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King Edward in a postcard view (Spencer 745) kindly supplied by Michael Brown from his collection


Built in 1901 by Wm Denny and Bros. at Dumbarton
Engines : 3 direct drive steam turbines by Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co of Newcastle
Dimensions : 250.5 ft x 30.1 ft
551 Gross Registered Tonnes

A truly revolutionary vessel - the world’s first passenger steamer driven by turbines.
Owned by the Turbine Steamer Syndicate (later Turbine Steamers Ltd) originally as an experimental venture
Speed and economy made turbine propulsion an instant success
Her speed was very useful on her regular long run to Campbeltown from Fairlie
Her speed also allowed Inveraray to be opened up as a regular cruise destination
Originally 5 screws (2 on each eing shaft), she was converted to three screws in 1906
Sailed as a troopship on the English Channel between 1915 and 1919 and also visited the While Sea in the Russian arctic.
After the war she was restored to the Cambeltown route, starting from Greenock and Gourock
From 1927 ran from Glasgow to Rothesay, offering cruises from the Bute resort for Williamson-Buchanan Steamers
Remained on the Clyde during World War II undertaking tendering duties
In 1946 she was back on the Rothesay route, remaining until her sale in June 1952
Four days after her sale she arrived at shipbreakers at Troon
One of her turbines is preserved at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

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King Edward : Model of the ship placed alongside the ship's bell and in front of one of her turbines in the Glasgow Riverside Museum (2012)
Photo by kind courtesy of Kenny Whyte

Bibliography
King Edward
By Leo Vogt
Published in 1992 by the Clyde River Steamer Club


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