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Audrey

Built : 1897 by Armstrong, Whitworth of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Engines : Built by Wallsend Slipway and Engineering at Wallsend
Compound Diagonal : 17 and 34 in x 42 in
Length : 126 ft : Breadth : 21.1 ft : 203 GRT


Built for the local Tyne General Ferry Company
Sold to the City of Cork Steam Packet Company for use in Ireland in 1909. 
In 1913 she sailed for the Cork & Blackrock Passage Railway Co
Purchased by Captain Shippick in 1914 for service out of Bournemouth, serving Boscombe, Poole, Swanage and Studland to replace his burnt-out paddle steamer Studland Belle
Captain Shippick operated these ships on his own account having left the employement of Cosens & Co
Although officially Audrey, she was marketed as New Studland Belle, sailing for the 1914 season only before requisition by the Admiralty
During the war she was used for services on the Medway and Thames with Captain Shippick as master
Released from Admiralty duty in July 1922 and returned to the ownership of Captain Shippick, who was a driving force establishing the New Medway Steam Packet Company
Served on the Medway and Thames Estuary from Rochester to Southend and to the Kent resorts
Scrapped by TW Ward at Grays, Essex, after the 1929 season


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