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The Fleets

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Feeder Lines - Part 2

Great Western Group

Passenger services comprised the Fishguard & Rosslare Railway Company which amalgamated with the Great Western Railway in 1923. They became part of the British Transport Commission in 1948 and ceased shipping operations in 1967.

Fishguard & Rosslare Railway Company

The Fishguard & Rosslare Railway Company commenced passenger operations between Fishguard and Rosslare in 1906. The main objective was to provide a fast service for passengers wishing to board major liners at Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland.

Funnel:
1896-1964 red funnel, black top.
1964 red funnel, black top, white letters FR on red.
1965 red funnel, black top with British Railways insignia on red

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Fishguard   see St. Andrew (1)  
Rosslare   see St. David (1)  
St. Andrew (1) 1910 Fishguard-Rosslare, 1930 renamed Fishguard, 1933 scrapped. 2,528
St. Andrew (2) 1932 Fishguard-Rosslare, 1937 scrapped. 2,702
St. David (1) 1906 Fishguard-Rosslare, 1932 renamed Rosslare, 1933 scrapped. 2,529
St. David (2) 1932 Fishguard-Rosslare, 1944 sunk at Anzio while hospital ship. 2,700
St. David (3) 1947 Fishguard-Rosslare, 1969 Holyhead-Dublin, 1971 sold to Greece, renamed Holyhead. 3,352
St. George 1906 Fishguard-Rosslare, 1913 sold to Canadian Pacific, 1917 requisitioned, 1919 sold to Great Eastern Railway. 2,546
St. Patrick (1) 1906 Fishguard-Rosslare, 1929 caught fire at Fishguard and scrapped. 2,531
St. Patrick (2) 1930 Fishguard-Rosslare and Weymouth-Channel Islands, 1941 bombed and sunk near Fishguard. 1,911
St. Patrick (3) 1947 Weymouth-Channel Islands, 1963 Southampton-St Malo / Havre, 1965 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1972 sold to Greece, renamed Thermopylae. 3,482

Great Western Railway Company

The Great Western Railway Company (GWR) commenced Milford Haven / Fishguard - Waterford (Cork), Ireland, passenger service in 1872. Weymouth - Channel Islands and French ports services started in 1889. In 1948 GWR became part of the British Transport Commission and shipping services finally ceased in 1967.

Funnel:
1872 Buff, black top.
1873-1964 Red, black top.
1965 British Rail funnel.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Antelope 1889 Weymouth-Channel Islands, 1910 Plymouth-Brest, 1913 sold to Greece, renamed Atromitos. 672
Bretonne 1893 ex- Chelmsford, 1910 purchased from Great Eastern Rly. and renamed Bretonne, Plymouth-Nantes, 1911 sold to Greece, renamed Esperia. 1,653
Gazelle 1889 Weymouth-Channel Islands, 1908 cargo only, 1925 scrapped. 672
Great Southern 1902 Milford-Waterford, 1934 scrapped. 1,339
Great Western (1) 1867 1872 taken over with Ford & Jackson, Milford-Waterford, Weymouth-Cherbourg, 1890 sold to N. Miller, Preston. 466
Great Western (2) 1902 Milford-Waterford, 1933 renamed G.W.R.20, 1934 scrapped. 1,225
Great Western (3) 1934 Fishguard-Waterford, 1959 cargo only, 1967 scrapped. 1,659
Ibex 1891 Weymouth-Channel Islands, 1925 scrapped. 1,062
Limerick (1) 1873 Milford-Waterford, 1874 wrecked on Irish coast. 914
Limerick (2) 1874 Milford-Waterford, 1902 scrapped. 914
Lynx 1889 Weymouth-Channel Islands, 1910 Plymouth-Nantes, 1925 scrapped. 672
Malakoff 1851 1872 taken over with Ford & Jackson, Milford-Waterford, 1884 scrapped. 441
Milford 1873 Milford-Waterford, 1901 scrapped after storm damage. 913
Pembroke 1880 Milford-Waterford-Cork, 1906 Fishguard-Rosslare, 1916 cargo only, 1925 scrapped. 927
Reindeer 1897 Weymouth-Channel Islands, 1928 scrapped. 1,193
Roebuck (1) 1897 Milford-Waterford, 1906 Fishguard-Rosslare, 1914 became HMS Roedean, 1915 sank after collision. 1,186
Roebuck (2) 1925 Weymouth-Channel Islands, 1942 became HMS Roebuck II, 1945 returned to owners, 1965 scrapped. 776
Sambur 1925 Weymouth-Channel Islands, 1942 became HMS Toreador, 1945 returned to owners, 1964 scrapped. 776
South of Ireland 1867 1872 taken over with Ford & Jackson, Milford-Waterford, Weymouth-Cherbourg, 1883 wrecked Dorset. 498
St. Helier 1925 Weymouth-Channel Islands, 1940 became HMS St. Helier, 1945 returned to owners, 1960 scrapped. 1,885
St. Julien 1925 Weymouth-Channel Islands, 1939 became hospital ship, 1946 returned to owners, 1961 scrapped. 1,885
Vulture 1864 1872 taken over with Ford & Jackson, Milford-Waterford, 1886 scrapped. 789
Waterford (1) 1874 Milford-Waterford, 1889 cargo only, 1905 scrapped. 912
Waterford (2) 1912 Milford-Waterford-Cork, 1924 sold to Philippines, renamed Panay. 1,204

Southern Railway Group

The Southern Railway Group was comprised of the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway Company; the London, Chatham & Dover Railway Company; the London & South Western Railway Company; the South Eastern Railway; and the South Eastern & Chatham Railway Company (joint fleet). These companies were all combined into the Southern Railway in 1923 and became part of the British Transport Commission in 1948. In 1979 the company became a part of Sealink UK Limited, and was acquired by Sea Containers Limited in 1984.

London, Brighton & South Coast Railway Company

The London, Brighton & South Coast Railway Company started Brighton - Dieppe passenger steamer sailings in 1847 and then added Newhaven - Dieppe. Littlehampton - Honfleur services started in 1870 and was later changed to Littlehampton - Dieppe. Later sailings operated from Southampton. In 1923 the company became part of Southern Railway.

Funnel:
1847-1867 Black
1867-1922 White, black top
1923- Buff, black top

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Alexandra 1863 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1883 sold to C. Daniel, London. 325
Arromanches 1940 taken over by Germans renamed Vichy, 1947 reverted to Arromanches, Newhaven-Dieppe, 1965 sold to Greece, renamed Leto. 2,404
Arundel 1900 Newhaven / Brighton-Dieppe, 1934 scrapped. 1,067
Ayrshire Lassie 1839 1851 acquired from J. Southern, Liverpool; Brighton-Newhaven-Dieppe service, 1851 sold. 169
Bordeaux 1865 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1890 sold to Bull & Co, Newhaven. 419
Brighton (1) 1847 Brighton-Dieppe, 1850 recorded as sold to Italy. 263
Brighton (2) 1878 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1893 sold. 531
Brighton (3) 1903 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1930 sold to Lord Moyne, converted to private yacht and renamed Roussalka. 1,129
Brittany 1882 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1902 sold to Liverpool & Douglas Steamers. 579
Calvados 1894 Newhaven-Caen, 1901 sold to General Steam Nav.Co., renamed Alouette. 570
Culloden 1845 1851 purchased from Denny Bros, 1851 resold to Denny Bros. 250
Dieppe (1) 1847 Brighton-Dieppe, 1849 recorded as sold to Bermuda. 123
Dieppe (2) 1855 Newhaven-Dieppe, Newhaven-St.Malo, 1870 not listed by Lloyds Register. 270
Dieppe (3) 1905 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1933 sold to Lord Moyne, converted to private yacht and renamed Rosaura. 1,210
France 1899 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1923 scrapped. 729
London 1853 Brighton-Newhaven-Dieppe, 1860 sold to Italy, renamed Generale Garibaldi. 341
Londres 1940 taken over by Germans renamed Lothringen, 1946 reverted to Londres, Newhaven-Dieppe, 1963 sold to Greece, renamed Ionion II. 2,404
Lyons 1856 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1878 cargo only, 1885 scrapped. 244
Manche 1897 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1913 sold to Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce, renamed Le Verdon. 978
Marseilles 1864 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1885 sold to Jones, Liverpool. 432
Newhaven (1) 1847 Brighton-Dieppe, 1849 sold to Aberdeen, Leith, Clyde & Tay Shipping Co. 123
Newhaven (2) 1911 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1947 scrapped. 1,655
Normandy 1882 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1902 sold to Liverpool & Douglas Steamers. 579
Orleans   1856 - 1878 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1878 scrapped. 270
Paris (1) 1852 Brighton-Newhaven-Dieppe, 1863 wrecked Jersey. 238
Paris (2) 1875 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1888 resold to builder as too slow. 483
Paris (3) 1888 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1912 sold to the Shipping Federation. 785
Paris (4) 1913 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1940 bombed and sunk at Dunkirk while hospital ship. 1,774
Prince Arthur 1896 Newhaven-Caen, 1901 sold to South Eastern & Chatham Rly, renamed Deal. 578
Rothesay Castle 1837 1851 purchased from Roxbrugh, 1851 sold to Denny Bros. 180
Rouen (1) 1853 Brighton-Newhaven-Dieppe, 1868 not listed by Lloyds Register. 260
Rouen (2) 1888 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1903 sold to Barrow SN Co., renamed Duchess of Buccleugh. 785
Rouen (3) 1912 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1947 scrapped. 1,656
Seaford 1894 Newhaven-Dieppe, sunk in collision off Newhaven with SS Lyon. 997
Seine 1891 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1906 sold renamed Celia. 808
Sussex 1896 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1920 sold to Greece, renamed Aghia Sophia. 1,565
Tamise 1893 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1913 scrapped. 953
Trouville 1894 Newhaven-Caen, 1901 sold to South Eastern & Chatham Rly, renamed Walmer. 570
Versailles 1921 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1945 scrapped. 1,903
Victoria 1878 Newhaven-Dieppe, wrecked near Dieppe; loss of 19 lives. 531

London, Chatham & Dover Railway Company

The London, Chatham & Dover Railway Company started passenger services between Dover and Calais in 1864 when they took over the fleet of Jenkins & Churchward. In 1899 the company amalgamated with the South Eastern & Chatham Railway Company.

Funnel:
1854-1860 Black
1861-1899 White, later with very thin black top.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Bessemer 1875 Dover-Calais, owned by Bessemer Saloon Ship Co but operated by LCDR in 1875 then returned to owner. 1,886
Breeze 1863 1864 taken over with Jenkins & Churchward, 1899 scrapped. 385
Calais 1896 Dover-Calais, 1911 sold to Hattemer, Boulogne, renamed Au Revoir. 979
Calais-Douvres (1)   see Express.  
Calais-Douvres (2) 1889 Dover-Calais, 1900 sold to Liverpool & Douglas Steamers. 1,212
Castalia 1874 1878 taken over from English Channel SS Co, Dover-Calais, 1883 sold to Metropolitan Asylums Board and converted to isolation hospital. 1,533
Dover 1896 Dover-Calais, 1911 scrapped. 979
Empress (1) 1854 1864 taken over with Jenkins & Churchward, Dover-Calais, 1878 scrapped. 196
Empress (2) 1887 Dover-Calais, 1906 scrapped. 1,213
Etoile du Nord 1862 1864 taken over with Jenkins & Churchward, Dover-Boulogne / Calais, 1880 renamed Petrel, 1899 scrapped. 503
Express 1878 1878 taken over from English Channel SS Co., renamed Calais-Douvres, 1887 laid up, 1891 sold and hulked. 1,924
Foam 1862 1864 taken over with Jenkins & Churchward, Dover-Boulogne / Calais, 1901 scrapped. 495
France 1864 Dover-Calais, 1899 scrapped. 365
Invicta 1882 Dover-Calais, 1899 scrapped. 1,282
John Penn 1860 Ostend-Dover, 1863 sold to Belgian State Railways, renamed Perle. 220
Lord Warden 1896 Dover-Calais, 1911 scrapped. 979
Maid of Kent 1861 1864 taken over with Jenkins & Churchward, Dover-Calais, 1898 scrapped. 364
Petrel   see Etoile du Nord.  
Pioneer 1854 ex- Queen, 1864 taken over with Jenkins & Churchward, Dover-Calais, 1878 sold to Price, London. 196
Prince   see Prince Imperial.  
Prince Frederick William 1857 1864 taken over with Jenkins & Churchward, Dover-Calais, 1874 sold to Potter, Liverpool. 219
Prince Imperial 1864 1864 - 1891 renamed Prince, 1899 scrapped. 338
Samphire 1861 1864 taken over with Jenkins & Churchward, Dover-Calais, 1899 scrapped. 336
Scud 1862 1864 taken over with Jenkins & Churchward, Ostend-Dover, Dover-Boulogne, 1867 approx. sold. 495
Victoria 1886 Dover-Calais, 1904 scrapped. 1,042
Wave 1863 1864 taken over with Jenkins & Churchward, 1899 scrapped. 385

London & South Western Railway Company

The London & South Western Railway Company started sailings in 1843 as the South Western Steam Navigation Company and was renamed New South Western Steam Navigation Company in 1846. The ships were leased to the L & SWR Company in 1848 and were taken over in 1863. In 1923 the company became part of Southern Railway.

Funnel:
1843-1845 Black
1846-1848 Black with white band.
1848-1923 Powdery yellow.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Alberta 1900 Southampton-Channel Islands / Le Havre, 1930 sold to Greece. 1,236
Alice 1857 ex- Confederate blockade runner, 1869 purchased from Caledonian Rly Co, 1887 hulked. 635
Alliance 1855 Southampton-Le Havre, 1900 scrapped. 400
Alma 1894 Southampton-Le Havre, 1912 sold to Eastern Shipping Co. 1,145
Ardena 1915 ex- HMS Peony, 1919 purchased from Admiralty and renamed Ardena, Southampton-Cherbourg / Caen, 1934 sold to Greece. 1,092
Atalanta 1864 Dover-Calais, 1864 sold for use as Confederate blockade runner. 418
Brittany 1864 Southampton-Le Havre, 1900 scrapped. na
Caesarea 1910 Southampton-Channel Islands, 1923 sold to Isle of Man SP Co., renamed Manx Maid. 1,505
Columbia 1894 Southampton-Le Havre, 1912 sold to Spain, renamed Sitges. 1,178
Courrier 1847 Southampton-Le Havre, 1885 scrapped. 255
Diana 1876 Southampton-St.Malo, 1895 wrecked. 745
Dispatch 1848 Southampton-Channel Islands-Granville, 1881 hulked. 314
Dora 1889 Southampton-Channel Islands, 1901 sold to Isle of Man SP Co., renamed Douglas. 813
Ella 1881 Southampton-Cherbourg, 1913 sold to the Shipping Federation. 820
Express 1847 Weymouth-Channel Islands-St.Malo, 1859 wrecked. 256
Fannie 1859 ex- Confederate blockade runner, 1869 purchased from Caledonian Rly Co, 1890 scrapped. 635
Frederica 1890 Southampton-Channel Islands / Le Havre, 1911 sold to Turkey, renamed Neylofer. 1,059
Hantonia 1912 Southampton-Le Havre, 1952 scrapped. 1,560
Havre 1856 Southampton-Le Havre, 1875 wrecked. 382
Hilda 1882 Southampton-St.Malo, 1905 wrecked near St.Malo; loss of 123 lives. 820
Laura 1885 Southampton-St.Malo / Cherbourg, 1927 sold to Bahamas, renamed City of Nassau. 641
Lorina 1918 Southampton-St.Malo, 1940 bombed and beached at Dunkirk evacuation. 1,504
Lydia 1890 Southampton-Channel Islands / Le Havre, 1920 sold to T. Sales. 1,059
Normandy 1863 Southampton-Channel Islands, 1870 sunk in collision with SS Mary; loss of 30 lives. 600
Normannia 1911 Southampton-Le Havre, 1940 bombed and sunk in Dunkirk evacuation. 1,567
Princess Ena 1906 Southampton-St.Malo / Caen, 1935 destroyed by fire off Jersey. 1,198
Sarnia 1910 Southampton-Channel Islands, 1918 torpedoed and sunk at Alexandria on Admiralty service. 1,498
South Western (1) 1843 Southampton-Channel Islands-St.Malo, 1863 sold. 204
South Western (2) 1874 Southampton-St.Malo, 1918 torpedoed and sunk in English Channel; loss of 24 lives. 657
Southampton 1860 Southampton-Le Havre, 1897 sold and scrapped. 585
Stella 1890 Southampton-Channel Islands, 1899 wrecked Channel Islands; loss of 100+ lives. 1,059
Vera 1898 Southampton-Channel Islands / Le Havre, 1933 scrapped. 1,136
Waverley 1865 1868 purchased from North British Rly Co, Southampton-Channel Islands, 1873 wrecked. 593
Wolf 1863 1871 purchased from G & J. Burns, Glasgow, Southampton-Cherbourg / St.Malo, 1896 became seamens' hospital. 731
Wonder 1844 Southampton-Channel Islands-St.Malo, 1873 scrapped. 250

South Eastern Railway Company

In 1854 the South Eastern Railway Company took over the fleet of the South Eastern & Continental SP Company and ran Folkestone / Dover-Boulogne / Ostend services. In 1899 the company merged it's fleet with the London, Chatham & Dover Railway to form the South Eastern & Chatham Railway Company joint fleet.

Funnel:
1843-1853 Black
1854-1899 White, black top.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Albert Edward 1862 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1893 wrecked Cap Gris Nez. 365
Albert Victor 1880 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1899 scrapped. 814
Alexandra 1864 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1889 sold to Scott, Calcutta. 203
Boulogne 1878 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1903 sold to British Central Africa Co. 407
Duchess of Edinburgh 1880 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1882 sold to Barrow SN Co., renamed Manx Queen. 812
Duchess of York 1895 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1904 scrapped. 996
Eugenie 1862 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1863 sold as Confederate blockade runner renamed Cornubia. 428
Folkestone 1878 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1903 scrapped. 398
Lord Warden 1847 1854 taken over with South Eastern & Continental SP Co fleet, Folkestone-Ostend / Boulogne, 1881 scrapped. 308
Louise Dagmar 1880 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1899 scrapped. 818
Mabel Grace 1899 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1909 scrapped. 1,289
Mary Beatrice 1882 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1900 scrapped. 803
Napoleon III 1865 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1890 scrapped. 345
Prince Ernest 1846 1854 taken over with South Eastern & Continental SP Co fleet, 1886 scrapped. 248
Princess Clementine 1846 1854 taken over with South Eastern & Continental SP Co fleet, Folkestone-Ostend, 1884 scrapped. 288
Princess Helena 1847 1854 taken over with South Eastern & Continental SP Co fleet, Folkestone-Ostend / Boulogne, 1881 scrapped. 302
Princess Mary 1844 1854 taken over with South Eastern & Continental SP Co fleet, Folkestone-Ostend, 1874 sold to Wilhelms, London. 192
Princess Maud 1844 1854 taken over with South Eastern & Continental SP Co fleet, Folkestone-Ostend, 1886 scrapped. 187
Princess of Wales 1898 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1910 sold to Argentina, renamed Rio Uruguay. 1,009
Queen of the Belgians 1844 1854 taken over with South Eastern & Continental SP Co fleet, Folkestone-Ostend / Boulogne, 1881 scrapped. 207
Queen of the French 1845 1854 taken over with South Eastern & Continental SP Co fleet, Ramsgate-Ostend, 1863 sold to Belgium, renamed Saphir. 215
Victoria 1861 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1895 scrapped. 359

South Eastern & Chatham Railway Company

The South Eastern & Chatham Railway Company was formed in 1899 by the merger of the fleets of the London, Dover & Chatham Railway and the South Eastern Railway. They ran services between Folkestone / Dover - Calais / Boulogne. In 1923 they became part of Southern Railway.

Funnel:
1899-1914 White, black top.
1914-1918 grey.
1918-1923 Black.

Fleet: (excluding ships of the constituent companies (qv))
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Biarritz 1914 1915-1918 taken over by Royal Navy, Folkestone / Dover - Calais / Boulogne, 1949 scrapped. 2,495
Canterbury 1901 Dover-Calais, 1926 sold to Lord Moyne, renamed Arpha. 561
Empress 1907 Folkestone / Dover - Calais / Boulogne, 1914-1918 taken over by Royal Navy, 1923 transferred to France. 1,689
Engadine 1911 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1914-1920 taken over by Royal Navy, 1933 sold to Philippines, renamed Corregidor. 1,676
Invicta 1905 Dover-Calais, 1923 transferred to France. 1,680
Maid of Orleans 1918 Folkestone / Dover - Calais / Boulogne, 1944 torpedoed and sunk in English Channel. 2,384
Onward 1905 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1918 sank after fire at Folkestone, 1920 hull sold to Isle of Man SP Co., rebuilt as Mona's Isle. 1,671
Riviera 1911 Dover-Calais, 1914-1920 taken over by Royal Navy, 1932 sold to Burns & Laird, renamed Laird's Isle. 1,674
The Queen 1903 Folkestone / Dover - Calais / Boulogne, 1916 captured and sunk by German destroyer. 1,676
Victoria 1906 Dover-Calais, 1914 became HMS Vindex, 1918 reverted to Victoria, 1928 sold to Isle of Man SP Co. 1,689

Southern Railway / British Transport Commission

The Southern Railway / British Transport Commission was created in 1923 by the merger of the London & South Western Railway; London, Brighton & South Coast Railway; and the South Eastern & Chatham Railway Companies. The Southern Railway took over all the fleets and routes of the constituent companies. In 1948 the company became part of the British Transport Commission and in 1979 the shipping interests were transferred to Sealink UK Limited.

Funnel:
1923-1965 Buff, black top.
1965- British rail funnel

Fleet: (excluding ships of the constituent companies (qv))
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Autocarrier 1931 Dover-Calais, 1954 scrapped. 822
Brighton (1) 1933 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1940 bombed and sunk while hospital ship at Dieppe. 2,391
Brighton (2) 1950 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1967 sold to Jersey Lines Ltd., renamed La Duchesse de Bretagne. 2,875
Brittany 1933 Jersey-St.Malo, 1963 sold to Finland, renamed Alandsfarjan. 1,445
Caesarea 1960 Weymouth-Channel Islands, Dover / Folkestone-Calais / Boulogne, 1980 sold to Panama, renamed Aesarea. 4,174
Canterbury 1929 Dover-Calais, 1946 Folkestone-Calais / Boulogne, 1965 scrapped. 2,912
Compiegne 1958 Dover-Dunkirk / Boulogne, 1981 sold to Greece, renamed Ionian Glory. 3,467
Dinard 1924 Southampton-Channel Islands, 1959 sold to Mariehamn, renamed Viking. 2,291
Dover 1965 Dover-Calais, 1977 renamed Earl Siward for Irish Sea services, 1982 sold to Cyprus, renamed Sol Express. 3,602
Earl Siward   see Dover.  
Falaise 1946 Southampton-St.Malo, 1974 scrapped. 3,710
Hampton Ferry 1934 Dover-Dunkirk, 1969 sold to Bermuda, renamed Tre-Arddur. 2,839
Invicta 1939 Admiralty service until 1945 then Dover-Calais, 1972 scrapped. 4,178
Isle of Guernsey 1930 Southampton-Channel Islands, 1961 scrapped. 2,143
Isle of Jersey 1930 Southampton-Channel Islands, 1960 sold to Libya renamed Libda. 2,143
Isle of Sark 1931 Southampton-Channel Islands, 1961 scrapped. 2,211
Isle of Thanet 1925 Dover / Folkestone - Calais / Boulogne, 1964 scrapped. 2,701
Lisieux 1952 Dieppe-Newhaven, Weymouth-Jersey-St.Malo, 1966 sold to Greece, renamed Apollon. 2,943
Lord Warden 1952 Dover-Boulogne, 1979 sold to Saudia Arabia, renamed Al Zaher. 3,333
Maid of Kent (1) 1925 Dover-Calais, 1940 bombed and sunk while hospital ship at Dieppe. 2,386
Maid of Kent (2) 1959 Dover-Boulogne, 1982 scrapped. 4,413
Maid of Orleans 1949 Folkestone-Boulogne, 1975 scrapped. 3,776
Normannia 1952 Southampton-Havre, Calais-Dover, 1978 scrapped. 3,543
Saint-Germain 1951 Dover-Dunkirk, 1989 scrapped. 3,400
Sarnia 1960 Weymouth-Channel Islands, 1978 sold to Supersave Supermarkets for duty free shopping service, renamed Aquamart. 4,174
Shepperton Ferry 1935 Dover-Dunkirk, 1972 scrapped. 2,839
St. Briac 1924 Southampton-Channel Islands, 1942 mined and sunk off Aberdeen; loss of 43 lives. 2,291
Twickenham Ferry 1934 Dover-Dunkirk, 1974 scrapped. 2,839
Vortigern 1969 Dover / Folkestone-Boulogne / Dunkirk, 1988 sold to Greece, renamed Milos Express. 4,371
Worthing 1928 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1955 sold to Greece, renamed Phryni. 2,288

Sealink and Stena Lines

The Sealink and Stena Lines took over the ships of the British Transport Commission in 1979, which were resold to Sea Containers Limited in 1984.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Anderida 1971 various routes, 1981 transferred to Greek flag renamed Truck Trader. 1,601
Channel Freeway 1979 ex- Trapezitza, 1982 purchased from Bulgaria and renamed, 1989 transferred to French flag renamed Fiesta, Calais-Dover, 1992 in service. 8,919
Earl Godwin 1966 ex- Svea Drott, 1974 chartered from Sweden and renamed Earl Godwin, Channel Islands service, 1990 sold to Italy, renamed Moby Baby. 3,999
Earl Granville 1973 ex- Viking IV, 1981 chartered from Finland and renamed, Channel Islands service, 1990 sold to Greece, renamed Express Olympia. 4,477
Earl William 1964 ex- Car Viking II, 1977 chartered from Thoresen Line and renamed Earl William, Channel Islands service, 1988 Irish Sea service, 1992 sold to Malta, renamed Pearl William. 3,765
Fantasia   see Fiesta.  
Felicity 1980 ex- Visby, 1989 acquired from Sweden, 1990 renamed Stena Felicity, Irish Sea service, 1992 still in service. 14,932
Fiesta 1980 ex- Tzarevetz, 1982 purchased from Bulgaria and renamed, 1989 renamed Fantasia, 1990 Calais-Dover, 1990 renamed Stena Fantasia, 1992 still in service. 8,919
Hengist 1972 Folkestone / Dover-Boulogne / Ostend, 1990 taken over by Stena Line renamed Stena Hengist, 1991 sold to Greece, renamed Romilda. 5,590
Horsa 1972 Folkestone / Dover-Boulogne / Ostend, 1990 taken over by Stena Line renamed Stena Horsa, 1992 sold to Greece, renamed Penelope A. 5,590
Seafreight Freeway 1981 ex- Stena Driver, 1986 chartered from Stena Line and renamed Seafreight Freeway, Dover-Dunkirk, 1988 sold to Bulgaria, renamed Serdika. 5,088
Seafreight Highway 1981 ex- Easy Rider, 1986 purchased and renamed Seafreight Highway, 1988 sold to Bulgaria, renamed Boyana. 5,088
Senlac 1973 Newaven-Dieppe, 1988 sold to Greece, renamed Apollo Express. 5,590
St. Anselm 1980 Dover-Calais, 1983 Irish Sea service, 1990 renamed Stena Cambria, Folkestone-Boulogne, 1992 still in service. 7,405
St. Brendan   see Stena Normandica.  
St. Christopher 1980 Irish Sea routes, 1981 Dover-Calais, 1990 renamed Stena Antrim, Irish Sea service, 1992 still in service. 7,399
St. David 1981 Irish Sea routes, 1990 renamed Stena Caledonia, 1992 still in service. 7,196
Stena Antrim   see St. Christopher.  
Stena Caledonia   see St. David.  
Stena Cambria   see St. Anselm.  
Stena Challenger 1990 Dover-Dunkirk / Calais, 1992 still in service. 18,532
Stena Fantasia   see Fiesta.  
Stena Felicity   see Felicity.  
Stena Hengist   see Hengist.  
Stena Horsa   see Horsa.  
Stena Invicta 1984 ex- Peder Paars, 1991 purchased from Denmark and renamed Stena Invicta, Dover-Calais, 1992 still in service. 19,763
Stena Normandica 1974 1979 chartered from Sweden, Irish Sea routes, 1985 renamed St. Brendan, 1990 sold to Italy, renamed Moby Vincent. 5,607
Stena Normandy 1982 ex- St. Nicholas, 1991 renamed Stena Normandy, Southampton-Cherbourg, 1992 still in service. 17,043

Compagnie de Chemins de Fer du Nord and Societe Nationale de Chemins de Fer Francais (SNCF)

The Compagnie de Chemins de Fer du Nord and Societe Nationale de Chemins de Fer Francais commenced cross Channel services in 1898 from Calais. In 1920 the service was taken over by Societe Anonyme de Gerance et d'Armement (SAGA). The SAGA services were absorbed in 1951 by SNCF (French State Railways). In 1967 they became partners with P&O (General Steam Navigation Company) which later took over management of the fleet.

Funnel:
1923-1948 Buff, black top.
1948-1987 red funnel, black top with italicised SNCF in white on red.

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Cote d'Argent 1932 Calais-Dover, 1940 captured by Germany renamed Ostmark, 1945 bombed and sunk off Denmark. 3,047
Cote d'Azur (1) 1930 Calais-Dover, 1940 bombed and sunk Dunkirk, raised by Germans renamed Elsass 2, 1945 mined and sunk off Samso. 3,047
Cote d'Azur (2) 1951 Calais-Dover, 1973 sold to Monaco renamed Azur, then Marie F. 4,037
Le Nord 1898 Calais-Dover, 1920 wrecked off South Foreland. 2,004
Le Pas de Calais 1898 Calais-Dover, 1923 scrapped. 2,004
Leopard 1968 Southampton-Havre, 1986 sold to Cyprus renamed Countess M. 6,014
SNCF Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Champs Elysees 1984 Calais / Boulogne-Dover, 1992 renamed Stena Parisien, Newhaven-Dieppe, 1992 still in service. 9,069
Chantilly 1965 Calais-Dover, 1988 sold to Greece, renamed Olympia. 3,400
Chartres 1973 Calais / Dunkirk-Dover, 1992 still in service. 4,800
Cote d'Azur (3) 1981 Calais-Dover, 1992 still in service. 8,862
Nord Pas de Calais 1987 Dover-Zeebrugge / Dunkirk, 1992 still in service. 13,727
Stena Londoner   see Versailles.  
Stena Parisien   see Champs Elysees.  
Transcontainer 1 1969 Dunkirk-Dover / Harwich, 1985 Dieppe-Portsmouth, 1986 sold to Greece. 2,760
Valencay 1965 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1985 sold to Greece, renamed Eptanisos. 3,430
Versailles 1974 ex- Stena Nautica, 1986 chartered from Stena Line and renamed Versailles, Newhaven-Dieppe, 1992 renamed Stena Londoner, still in service. 6,737
Villandry 1964 Newhaven-Dieppe, 1985 sold to Greece, renamed Olympia then Delos. 3,444

Societe Anonyme de Navigation Angleterre-Lorraine-Alsace (ALA)

The Societe Anonyme de Navigation Angleterre-Lorraine-Alsace was founded in 1926 jointly by SAGA (see above) and London Midland & Scottish Railway to run a service from Tilbury to Dunkirk. In 1928 management was taken over by Southern Railway and the service switched to Folkestone. The Dunkirk-Folkestone route was closed in 1936 and the remaining ships sold. The Twickenham Ferry and St.Eloi were nominally transferred to the company which was entirely taken over by British Rail in 1977.

Funnel:
1927-1936 Black

Fleet:
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Alsacien 1909 ex- Duke of Cumberland, Irish Sea service for Lancashire & Yorkshire and London & North Western Railway joint service, 1927 transferred to ALA renamed Alsacien, Tilbury / Folkestone-Dunkirk, 1936 scrapped. 2,052
Channel Entente   see St. Eloi.  
Flamand 1904 ex- Londonderry, Irish Sea service for Midland Railway Co, 1927 transferred to ALA renamed Flamand, Tilbury / Folkestone-Dunkirk, 1936 scrapped. 2,086
Lorrain 1908 ex- Rathmore, Irish Sea service for London & North Western Railway, 1927 transferred to ALA renamed Lorrain, Tilbury / Folkestone-Dunkirk, 1932 scrapped. 1,559
Picard 1909 ex- Duke of Argyll, Irish Sea service for Lancashire & Yorkshire and London & North Western Railway joint service. 1927 transferred to ALA renamed Picard, Tilbury / Folkestone-Dunkirk, 1936 sold to Skendaria Shipping Co., London, renamed Heliopolis. 2,052
St. Eloi 1975 Dunkirk / Calais-Dover / Boulogne, 1989 renamed Channel Entente, 1990 sold to Isle of Man SP Co., renamed King Orry. 4,649

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