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Corfe Castle (ex - Mauretania, ex -
Launched on May 10th,
1902 by J Reid & Co at Glasgow
Engines : Compound diagonal by Barclay, Curle
Dimensions : 200.3 ft x 24.1 ft
345 Gross Registered Tonnes
Built for the Southampton, Isle of Wight & South
of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
After the "fast" Balmoral, the company reverted to a 15-knot vessel
of traditional design
Generally assigned to excursions although designed with short
fore-saloon open foredeck for the carriage of cars.
Aft promenade deck initially extended the full length and width if
the hull, but later cut back.
Alleyways retained around the main deck aft saloon
Requisitioned for war service in 1914 and in 1916 was sent to the
Returned to peacetime service in 1920
Assigned to the Bournemouth station for the Swanage ferry service in
1933 until withdrawal after the 1938 season.
Took the name Mauretania in 1936 to "reserve" it for use by the
Cunard White Star Line.
Sailed in 1938 under the name Corfe Castle.
Sold out of the fleet in December 1938 and scrapped in the
Netherlands during 1939.
Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet
British Paddle Steamer