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A number of vessels operated passengers services (including
excursions) and small freight services (eg market gardeners bring goods to
market) on the Tamar from Plymouth up to Gunnislake etc. In the mid to late
1800s there was healthy business and a few operators who then were taken over
and the Saltash, Three Towns and District Steamboat Company Ltd was formed as the (near) monopoly operator.
They had two ships, Prince Edward and Alexandra which were built around 1905 and lasted until scrapped in 1928. These augmented the existing fleet which included Empress and Princess Royal. Empress was built in 1880 (and lasted until around 1930)