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The Fleets

Feeders part 1 | Feeders part 2 | Feeders part 3 | Feeders part 4 | Transmigration via Britain

Feeder Lines - Part 3

Caledonian Steam Packet Company

The Caledonian Steam Packet Company operated between 1866-1869 with services between Stranraer and Donaghadee / Belfast / Larne. The London & North Western Railway took over the service in 1869.

Funnel:
1866-1923 Yellow

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Alice 1857 ex- Confederate blockade runner, 1866 operated Stranraer - Ireland, 1869 sold to London & South Western Railway Co. 635
Fannie 1859 ex- Confederate blockade runner, 1866 operated Stranraer - Ireland, 1869 sold to London & South Western Railway Co. 699

British Transport Commission

Private railway company fleets were nationalised and came under the British Transport Commission in 1948.

Funnel:
Buff, black top.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Caledonian Princess 1961 Stranraer-Larne, Holyhead-Dublin, 1982 sold as leisure centre at Gateshead. 3,630
Stena Nordica 1965 1966 chartered for Larne-Stranraer, Ardrossan-Belfast, 1971 returned to Stena Line. 2,607

British Transport Ship Management (Scotland) Limited

The British Transport Ship Management (Scotland) Limited company was created in 1969 to operate Stranraer-Larne passenger services.

Funnel:
Red funnel, black top with British Railways insignia on red

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Ailsa Princess 1971 Stranraer-Larne, 1983 Weymouth-Cherbourg, 1985 renamed Earl Harold, 1990 sold to Bahamas (Greek registry) renamed Dimitra. 3,715
Antrim Princess 1967 1969 transferred from Caledonian SP Co, Stranraer-Larne, 1985 transferred to Isle of Man SP Co., renamed Tynwald. 3,270
Dalriada 1971 ex- Stena Trader, 1971 chartered for Stranraer-Larne, Heysham-Belfast and renamed Dalriada, 1980 reverted to Stena Line Stena Trader. 1,600
Darnia 1977 ex- Stena Topper, 1978 chartered for Stranraer-Larne and renamed Darnia, 1991 sold to Sweden. 2,807
Earl Harold   see Ailsa Princess.  
Ulidia 1971 ex- Stena Carrier, 1973 chartered for Stranraer-Larne and renamed Ulidia, 1981 transferred to Greece, renamed Auto Trader. 1,599

North British Steam Packet Company

The North British Steam Packet Company commenced Silloth-Dublin services in 1862. Sailings continued until 1868. The company also operated a Silloth-Liverpool feeder service.

Funnel:
1862-1902 Red Funnel, black top
1902-1923 Red funnel with broad white band below black top.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Ariel 1847 1862 purchased from J & G.Thomson, Glasgow, Silloth-Dublin, 1868 sold to Horsfall, Liverpool and converted to barque, then passed to Black Ball Line. 207
Waverley (1) 1864 Silloth-Dublin, 1864 returned to builders as unsatisfactory. 564
Waverley (2) 1865 Silloth-Dublin, 1868 sold to London & South Western Railway. 593

Portpatrick & Wigtownshire Railways Joint Committee

The Larne and Stranraer Steamboat Company operated sailings from 1872 and became the Portpatrick & Wigtownshire Joint Committee in 1890. The company became part of London Midland & Scottish Railway in 1923.

Funnel:
1871-1890 Red, black top
1890-1923 Buff
1923-1964 Buff, black top.
1964-1994 Sealink, then Stena

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Princess Beatrice 1875 Stranraer-Larne, 1904 scrapped. 556
Princess Louise 1872 Stranraer-Larne, 1890 sold to D. MacBrayne & Co. 497
Princess Maud 1904 Stranraer-Larne, 1932 scrapped after grounding. 1,746
Princess May 1892 Stranraer-Larne, 1914-1919 taken over by the Admiralty, 1921 scrapped. 1,123
Princess Victoria (1) 1890 Stranraer-Larne, 1910 scrapped. 1,096
Princess Victoria (2) 1912 Stranraer-Larne, 1914-1919 troopship, 1934 scrapped. 1,678

London Midland & Scottish Railway Company

The London Midland & Scottish Railway Company was formed in 1923 with the amalgamation of the fleets of Caledonian Steam Packet Company, Glasgow & South Western Railway Company, London Midland & Scottish Railway and London & North Western Railway Joint Committee. It became part of the British Transport Commission in 1948.

Funnel:
1923-1925 Buff with red band below black top.
1925-1950 Buff, black top.

Fleet: - (excludes ships taken over in amalgamation)
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Hampton Ferry 1934 Dover-Dunkirk, Stranraer-Larne, 1939-1940 became HMS Hampton, 1969 sold to Bermuda, renamed Tre-Addur. 2,839
Princess Margaret 1931 Stranraer-Larne, 1962 sold to Hong Kong, renamed Macau. 2,523
Princess Maud 1933 Stranraer-Larne, 1939-1945 trooping, 1965 sold to Cyprus, renamed Venus. 2,886
Princess Victoria (1) 1939 1940 mined and sunk off River Humber; loss of 36 lives. 2,197
Princess Victoria (2) 1946 Stranraer-Larne, 1953 capsized and sank in gale in Irish Sea; loss of 134 lives. 2,197

Sealink UK Limited

Sealink UK Limited was formed in 1979 to take over the remaining shipping interests of British Railways. In 1984 they were sold to Sealink Containers Limited.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Galloway Princess 1980 Stranraer-Larne, 1991 renamed Stena Galloway, 1994 still in service. 6,506
Stena Antrim   see St. Christopher.  
Stena Galloway   see Galloway Princess.  
St. Christopher 1981 Dublin-Holyhead, Dover-Ostend, 1990 renamed Stena Antrim, Stranraer-Larne, 1994 still in service. 7,399
Stena Caledonia   see St. David.  
St. David 1981 Dublin-Holyhead, Dover-Ostend, Stranraer-Larne, 1990 renamed Stena Caledonia, 1994 still in service. 7,196

Irish Railway Company

Belfast & County Down Railway Company

The Belfast & County Down Railway Company operated passenger sailings from 1893 between Belfast and Larne. The company ceased to own steamers in 1918.

Funnel:
1893-1914 Yellow.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Bangor Castle 1866 1893 purchased from J. Moore, 1894 sold to Plymouth Excursion SS Co. 246
Erin 1864 1864-1893 Belfast-Larne for other companies, 1893 purchased from Belfast, Bangor & Larne SB Co, 1894 scrapped. 259
Erin's Isle 1912 1915 requisitioned as minesweeper, 1918 scrapped. 633
Slieve Bearnagh 1894 1912 sold to D & J. Nichol, Dundee. 383
Slieve Donard 1893 Belfast-Larne, 1899 sold to P&A.Campbell. 341

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