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Firth of Clyde, UK
Gillies & Campbell
James Gillies and son-in-law Alexander Campbell (not related to the more well-known captain of Kilmun and Bristol Channel fame) entered steamboat owning with PS Venus in 1868, a 16-year old vessel originally owned by Captain McKellar.

Gillies and Campbell became the successful operators of railway connections from Wemyss Bay from 1870 for twenty years in association with the Greenock & Wemyss Bay Railway Company, taking over the remaining vessels of the railway company's liquidated steamboat subsidiary.

They were to lose the business when the Caledonian Steam Packet Co, the steamboat subsidiary of the Caledonian Railway (owners of the Wemyss Bay rail line), took over the station as a result of Gillies & Campbell withdrawing services in a dispute over the share of the through fare revenue that was being given to the steamer operator.

Venus
Largs
Victory
Argyle
Lady Gertrude
Lancelot
Sheila
Adela
Bonnie Doon
Arran
Victoria

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