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Swanage & Poole Steam Packet Co
Bournemouth & South Coast Steam Packet Co
Formed in 1877 by David
Sydenham to run steamers from Bournemouth, where PS Heather Bell had
proved successful in maintaining a connection to Swanage. Between
1877 and 1881, chartered tonnage was obtained but for the 1881 season
PS Lord Elgin was purchased second hand from Firth of Forth owners
and in 1884, the new PS Bournemouth was placed on station.
Bournemouth had an unfortunate short career, runnning aground at
Portland in 1886 and being totally wrecked, happily without loss of
The company continued to operate until financial difficulty forced an
accommodation with Cosens & Co which had come to the Bournemouth
station and had gradually become the dominant competitor. Joint
sailings were advertised in 1901 and Brodick Castle was transferred
to Cosens ownership. However, in 1909, their remaining steamer Lord
Elgin, plus the goodwill of their business was sold to Cosens'
rivals, the Southampton, Isle of Wight & South of England Royal
Mail Steam Packet Company.
Princess Helena (on charter in 1886)
Southampton, Isle of Wight & South of England Royal
Mail Steam Packet Company