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PS Lorna Doone (ex - Queen of Kent, ex - HMS Atherstone)
Built in 1916 by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co at Troon
Engines : Compound diagonal
Dimensions : 235.2 ft x 29.1 ft
798 Gross Registered Tonnes

Built for the Admiralty for World War I minesweeping duties
Laid up after the war and remained so until 1928 when bought by the New Medway Steam Packet Co
Operated on services from the Thames ports to the Kent and Essex coasts and to the French channel ports.
Laid up in 1939 but requisitioned as a minesweeper in September 1939.
Returned to peacetime service for the 1947 season and also spent 1948 on her Thames routes.
Sold to the Southampton, Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Co
Entered service on May 10th 1949 as the Bournemouth excursion vessel PS Lorna Doone.
Spent the 1950 season and the first part of the 1952 season at Bournemouth
Transferred to Southampton in July 1952 to replace her fire-damaged sister PS Solent Queen.
Whilst under refit in the winter of 1952, it was decided not to proceed and she was sold for scrapping.
Towed to Dover for scrapping on March 13th, 1952

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