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UK to France : Short Sea Ferry Services


French Services : Calais - Dover     Compagnie des Chemins de Fer du Nord : From 1923 SA de Gerance et d'Armeament
French sailings out of Calais were in the hands of the regional railway company



Above : Le Nord and sister ship Pas-de-Calais were the ultimate French cross-channel paddle ferries, with the latter appearing in 1899 as a dirct contemporary of the UK's last new vessel Mabel Grace which was on the Folkestone to Boulogne route. The French sisters were considerably larger and considerably longer-lived, surviving until 1923. This made them the last paddlers on the UK-France run by some considerable margin and their demise left only one paddle steamer on a cross-channel route : the Belgian steamer Princesse Clementine which sailed from Ostend (albeit as reserve steamer after 1923).
The twins were only marginally smaller than the UK's largest passenger paddle steamer (the exceptional Great Eastern excluded) Empress Queen which sailed primarily on the Irish Sea between Liverpool and Douglas (Isle of Man)  
The image is from a contemporary postcard and is in the public domain


Calais

1896
Withdrawn in 1911
Torpedoed and sunk in 1916

Le Nord
1898
Ateliers et Chantiers de la Loire, St Nazaire
Length 102.7 m  GRT 2038  Speed 21.5 kts
Seaplane transport during WWI
Transferred in 1920 to SA de Gerance et d'Armeament but remined on station
Stranded and lost on the south Foreland near Dover in May 1923

Le Pas de Calais
1899
Ateliers et Chantiers de la Loire, St Nazaire
Length 102.7 m  GRT 2038  Speed 21.5 kts
Seaplane transport during WWI
Transferred in 1920 to SA de Gerance et d'Armeament but remined on station
Withdrawn in 1923


The paddle steamers were replaced by two turbine steamers purchased from the South Eastern & Chatham Railway, Invicta (1905) and Empress (1907)


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