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PS Lord Elgin
Built in 1876 by Richardson, Duck & Co at Stockton-on-Tees.
Engines : Compound diagonal by T Richardson & Sons
Dimensions : 160 ft x 20 ft
203 Gross Registered Tons


Above : Lord Elgin leaving Bournemouth in her days as a passenger steamer. Photo from the Tom Lee collection, reporoduced with thanks

Built for John Kidd’s excursion services on the Firth of Forth.
Kidd established the Galloway Steam Packet Company to develop these services.
Moved south in 1881 to the Bournemouth & South Coast Steam Packets Ltd
The Bournemouth company was bought after the 1908 season by the Southampton & Isle of Wight company.
Lord Elgin was the one remaining steamer in this fleet.
Spent two seasons at Bournemouth on local excursion and Swanage ferry duties.
Converted to cargo carrying in 1911, remaining in service until 1955.
Sailed under her own steam to local scrapyard of Pollock, Brown & Co on May 13th, 1955

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