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P.S. London Belle
London Belle PC MB.jpg
Clacton Belle in a post card view.  Many thanks to Michael Brown from whose collection this image comes
Launched on March 10 th 1893 by Wm Denny & Bros at Dumbarton
Engines : Triple expansion diagonal, 29.5, 44 and 64 in x 72 in
Dimensions : 249 ft x 30 ft
738 Gross registered Tonnes

Built for the London, Woolwich and Clacton-on-Sea Steamboat Co entering service from London to Clacton / Harwich in May 1893
In 1901 a passenger was killed after falling overboard near Tilbury - the only "Belle Steamers" fatality
As the Belle Steamer with the largest draught, she was prone to running aground near the shallow Clacton pier
Requisitioned by the Admiralty for minesweeping duties in May 1916, initially at Harwich, then going to Liverpool
Returned to the Thames in April 1919, but then taken as a hospital carrier to the White Sea, northern Russia
Finally released for civilian service in the summer of 1920 and chartered to Mr Kingsman, running to Walton-on-the Naze
Purchased by Mr Kingsman in 1921, selling on to the PSM Syndicate in 1922.
Scrapped at Grays in 1929

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