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Lorna Doone (ex - Queen of Kent, ex - HMS
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
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
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
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
Steam Packet Co
Southampton, Isle of Wight and South
of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company
British Paddle Steamer