SP Co. 1,002
Macclesfield 1914 Grimsby - Antwerp, 1958 scrapped. 1,018
Marylebone 1906 Grimsby - Rotterdam, Grimsby - Hamburg, 1914 Tilbury - Rotterdam, 1932 sold to Tramp Shipping Developement Co, London. 1,972
Northenden 1886 1909 sold to Turkey, renamed Ouhouvet. 843
Nottingham 1891 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1897 Grimsby - Rotterdam, 1915-1918 became HMS Notts, 1919 reverted to Nottingham, 1935 scrapped. 1,033
Oldham 1889 1913 sold to Greece, renamed Eleftheria. 921
Retford 1883 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1910 scrapped. 951
Sheffield (1) 1864 ex- Night Hawk, (was a CSA blockade runner), 1866 purchased and renamed Sheffield, Grimsby - Hamburg, 1845 (!!!) sold to Collinson, Grimsby. 560
Sheffield (2) 1877 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1911 sold to J. Constant, London. 644
Staveley 1891 Grimsby - Hamburg, 1932 sold to British & Irish SP Co renamed, Lady Glen. 1,034
Stockport (1) 1865 ex- Banshee, (was a CSA blockade runner), 1866 purchased and renamed Stockport, Grimsby - Hamburg, 1871 sold. 981
Stockport (2) 1911 1941 became convoy rescue ship, 1943 torpedoed and sunk off Iceland; loss of 180 lives. 1,637
Wakefield 1865 1885 sank in North Sea. 706
Warrington 1886 1903 wrecked on Hasborough Sands. 840
Wrexham 1902 ex- Nord II, 1905 purchased from Russia and renamed Wrexham, Grimsby - Rotterdam - Antwerp, 1914 Tilbury - Rotterdam, 1916 requisitioned by the Admiralty, 1918 wrecked at Archangel. 1,414

Great Eastern Railway

The Great Eastern Railway Company commenced passenger services to Europe in 1864 from Harwich to Rotterdam and Antwerp, later Hamburg. In 1893 they commenced Harwich - Hook of Holland service. They became part of the London & North Eastern Railway Company in 1923.

Funnel:
1864-1923 - buff, black top.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Adelaide 1880 Harwich - Rotterdam, 1896 sold for scrap. 969
Amsterdam 1894 Harwich - Hook, 1910 Harwich - Antwerp, 1928 scrapped. 1,745
Antwerp 1920 Harwich - Antwerp, 1940-1945 requisitioned, 1945 became Harwich - Hook army leave ship, 1951 scrapped. 2,957
Archangel   see St. Petersburg.  
Avalon 1865 Harwich - Rotterdam / Antwerp, 1888 sold to Earle's Shipbuilding, Hull. 670
Berlin     (picture) 1894 Harwich - Hook, 1907 wrecked at entrance to New Waterway; loss of 128 lives. 1,745
Brandon   see Richard Young.  
Bruges 1920 Harwich - Antwerp, 1940 bombed and sunk near Havre while trooping. 2,949
Brussels 1902 Harwich - Antwerp, 1914 Tilbury - Hook, 1916 captured by German warship and Captain Fryatt executed by German firing squad for attempting to ram a U-Boat which had attacked his ship. 1920 sold to Dublin & Lancashire SS Co. 1,380
Cambridge 1886 Harwich - Rotterdam / Antwerp / Hook, 1912 sold to Anglo-Ottoman SS Co. 1,196
Chelmsford 1893 Harwich - Hook, 1910 sold to Great Western Railway renamed Bretonne 1,635
Claud Hamilton 1875 Harwich - Holland, 1897 sold to City of London. 922
Colchester 1889 Harwich - Rotterdam, 1916 captured by German warships, 1918 grounded and abandoned at Kiel, 1919 scrapped. 1,160
Copenhagen 1907 Harwich - Hook, 1917 torpedoed and sunk in North Sea. 2,570
Dresden 1897 Harwich - Antwerp, 1915 taken over by Admiralty renamed Louvain, 1918 sunk by U-Boat in Aegean Sea. 1,805
Essex Ferry   see Train Ferry No. 1  
Essex Ferry II   see Train Ferry No. 1  
Frinton   see Kilkenny.  
Ipswich 1883 Harwich - Antwerp, 1906 sold to Shah SN Co, Bombay. 1.067
Kilkenny 1903 1917 purchased from City of Dublin SP Co, Harwich - Rotterdam, 1919 renamed Frinton. 1,419
Lady Tyler 1880 Harwich - Rotterdam, 1893 sold to Earle's Shipbuilding, Hull. 995
Malines 1921 Harwich - Antwerp, 1940-1945 requisitioned, 1945 laid up, 1948 scrapped. 2,969
Munich 1908 Harwich - Hook, 1914-1918 became hospital ship renamed St.Denis, 1940 scuttled at Amsterdam, raised and used by Germans, 1950 scrapped. 2,570
Norwich 1883 Harwich - Antwerp, 1905 sold to Channel Drydock & Shipbuilding Co, Harwich. 1,062
Princess of Wales 1878 Harwich - Rotterdam, 1893 Harwich - Hook, 1896 scrapped. 1,098
Richard Young 1871 Harwich - Rotterdam, 1890 renamed Brandon, various routes, 1905 scrapped. 718
Roulers   see Vienna.  
St. George 1906 1919 purchased from Canadian Pacific, 1929 scrapped. 2,456
St. Petersburg 1910 Harwich - Hook, 1916 renamed Archangel. 1941 bombed and sunk off East coast of Scotland. 2,570
Train Ferry No. 1 1917 Richborough, Kent - Dunkirk, 1924 Harwich - Zeebrugge, 1939-1946 HMS Princess Iris, 1946 renamed Essex Ferry, 1956 renamed Essex Ferry II, 1957 scrapped. 2,683
Train Ferry No. 2 1917 Richborough, Kent - Dunkirk, 1924 Harwich - Zeebrugge, 1940-1945 HMS Daffodil, 1945 mined and sunk off Dieppe. 2,678
Train Ferry No. 3 1917 Richborough, Kent - Dunkirk, 1924 Harwich - Zeebrugge, 1945 scrapped. 2,672
Vienna 1894 Harwich - Hook, 1910 Harwich - Antwerp, 1920 renamed Roulers, Harwich - Zeebrugge, 1930 scrapped. 1,753
Zealous 1864 Harwich - Rotterdam / Antwerp, 1887 scrapped. 613

Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company (West Coast Fleet)

The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company took over four ships from the Drogheda Steam Packet Company and ran services from Liverpool to Belfast and Drogheda, also from Fleetwood to Belfast in conjunction with the North Western Railway Company. In 1922 they became part of the London & North Western Railway Company and in 1923, L & NWR became part of the London Midland & Scottish Railway Company.

Funnel:
1870-1923 - black with thin white band.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Colleen Bawn 1903 Liverpool - Drogheda, 1914 passenger service discontinued (cargo only), 1931 scrapped. 1,204
Duke of Clarence 1892 Fleetwood - Belfast, 1906 transferred to L&Y Rly Co East Coast service Hull - Zeebrugge route (summer) and Liverpool - Drogheda (winter), 1914-1920 requisitioned by Admiralty. 1920 returned to Zeebrugge service, 1930 scrapped. 1,458
Iverna 1895 1902 purchased from Drogheda SP Co, Liverpool - Drogheda, 1912 scrapped. 995
Kathleen Mavourneen 1885 1902 purchased from Drogheda SP Co, Liverpool - Drogheda, 1903 scrapped. 988
Mellifont 1903 Liverpool - Drogheda, 1906 transferred to Hull - Zeebrugge / Antwerp, 1912 Liverpool - Drogheda, 1914 passenger service discontinued (cargo only), 1933 scrapped. 1,204
Norah Creina 1878 1902 purchased from Drogheda SP Co, Liverpool - Drogheda, 1912 scrapped. 894
Tredagh 1876 1902 purchased from Drogheda SP Co, Liverpool - Drogheda, 1904 scrapped. 901

Goole Steam Shipping Company

The Goole Steam Shipping Company started passenger services in 1879. In 1905 they became part of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company. The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company was transferred in 1922 to the ownership of the London & North Western Railway Company. In 1922 the L&NW Railway Company became part of the London Midland & Scottish Railway. Shipping interests were formed into the Associated Humber Lines in 1935.

Routes:

  • Goole / Hull / Grimsby to Amsterdam / Antwerp / Dunkirk / Ghent / Flushing / Hamburg / Rotterdam.

Funnel:
1864-1935 - buff with broad red band below black top.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Aire 1886 1930 scrapped. 698
Alt 1911 Hamburg service, 1946 Goole-Rotterdam, 1954 scrapped. 1,004
Calder 1887 1931 scrapped. 704
Dearne 1909 Hamburg service, 1914 seized by Germany, 1915 sunk in North Sea. 984
Derwent 1888 Rotterdam service, 1926 scrapped. 830
Don 1892 Goole-Ghent, 1915 torpedoed and sunk in North Sea. 939
Hebble 1891 Goole-Ghent, 1917 mined and sunk off Cap d'Antifer. 904
Hodder 1910 Hamburg service, 1946 transferred to Holyhead-Dublin route, 1956 scrapped. 1,016
Irwell 1906 1954 scrapped. 1,040
Mersey 1906 Goole-Hull-Rotterdam, 1940 mined and sunk off Kent. 1,037
Nidd 1900 Antwerp service, 1933 scrapped. 996
Ouse (1) 1884 Goole - Rotterdam, 1909 sold to Russia, renamed Goole Trader. 763
Ouse (2) 1911 Hamburg service, 1940 sunk in collision with SS Rye in convoy. 1,004
Ralph Creyke 1879 1908 sold to Ouse SS Co, Goole. 634
Rosa 1875 1895 taken over with Humber SS Co, 1907 scrapped. 462
Rother 1914 Copenhagen service, 1956 scrapped. 986
Rye 1914 1918 torpedoed and sunk off Cap d'Antifer. 986
Wharfe 1890 Rotterdam service, 1933 scrapped. 914

Associated Humber Lines

The associated Humber Lines were formed in 1935 to manage the fleets of - Goole Steam Shipping Company, Hull & Netherlands Steam Ship Company, London & North Eastern Railway (Great Central section), London Midland & Scottish Railway (Goole services) and Wilson's & NER Shipping Company (see Wilson Line).

Routes:

  • Goole - Rotterdam / Amsterdam / Copenhagen / Bremen.
  • Grimsby - Hamburg / Antwerp / Rotterdam.
  • Hull - Amsterdam / Bremen / Hamburg / Antwerp / Rotterdam.

Funnel:
1935- as Goole but with letters AHL in black on red band.

Fleet: - (additional to ships taken over with component companies)
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Bolton Abbey 1958 Hull-Rotterdam, 1972 sold to Greece, renamed Ionia Express. 2,740
Byland Abbey 1957 Goole-Copenhagen, 1965 transferred to Wilson Line, 1968 renamed Angelo. 1,370
Fountains Abbey 1954 Goole / Hull - Amsterdam-Rotterdam / Antwerp / Ghent, 1960 Hamburg / Bremen service, 1962 caught fire in North Sea, abandoned and scrapped. 1,197
Kirkham Abbey 1956 Goole-Copenhagen, 1965 transferred to Wilson Line, 1968 renamed Ariosto. 1,372
Melrose Abbey 1959 Hull-Rotterdam, 1972 sold to Greece, renamed Aegeon Express. 2,741
Whitby Abbey 1954 Hull-Antwerp, 1968 sold to Philippines, renamed West Leyte. 1,197

Lancashire & Yorkshire and London & North Western Railway Company (joint services)

In 1844 services were operated by the North Lancashire Steam Navigation Company between Glasgow-Londonderry and Fleetwood-Belfast. They were taken over in 1870 and joint railway services between Fleetwood and Belfast / Londonderry were operated by Lancashire & Yorkshire and London & North Western Railway. In 1912 the Londonderry service ceased and in 1922, the company became the London & North Western Railway. The company became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923.

Funnel:
Lancs & Yorks & Northwestern joint - 1870-1923 Black with thin white band.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Duke of Albany 1907 Heysham-Belfast, 1916 torpedoed and sunk off Scotland. 2,259
Duke of Argyll 1909 Fleetwood-Belfast, 1927 transferred to Angleterre - Lorraine - Alsace Line, renamed Alsacien. 2,052
Duke of Connaught 1875 Fleetwood / Heysham-Belfast, 1893 scrapped. 1,082
Duke of Connaught 1902 Fleetwood-Belfast, 1930 transferred to Hull-Zeebrugge service, 1934 scrapped. 1,680
Duke of Cornwall 1898 Fleetwood-Londonderry / Belfast, 1928 sold to Isle of Man SP Co., renamed Rushen Castle. 1,540
Duke of Cumberland 1909 Fleetwood-Belfast, 1927 transferred to Angleterre - Lorraine - Alsace Line, renamed Picard. 2,052
Duke of Lancaster 1895 Fleetwood / Heysham-Belfast, 1912 sold to Isle of Man SP Co., renamed The Ramsey. 1,520
Duke of York 1894 Fleetwood / Heysham-Belfast, 1912 sold to Isle of Man SP Co., renamed Peel Castle. 1,473
Earl of Ulster 1878 Fleetwood / Heysham-Belfast, 1894 sold to Harland & Wolff. 1,107
Prince Arthur 1864 ex- Sheffield, 1870 taken over from Liverpool & Dublin SN Co. and renamed Prince Arthur, 1877 sold to T. Seed, Fleetwood. 708
Prince Consort 1844 Fleetwood-Ardrossan / Belfast, Glasgow-Londonderry, 1870 taken over from North Lancashire SN Co, 1883 scrapped. 522
Prince of Wales 1886 Fleetwood-Belfast / Londonderry, 1896 sold to Spain. 1,429
Princess of Wales 1870 Fleetwood-Belfast / Londonderry, 1896 scrapped. 936
Thomas Dugdale 1873 Fleetwood-Belfast / Londonderry, 1888 sold to Irish National SS Co. 1,000

London & North Western Railway Company

The London & North Western Railway company commenced Holyhead-Dublin services in 1860. In 1866 joint service Stranraer-Larne started with the Caledonian Railway Company. Then, in 1873, Holyhead-Greenore service commenced. The company became part of the London Midland & Scottish Railway in 1923 and in 1926, Greenore closed. For more information about the company, visit the London and North Western Railway Society web site.

Funnel:
London & North Western 1860-1923 buff, black top.

Fleet: - (excludes ships taken over in amalgamations)
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Admiral Moorsum 1860 Holyhead-Dublin, 1885 sunk in collision. 794
Alexandra 1863 Holyhead-Dublin, 1889 sold to F. Schultze, Rostock converted to a barque and renamed Elise Schultze. 703
Anglia 1900 Holyhead-Dublin, 1915 became hospital ship, mined and sunk near Dover; loss of 105 lives. 1,862
Anglia 1920 Holyhead-Dublin, 1935 scrapped. 3,460
Arvonia   see Cambria (1)  
Banshee 1884 Holyhead-Dublin, 1906 scrapped. 1,035
Cambria (1) 1897 Holyhead-Dublin, 1920 renamed Arvonia. 1925 scrapped. 1,842
Cambria (2) 1921 Holyhead-Dublin, 1948 renamed Cambria II, 1949 scrapped. 3,445
Cambria II   see Cambria (2)  
Connemara 1896 Holyhead-Dublin / Greenore, 1916 sank in collision with SS Retriever in Carlingford Lough; loss of 86 lives. 1,106
Countess of Erne 1868 Holyhead-Dublin / Greenore, 1889 sold to Bristol SN Co. 825
Curraghmore 1919 1919 - 1930 Holyhead-Dublin / Greenore, 1930 renamed Duke of Abercorn, Heysham-Belfast, 1935 scrapped. 1,587
Duchess of Sutherland 1869 Holyhead-Dublin / Greenore, 1908 scrapped. 893
Duke of Abercorn   see Curraghmore.  
Duke of Sutherland 1868 Holyhead-Dublin / Greenore, 1886 scrapped. 853
Earl Spencer 1874 Holyhead-Dublin, 1877 Holyhead-Greenore, 1896 scrapped. 855
Edith 1870 Holyhead-Dublin, 1875 sunk in collision with Duchess of Sutherland, salvaged and used as cargo ship, 1912 scrapped. 758
Eleanor (1) 1873 Holyhead-Greenore, 1881 wrecked near Kilkeel. 917
Eleanor (2) 1881 Holyhead-Dublin / Greenore, 1902 scrapped. 854
Galtee More 1898 Holyhead-Dublin / Greenore, 1921 cargo only, 1926 scrapped. 1,112
Greenore 1912 Holyhead-Greenore / Dublin, 1926 scrapped. 1,488
Hibernia (1) 1900 Holyhead-Dublin, 1915 became HMS Tara, torpedoed and sunk in Mediterranean. 1,862
Hibernia (2) 1920 Holyhead-Dublin, 1948 renamed Hibernia II, 1949 scrapped. 3,458
Hibernia II   see Hibernia (2)  
Holyhead 1883 Holyhead-Dublin, 1883 sank in collision with German sailing ship Alhambra off Anglesey. 931
Isabella 1877 Holyhead-Dublin / Greenore, 1898 scrapped. 855
Lily 1880 Holyhead-Dublin, 1900 sold to Liverpool & Douglas Steamers Ltd. 1,035
Menevia   see Scotia (1)  
North Wall 1883 Holyhead-Dublin, 1905 scrapped. 931
Rathmore 1908 Holyhead-Dublin / Greenore, 1927 transferred to Alsace - Lorraine - Angleterre Line, renamed Lorrain, Tilbury - Dunkirk, 1932 scrapped. 1,569
Rose 1876 Holyhead-Dublin, 1894 scrapped after engine breakdown. 1,177
Rosstrevor 1895 Holyhead-Dublin / Greenore, 1926 scrapped. 1,065
Scotia (1) 1902 Holyhead-Dublin, 1914 requisitioned, 1917 returned to service, 1920 renamed Menevia, 1928 sold to Isle of Man SP Co. 1,872
Scotia (2) 1921 Holyhead-Dublin, 1940 bombed and sunk at Dunkirk; loss of 330+ lives. 3,441
Shamrock 1876 Holyhead-Dublin, 1899 scrapped. 1,178
Slieve Bawn 1905 Holyhead-Dublin, 1935 scrapped. 1,061
Slieve Bloom 1907 Holyhead-Dublin / Greenore, 1918 sunk off Anglesey in collision with US warship. 1,166
Slieve Donard 1922 Holyhead-Dublin, 1954 scrapped. 1,116
Slieve Gallion 1908 Holyhead-Dublin, 1937 scrapped. 1,166
Slievemore 1904 Holyhead-Dublin, 1932 scrapped. 1,053
Snowden 1902 Holyhead-Dublin / Greenore, 1935 scrapped. 1,021
South Stack 1900 Holyhead-Dublin / Greenore, 1931 scrapped. 977
Stanley 1864 Holyhead-Dublin, 1888 sold to Irish National Steamboat Co. 782
Violet 1880 Holyhead-Dublin, 1902 sold to Liverpool & Douglas Steamers Ltd. 1,035

Midland Railway Company

The Midland Railway Company started Heysham - Belfast sailings in 1904. In 1907 they took over the fleet of the Barrow Steam Navigation Company. They in turn were taken over by the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923.

Funnel:
1904-1923 red funnel, white band below black top.
1923-1925 buff funnel, red band below black top.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Antrim 1904 Heysham-Belfast, 1928 sold to Isle of Man SP Co., renamed Ramsey Town. 2,100
City of Belfast 1893 built in 1893 Barrow-Belfast, 1907 taken over with Barrow SN Co, 1925 sold to Greece, renamed Nicolaos Togias. 1,055
Donegal 1904 Heysham-Belfast, 1917 torpedoed and sunk in English Channel while a hospital ship. 1,997
Duchess of Devonshire 1897 1907 taken over with Barrow SN Co, Barrow-Belfast, 1928 sold to Bland, Gibraltar, renamed Gibel Dersa. 1,265
Londonderry 1904 Heysham-Belfast, 1927 transferred to Angleterre - Lorraine - Alsace Line, renamed Flamand, Tilbury - Dunkirk, 1936 scrapped. 2,086

Hull & Netherlands Steam Ship Company

The Hull & Nederlands Steam Ship Company was formed in 1894 to run services between Hull and Dutch ports. In 1908 they were taken over by the North Eastern Railway (NER). NER became part of the London & North Eastern Railway in 1923. Shipping interests were managed by Associated Humber Lines in 1935.

Funnel:
1845-1848 white, black top.
1848- buff, black top.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Jervaulx Abbey 1908 Hull-Rotterdam, 1936 sold to China renamed Houlee. 1,188
Kirkham Abbey 1908 Hull-Rotterdam, 1918 torpedoed and sunk in North Sea. 1,166
Melrose Abbey 1929 Hull-Rotterdam, 1958 renamed Melrose Abbey II, 1959 sold to Greece, renamed Kriti. 1,908
Melrose Abbey II   see Melrose Abbey.  
Rievaulx Abbey 1907 Hull-Rotterdam, 1916 mined and sunk off Hull. 1,166
Sea Gull 1892 1894 transferred from Hull Steam Packet Co, 1911 sold to Turkey, renamed Millet. 817
Selby Abbey   see Swift.  
Swallow 1899 Hull-Rotterdam, 1910 sold to Italy, renamed Roma. 1,004
Swan 1899 Hull-Rotterdam, 1910 sold to Holland, renamed Minister Tak Van Poortvliet. 1,106
Swift 1902 Hull-Rotterdam, 1908 renamed Selby Abbey, 1913 sold to Gerhard & Hay, Riga, renamed Triton. 1,106
Whitby Abbey 1907 Hull-Rotterdam, 1936 scrapped. 1,188

Bailey & Leetham, Hull

see Bailey & Leetham

Wilson's & North Eastern Railway Shipping Company

see Wilson Line.

London & North Eastern Railway Company

The London & North Eastern Railway Company was formed 1923 by the amalgamation of the Great Central Railway, Great Eastern Railway and the Great Northern Railway Companies. In 1948 the company became part of the British Transport Commission. The ships were taken over by Stena Sealink in 1979.

Funnel:
1923-1948 buff, black top.

Fleet: - excluding ships taken over by amalgamation.
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Amsterdam (1) 1930 Harwich-Hook of Holland, 1941 sold to Ministry of War Transport, 1944 mined and sunk off Normandy. 4,220
Amsterdam (2) 1950 Harwich-Hook of Holland, 1969 sold to Bermuda, renamed Fiorita. 5,092
Arnhem 1947 Harwich-Hook of Holland, 1969 scrapped. 4,891
Avalon 1963 Harwich-Hook of Holland, 1974 converted to car ferry Fishguard-Rosslare, 1980 scrapped. 6,584
Cambridge Ferry 1963 Harwich-Zeebrugge, 1987 Dover-Dunkirk, 1992 sold to Malta, renamed Ita Uno. 3,294
Essex Ferry 1957 Harwich-Zeebrugge, 1983 scrapped. 3,242
Norfolk Ferry 1951 Harwich-Hook of Holland, 1967 Harwich-Dunkirk, 1983 scrapped. 3,137
Prague 1930 Harwich-Hook of Holland, 1939-1945 requisitioned, 1947 burned out and sank while being refitted. 4,220
Speedlink Vanguard 1973 ex- Stena Shipper, 1980 taken over from Stena Cargo Line and renamed, Harwich-Zeebrugge, 1987 transferred to Cayman flag, renamed Caribe Express. 2,514
St. Edmund 1974 Harwich-Hook of Holland, 1982 troopship in Falklands War, 1983 sold to Ministry of Defence. 8,987
St. George 1968 Harwich-Hook of Holland, 1984 sold to Cyprus, renamed Patra Express. 7,356
St. Nicholas 1982 ex- Princessan Birgitta, 1991 taken over with Sessan Line, and renamed, Harwich-Hook of Holland, 1991 renamed Stena Normandy, Southampton-Cherbourg, 1993 still in service. 17,043
Stena Normandy   see St. Nicholas.  
Suffolk Ferry 1947 Harwich-Zeebrugge, 1980 scrapped. 3,314
Vienna 1929 Harwich-Hook of Holland, 1941 sold to Ministry of War Transport became troopship. 4,227

London Midland & Scottish Railway

The London Midland & Scottish Railway was formed in 1923 by the amalgamation of the Midland Railway Company, London & North Western Railway (including the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway), Caledonian Railwayl and the Glasgow & South Western Railway. They became part of the British Transport Commission in 1948 and became Sealink in 1979. In 1990 the fleet was sold and became Sealink Stena Line.

Funnel:
1923-1925 buff funnel with red band below black top.
1925-1948 buff, black top.

Fleet: (excluding ships taken over by amalgamation)
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Cambria 1949 Holyhead-Dublin, 1976 sold to Saudi Arabia, renamed Altaif. 4,972
Duke of Argyll (1) 1928 Heysham-Belfast, 1955 renamed Duke of Argyll II, 1956 scrapped. 3,604
Duke of Argyll (2) 1956 1975 Heysham-Belfast, 1975 sold to Cyprus, renamed Neptunia. 4,972
Duke of Argyll II   see Duke of Argyll (1)  
Duke of Lancaster (1) 1928 1955 Heysham-Belfast, 1955 renamed Duke of Lancaster II, 1956 scrapped. 3,608
Duke of Lancaster (2) 1956 1979 Heysham-Belfast, 1979 sold to Empirewise, Liverpool. 4,979
Duke of Lancaster II   see Duke of Lancaster (1)  
Duke of Rothesay (1) 1928 Heysham-Belfast, 1955 renamed Duke of Rothesay II, 1956 scrpped. 3,606
Duke of Rothesay (2) 1956 Heysham-Belfast, 1967 Fishguard-Rosslare, 1975 scrapped. 4,780
Duke of Rothesay II   see Duke of Rothesay (1)  
Duke of York 1935 Heysham-Belfast, 1942 became HMS Duke of Wellington, 1945 reverted to Duke of York, 1948 Harwich-Hook of Holland, 1963 sold to Greece, renamed Fantasia. 3,743
Earl Leofric   see Holyhead Ferry I  
Hibernia 1949 Holyhead-Dublin, 1976 sold to Greece, renamed Express Apollon. 4,973
Holyhead Ferry I 1965 Holyhead-Dublin, 1976 cross Channel service renamed Earl Leofric, 1981 scrapped. 3,879
St. Columba 1977 Holyhead-Dublin, 1991 renamed Stena Hibernia, 1993 still in service. 7,836
Stena Hibernia   see St. Columba.  
Stena Sea Lynx 1993 catamaran, Holyhead-Dublin (110 minutes), still in service. 3,012

Zeeland Steamship Company

The Zeeland Steamship Company was formed in 1875 in Holland to operate a Flushing-Sheerness service. In 1911 the English terminal moved to Folkestone and in 1914 to Tilbury / Gravesend. The service was transferred to Harwich in 1927 and from Flushing to the Hook of Holland in 1946. The company was acquired by Stena Line in 1989.

Funnel:
1875 black.
1876-1887 Dark yellow with thin black top.
1887-1915 buff with normal black top.
1915-1919 Buff with broad red, white and blue bands
1920-1939, 1946-1989 black top added with touching red, white and blue bands narrowed.
1989 gold crown added to buff.
1990 white with very broad red band containing white 'S'.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Aurora   see Stad Middelburg.  
Duitschland 1886 Flushing-Queensborough, 1914 renamed Zeeland, 1922 scrapped. 1,653
Engeland 1887 Flushing-Queensborough, 1910 scrapped. 1,648
Koningin Beatrix 1986 Harwich-Hook, 1993 still in service. 31,189
Koningin Emma 1939 1940 became HMS Queen Emma, 1946 reverted to Koningin Emma, Harwich-Hook, 1968 scrapped. 4,135
Koningin Juliana 1967 Harwich-Hook, 1985 sold renamed Tromp. 6,882
Koningin Regentes 1895 Flushing-Queensborough, 1918 torpedoed and sunk while hospital ship. 1,947
Koningin Wilhelmina (1) 1895 Flushing-Queensborough, 1916 mined and sunk. 1,943
Koningin Wilhelmina (2) 1960 Harwich-Hook, 1978 sold to Greece, renamed Captain Constantinos. 6,228
Mecklenburg (1) 1909 Flushing-Queensborough, 1911 Flushing-Folkestone, 1916 mined and sunk. 2,885
Mecklenburg (2) 1922 Flushing-Folkestone, 1927 Flushing-Harwich, 1946 Hook of Holland-Harwich, 1960 scrapped. 2,907
Nederland 1887 Flushing-Queensborough, 1910 scrapped. 1,660
Oranje Nassau 1909 Flushing-Queensborough, 1911 Flushing-Folkestone, 1926 Flushing-Harwich, 1952 scrapped. 2,885
Prins Hendrik (1) 1880 Flushing-Sheerness, 1902 scrapped. 1,573
Prins Hendrik (2) 1895 Flushing-Queensborough, 1922 scrapped. 1,945
Prinses Beatrix (1) 1939 Harwich-Hook, 1968 scrapped. 4,135
Prinses Beatrix (2) 1974 Harwich-Hook, 1985 sold to Brittany Ferries, 1986 renamed Duc De Normandie. 9,355
Prinses Elisabeth 1878 Flushing-Sheerness, 1896 chartered to Germany renamed Prinzess Elisabeth, 1898 sold to Sweden, as Prinses Elisabeth. 1,545
Prinses Juliana (1) 1909 Flushing-Queensborough, 1911 Flushing-Folkestone, 1916 mined, beached and wrecked near Folkestone. 2,885
Prinses Juliana (2) 1920 Flushing-Folkestone, 1927 Flushing-Harwich, 1940 bombed and sunk at Flushing. 2,908
Prinses Marie 1877 Flushing-Sheerness, 1896 chartered to Germany renamed Prinzess Marie, 1898 sold to Germany renamed Germania. 1,566
Stad Breda 1863 ex- Snaefell, 1875 purchased from Isle of Man SP Co. and renamed, Flushing-Sheerness, 1888 scrapped. 604
Stad Vlissingen 1865 ex- Northern, (American Civil War blockade runner), 1875 purchased and renamed, Flushing-Sheerness, 1879 wrecked Flushing. 1,622
Stad Middelburg 1865 ex- Southern, (American Civil War blockade runner), 1875 purchased and renamed Stad Middelburg, Flushing-Sheerness, 1881 renamed Aurora, 1889 scrapped. 1,622
Stena Seatrader 1973 ex- Svea Link, 1988 taken over from Sweden and renamed, 1990 Harwich-Hook, 1993 still in service. 6,621
Stena Britannica 1981 ex- Silvia Regina, 1990 taken over from Swedish Johnson Line and renamed, 1991 Harwich-Hook, 1993 still in service. 25,905
Willem Prins Van Oranje 1883 Flushing-Sheerness, 1909 scrapped. 1,573
Zeeland (1)   see Duitschland.  
Zeeland (2) 1973 ex- Peter Wessel, 1984-85 chartered from Admiral Shipping, Nassau and renamed , Harwich-Hook, 1985 returned to owners. 6,801

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