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La Marguerite

Above : La Marguerite was the largest paddle steamer ever on coastal excursions in the UK although she was initially designed for taking passengers from the Thames across to France and Belgium. Shipbuilders Fairfield Engineering & Shipbuilding of Govan found they had to use her in one of their company-owned shipping lines after her first owners defaulted so she was allocated to the Liverpool & Northwestern Steamship Company. She ran for twenty years out of Liverpool to Landudno and piers in the Menai Straits. She was probably too large and definitely too expensive but offered a great degree of luxury on this popular tourist route.

Built in 1894 by Fairfield at Govan, Glasgow
Engines : Compound diagonal
Dimensions : 350.2 ft x 40 ft
1554 Gross Registered Tons

Considerably larger than any previous vessel on the Thames service, La Marguerite was mostly used on the France / Belgium run
She became an extremely popular vessel, but was expensive to run and never consistently profitable.
Withdrawn after the 1903 season and transfered back to the builders under mortgage, she was allocated to the Fairfield-owned Liverpool & North Wales Steamship Co
Served Llandudno, Beaumaris, Bangor and the Menai Bridge from Liverpool, remaining on station until 1925

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