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Victoria leaving Ardrossan in the 1890s in a photograph by kind courtesy of Hamish Coutts ABIPP
Launched on May
26th 1886 by Blackwood and Gordon
Engines : Simple double diagonal 40 and 40 in x 66 in
Dimensions : 222.4 ft x 23.1 ft
341 Gross Registered Tons
Built for Gillies and
Campbell primarily for excursion work from their Wemyss Bay base
This use aggravated the relationship between Capt.Campbell and the
railway company with whom G & C provided connections.
In 1890 when the Caledonian Railway put their own vessels at Wemyss
Bay, PS Victoria was sold for use at Belfast.
Returned to the Clyde in 1892 for the Scottish Excursion Steamer Co
Ltd. and immediately reboilered.
Placed on the Fairlie - Campbeltown run in association with the
Glasgow & South Western Railway.
Withdrawn after the 1893 season
Appeared in 1894 for the Victoria Steamboat Association running
between Great Yarmouth and Harwich
Returned to the Clyde in 1897 for The Clyde Steamers Ltd and gained
extreme notoriety as a "Sabbath Breaker", sailing on Sundays.
Sunday sailing led to legal battles and battles with pier owners and
Victoria was withdrawn after the 1897 season
The Clyde Steamers Ltd
British Paddle Steamer