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London, Brighton & South Coast Railway


Cross-Channel Ferry Service

Marseilles (1864-1887, sold)
Paris
(1875-1888, sold)
Brighton (1878-1894, sold)
Victoria (1878-1887, wrecked)

Marseilles
Built in 1864 by C Lunglay & Co of London
Length 213.9 ft  :  425 GRT
Engine : 2 x 1 cyl. oscillating 52 x 57 in

Paris
Launched on June 15th 1875 by John Elder & Co, Govan, Scotland
Length  220 ft : 483 GRT
Engine : Twin cylinder oscillating : 41 and 72 in x 60 in

Brighton
Built in 1878 by John Elder & Co, Govan
Length : 221' 3" - Breadth : 27' 7"
531 Gross Registered Tons
Engine : Compound  48 and 83 in x 60 in

Victoria
Built in 1878 by John Elder & Co, Govan
Length : 221' 3" - Breadth : 27' 7"
534 Gross Registered Tons
Engine : Compound  48 and 83 in x 60 in




From 1880  : South Western and Brighton Railway Companies Steam Packet Service
in conjunction with the London & South Western Railway

Operated cross channel services primarily between Newhaven and Dieppe (in conjunction with the Chemins de Fer de l'Ouest), but also out of Littlehampton, Shoreham and Honfleur

To 1887/8 : Victoria, Marseilles and Paris
To 1894 : Brighton

New Build :

Brittany (1882-1904)
Normandy (1882-1902, sold)
Rouen (1888-1903, sold)
Paris (1888-1912, sold)

Brittany and Normandy
Built by John Elder & Co of Govan (Fairfield yard)
231 ft x 27.7 ft : 605 GRT
Engine :  Compound diagonal  46 and 83 in x 60 in
Brittany was withdrawn and broken up in 1904
Normandy was sold in 1902 to Liverpool and came to the Bristol Channel in 1904 for John Richards of Swansea. Broken up in 1909 

Rouen and Paris
Built by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering of Govan 
250.6 ft x 29.1 ft  :  838 GRT
Engine : Compound diagonal  46 and 83 in x 72 in
Rouen
was sold in 1903 for service between Barrow and the Isle of Man for the Barrow Steam Navigation Company and was renamed Duchess of Buccleugh and served until late 1909
Paris was sold to Shipping Federation Ltd of Newhaven. Saw wartime service as a minsweeper named HMS Verdun (later Verdun II). Scrapped in 1924




Isle of Wight Ferry Services : Operated jointly by the L, B & SC Railway and the London & South Western Railway


Portsmouth - Ryde Ferry Service

Alexandra (1880-1913)
Built in 1879 by Scott & Co of Greenock.  171 x 20.2 ft : 235 GRT : Engines Compound - 25 and 50 x 54 inch
Purchased from the Port of Portsmouth and Ryde United Steam Packet Co in 1880. Sold in 1913. various subsequent owners as Alexis, Alexandra and Show Boat. Scrapped 1934

Victoria
(1881-1899)
Double ended ferry built by Aitken & Mansell of Glasgow.  191.9 x 25.1 ft : 366 GRT : Engines Compound - 32 and 57 x 54 inch
Sold to the Southampton company (Red Funnel)

Duchess of Connaught
(1884-1910)
Double ended ferry built by Aitken & Mansell of Glasgow.  190.6 x 26.1 ft : 342 GRT : Engines Compound - 32 and 55 x 60 inch
Withdrawn and scrapped in 1910

Duchess of Edinburgh (1884-1910)
Double ended ferry built by Aitken & Mansell of Glasgow.  190.6 x 26.1 ft : 342 GRT : Engines Compound - 32 and 55 x 60 inch
Withdrawn and scrapped in 1910

Duchess of Albany (1889)

Princess Margaret (1893)

Duchess of Kent (1897)

Duchess of Fife (1899)

Duchess of Richmond (1910-1916, sank near the Dardanelles, Turkey in 1919 when under tow after hitting a mine during clearing operations)
Built by D & W Henderson of Glasgow. 190.2 x 26.1 ft : Compound - 27 and 51 x 54 inch
The wreck was discovered in 2019 to the south of Imbros Island

Duchess of Norfolk (1911)

After railway amalgamation in 1923, the operation became part of the Southern Railway and the remaining paddlers were transferred to the new company




Lymington - Yarmouth Ferry Service

Vessels taken over from the private owner (Solent) and the Solent Steamship Company (Mayflower)

Solent
(1884-1901, originally built in 1863) :  Length 85.4 ft : 56 GRT : by G & J Inman of Lymington
Mayflower (1884-1905, originally built in 1866)   :  Length 98.3 ft : 69 GRT : by Marshall Bros, Willington Quay, North Tyneside

New build

Lymington (1893) : Length 120.2 ft : 130 GRT : by Day, Summers & Co, Southampton. Engines  Compound diagonal 24 and 40 in x 36 in
Solent (1902) :  Length 135.5 ft : 161 GRT : by Mordey, Carney & Co, Southampton. Engines  Compound diagonal 17 and 32 in x 42 in

After railway amalgamation in 1923, the operation became part of the Southern Railway and the remaining paddlers were transferred to the new company

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