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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 operatrors 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 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 it's 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 The IoM SP Co's Mona's Queen of 1885 was the last paddler in service when withdrawn after the 1929 season

Furness Railway Company

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)

SS Morecambe Queen (1872-1908)
PS Roses (1876-)
PS Sunbeam (1885-1908)
SS Britannia (1888-)
PS Express (1892-)

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

PS Lune (1892-1913)

S Cordingley / W.A and P Cordingley

PS Isle of Bute (1912-1913)
SS Robina

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