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North Wales


R & D Jones
Liverpool based operators. Purchased the cross-channel ferry Marseille and operated her on a range of cruises from Llandudno to Menai Bridge, Rhyl, Liverpool and Douglas


Marseilles
Built in 1864 by C Lungley & Co of London
Length 213.9 ft  :  425 GRT
Engine : 2 x 1 cyl. oscillating 52 x 57 in

Built for the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (later South Western & Brighton Railway Companies Steam Packet Service)
Purchased in 1887
Scrapped in 1891



Robert W Preston
Liverpool-based steamship owner

Vale of Clwyd  (1866-1881)
Built in 1865 by T B Seath & Co at Rutherglen
Engines : 2 cylinder : 1x  simple steeple 16 in &  1x simple diagonal 49 in x 48 in, single crank by A Campbell
Dimensions : 186.5 ft x 18.1 ft

Built for RW Preston of Liverpool for service on the North Wales coast but the sale failed to be completed
Operated by  Seath & Steele (Thomas Steel of Ayr) on excursions out of Ayr
Reboilered in 1869 amd 1876
Sold to the Thames & Channel Steamship Company in 1881 and on to the London Steamboat Company in 1883
Scrapped in 1888 after her owners were taken over by the Victoria Steamboat Association


Elwy (1866)
Built in 1866 by TB Seath & Co at Rutherglen
242 GRT
Built for RW Preston of Liverpool for Liverpool and North Wales service
Chartered by the Mayor of Limerick in the summer of 1867
Sold in 1868 for use in Turkey



Robert Gardner & Co
Manchester-based steamship owner, ran the paddle steamer Denbigh between Liverpool and Rhyl from 1860 to 1863 before selling the ship for blockade running in the USA, proving to be successful until destroyed in May 1865

Denbigh
Built by J Laird at Liverpool in 1860.  182.6 ft : 258 GRT



Llandudno and Caernarvon Steam Boat Company
Also operated out of Blackpool


Belle of Llandudno

Mr W Horton (1902) / Colwyn Bay & Liverpool Steamship Co (1903-1906).
Mersey Trading Co (1906-1907) / Walter Hawthorn (1908-1911)


Albion (under charter in 1902)
Rhos Colwyn (1903-1905)
Rhos Trevor (1906-1909)
Rhos Neigr (1906-1908)
Primrose (1906)
Daisy (1906-1907)
Snowdrop (1906-1907)
Rhos Colwyn (1907-1911)

Cambrian Shipping Co (1935)

Lady Orme

Ormes Cruising Co (1937-1938)

Lady Orme / Crestawave

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