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P.S. Jeanie Deans

Above: Jeanie Deans as she appeared in the early 1960s - Photo by Alexander Bain (by courtesy of Donald Bain)
Launched on April 7th, 1931 by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co at Govan, Glasgow
Engines : Three-crank diagonal triple expansion 26, 41.5 and 66 in x 60 in stroke
Dimensions : 250'6" x 30'1"
635 Gross Registered Tonnes (as built) - 814 (in final condition)

LNER remained with paddle vessels due to draft restrictions at Craigendoran
Three-crank engine introduced for first time on a Clyde steamer, with impressive speed resulting
Appearance changed in 1932 with longer, differential funnels and forward deckhouse
Extensively refitted after war service, including new deckhouses, and tonnage increased to 814
Although no longer as quick, she remained a passenger favourite on cruises from Craigendoran.
Converted to oil during the winter of 1956/7. Radar fitted in 1960.
Withdrawn after the 1964 season
Sold in 1965 to an enthusiast entrepreneur for further cruising and sailed to the River Thames in England
Renamed "Queen of the South" for the Coastal Steam Packet Company Ltd on behalf of owner Don Rose
Remained on the Thames in 1966 and 1967 but technical problems made the new venture a failure
Left the Thames in December 1967 for breaking up at Antwerp, Belgium

More photos of Jeanie Deans and webmaster's review of her career - written in 2007

Jeanie Deans 1931-1967 An Illustrated Biography
By Fraser MacHaffie
Published in 1977 by Jeanie Deans Publications
Detailed story of this favourite steamer

Classic Scottish Paddle Steamers
Alan J S Paterson
Published in 1982 by David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Brunel House, Newton Abbot, Devon, UK
ISBN 0-7153-8335-3
Clyde story told through extended histories of twelve representative steamers

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