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Morecambe Bay
Morecambe Bay, in the north west of England lies just to the south of the Lake District, England's most spectacular scenic area, and a long-established National Park. Despite it's proximity to such a popular tourist area, there has never been any substantial local pleasure steamer service, although the local Furness Railway Company did provide paddle steamer services between Barrow and Fleetwood, and links were provided to the large seaside resort of Blackpool, from where local operators also sent ships into the Bay.

Barrow, but more importantly, Morecambe and Fleetwood were departure points for longer sea crossings to the Isle of Man and to Northern Ireland, served by steamship subsidiaries of the various railway companies with railheads at the coast.

The Barrow Steam Navigation company ran services to the Isle of Man and Belfast.
Their Manx Queen (ex Duchess of Edinburgh of 1880 bought from the South Eastern Railway's Dover-Calais service) ran from 1890 to 1907 and the Duchess of Buccleugh (purchased from the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway's Newhaven-Dieppe service) ran from 1903 to 1907

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company became the only operator to the island capital, Douglas, after the grouping and ultimate unification of Britain's railways and having come under state-controlled Railway ownership itself. Following the privatisation of the railways, the Company retains its position on the route out of it's mainland base at Heysham. Modern car ferries now run in succession to paddlers and turbine steamers. The IoM SP Co's Mona's Queen of 1885 was the last paddler in service when withdrawn after the 1929 season and the last paddle steamer on any short sea route from the British mainland


Furness Railway Company



Above : Lady Moyra was the last and the premium paddle steamer based in Morecambe Bay running between Barrow and Fleetwood although she was a second-hand purchase from the Barry Railway Co of South Wales. With a short life on the Bay before being requisitoned by the Admiralty for minesweeping duties in World War I, she did not return to service being sold back to Bristol Channel interests. She was sunk at Dunkirk in 1940
From a postcard view


Lady Evelyn (1900-1918)
Lady Margaret (1903-1908)
Philomel (1907-1913)
Lady Moyra (1910 - sold after World War I)

The Furness Railway Company also operated the paddle tug PS Walney which was used for passenger transportation.
Morecambe Steamboat Company (1872-1908)

Roses (1876-)
Sunbeam
(1885-1908)
Express (1892-1898)

Lancashire & Yorkshire Rly / London & North Western Rly
Also operated out of Blackpool

Lune
(1892-1913)
S Cordingley / W.A and P Cordingley
Purchased an old steamer from the North British Railway's Clyde services, built in 1877and used for one unsuccessful season before being sold for scrapping

Isle of Bute (1912-1913)

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