FERRY HISTORYVESSEL HISTORYNAME ORIGIN

 

Details of Each Ferry and its Subsequent Fate

 

ALLEYN

Builder: Thames Iron Works Engine: Thames Iron Works. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 Sold (20/7/09) to George Martin, Dundee, Scotland. (Alistair Deayton - to Tay Steamboat Co. for use on Tay inc to Bridge of Earn) 1912 Sold to Frederick Walters, Newhaven; (Alistair Deayton - managed by RR Collard excursions from Southampton and occasional use on Seaview-Southsea ferry service) 1914 Sold to Bembridge & Seaview Steam Packet Co; (Alistair Deayton - chartered by group of Seaview residents for use on Seaview-Southsea ferry service. Uncertain if RN granted permission for use as such in 1915) 1916 Requisitioned by the Royal Indian Marine/War Office for use in Mesopotamia as PS 41, then PT 41; 1920 Acquired by Mr Semouha.

  

BOYDELL

Builder: Thames Iron Works Engine: Thames Iron Works. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 Sold (15/6/09) to the Royal Servian Privilege Steamship Co. (Serbia) for service on the Danube at Belgrade.

 

BRUNEL

Builder: Thames Iron Works Engine: Scotts Engineering Greenock (Tramscape gives engine builder as Thames Iron Works). 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 Sold (20/07/09) to the Millbrook Steamboat Company for service on the River Tamar at Plymouth. (Burtt gives: J. Parsons, Plymouth) (Alisdair Deayton gives date of 1910 and use as a market boat passenger/cargo service on Tamar to Calstock, and excursions) 1916 Requisitioned by the Royal Indian Marine/War Office for use in Mesopotamia as PS 42, then PT 42; 1920 Euphrates & Tigris S N Co; 1924 Mesopotamia Persia Corp; 1926 Scrapped.

  

BEN JONSON 

Builder: J.I. Thorneycroft, Southampton Engine: Scotts Engineering, Greenock 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 Sold (20/07/09) to to Dampfshiffgesellschaft der Vierwaldstattersee & left London on September 27th 1909. Towed to Duisburg in Germany, then sailed up the Rhine to Basel under her own power. Dismantled and taken overland to Luzern - extensively rebuilt for passenger service on Lake Luzern with small fore and aft deck saloons. Renamed PS RHEIN. 1939 Withdrawn after an unsuccessful service. 1942 The boiler was sold 1944 The engine was scrapped.1946.  Ship stripped to the hull. 1949 (February 2nd) Re-entered service as MV WALDSTATTER, with a new (Sulzer) diesel engine, screws instead of paddles and a new superstructure. 1995 (12th December) withdrawn from service, after which she lay at the SGV dock until being used as an accommodation ship. 2001 Scrapped at Beckenried

  

CARLYLE

Builder: Thames Iron Works Engine: Thames Iron Works 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 Sold (15/06/09) to George Martin, Dundee1911 Sold to Tay Steamboat Company, Dundee for service on the River Tay 1916 Requisitioned by the Royal Indian Marine/War Office for use in Mesopotamia as PS 44, then PT 44???? Sold to Euphrates & Tigris S N Co (also reported as to Anglo-Persian Oil Co); no subsequent trace

  

CAXTON

Builder: Napier Miller, Glasgow Engine: Scotts Engineering, Greenock 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 Sold (15/06/09) to a Mr C.A. Stewart & Co, London.

  

CHARLES LAMB

(Originally to be named BAYNARD) (Alistair Deayton states BAYNARD COLECHURCH) Builder: Napier Miller, Glasgow Engine: Scotts Engineering, Greenock1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 Sold to the City Steamboat Co and probably sailed on the Thames in the 1910 season.???? Sold to owners at Genoa, Italy, renamed ZULEMA. (Alisdair Deayton - Sold for use on Lake Lugano. Sailed to Genoa - overland to Porlezzo. Rebuilt with fore & aft saloons and entered service in 1911 as LOMBARDIA. Withdrawn 1921 unecconomical (coal). 1925 Broken up at Lugano).

  

CHAUCER 

Builder: Napier Miller, Glasgow Engine: Scotts Engineering, Greenock1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1907 - (www.clydesite.co.uk states 1909) Sold to the City Steamboat Company for further use on the Thames.1910 (www.clydesite.co.uk states 1914) Sold to owners at Nantes, France and renamed VILLE D'ANGERS.

 

CHRISTOPHER WREN

Builder: G. Rennie & Co., Greenwich (subcontracted from J.I. Thorneycroft, Southampton. Engine: Scotts Engineering Greenock. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 to 1914 sold to the City Steamboat Company for further use on the Thames. 1916 Requisitioned by the Royal Indian Marine/War Office for use in Mesopotamia as PS 43, then PT 43.1920 Euphrates & Tigris S. N. Co.1922 Scrapped

  

COLECHURCH

Builder: Napier Miller, Glasgow Engine: Scotts Engineering, Greenock. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 Sold (20/07/09) for service on Lake Lugano, sailing to Genoa before being transported overland. 1911 entered service under the name LOMBARDIA. 1921 withdrawn. 1925 Scrapped at Lugano

 

EARL GODWIN 

Builder: Napier Miller, Glasgow Engine: Scotts Engineering, Greenock. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 Sold to the City Steamboat Company for further use on the Thames.1914 Transferred to the Dumbarton & Balloch Joint Line of the CR and NBR railways for service on Loch Lomond,Scotland as QUEEN MARY, but seriously damaged by fire soon after arriving at Balloch and never used in service.1929 Scrapped

  

EDMUND IRONSIDE

Builder: Napier Miller, Glasgow Engine: Scotts Engineering, Greenock. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 to 1914 sold to the City Steamboat Company for further use on the Thames. 1916 Requisitioned by the Royal Indian Marine/War Office for use in Mesopotamia as PS 40, then PT 401920.  Acquired by Abdul al Khedery, Baghdad**

  

FITZAILWIN

Builder: Napier Miller, Glasgow Engine: Scotts Engineering, Greenock. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 to 1914 sold to the City Steamboat Company for further use on the Thames. 1916 Requisitioned by the Royal Indian Marine/War Office for use in Mesopotamia as PS 45, then PT 45. 1920 Acquired by Abdul al Khedery, Baghdad**

  

FRANCIS DRAKE

Builder: J.I. Thorneycroft, Southampton Engine: Scotts Engineering, Greenock. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 Sold (06/04/09) to Escaut & Rupel Steam Navigation Co. Tamise, Belgium for service at Antwerp and renamed WILFORD I. 1914 Escaped to England. 1916 requisitioned by the Royal Indian Marine/War Office for use in Mesopotamia as T 60, then PT 60, then PT 46. 1920 Acquired by Abdul al Khedery, Baghdad**

  

GIBBON  

Builder: Thames Iron Works Engine: Thames Iron Works 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 Sold (06/04/09) to K. Bohré, Esscenweg, Rotterdam.???? Sold to Mafalda Soc. Di Nav. A Vao. Puglia, Bari, Italy & renamed MAFALDA

 

GRESHAM  

Builder: J.I. Thorneycroft, Southampton Engine: Scotts Engineering Greenock (Burtt gives builder as Thames Ironworks). 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909. Sold to the City Steamboat Company for further use on the Thames.????  Sold to German operators for service from Memel (East Prussia, now Klaipeda) for cargo and passengers. Renamed HLUBOKA. Probably moved westwards to what is now the north Polish coast during World War I. 1926 Moved to Prague and used on the Vltava as a tug. During World War II she was appropriated by the German Army and moved to the River Vistula. 1944 understood to have been sunk. 1947 Raised for use by the River authorities at Pulawy as "SMIALY" 1955-1958 she was based at Plock, and until 1968 at Tczew. Left the Vistula for the north Polish coast at Mielno, where she was hauled onto land and used as a clubhouse. Later she was seen close to Mielno at Lazy.

  

KING ALFRED 

Builder: Thames Iron Works, Engine: Thames Iron Works. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 Acquired (11/05/09) by Glaser, Bewer & Co London. 1909 sold to O. May, Memel-Cranzer DSG Memel, Germany for local service, and renamed MEMEL. 1920 Understood to have sailed for the Gebruder Bieber at Memel. 1924 sold to the Hamburg-Blankensee-Este Line, sailed on the Elbe estuary from Hamburg to Cuxhaven and renamed HANSA. Post 1945 - Modernised with the construction of deckhouses etc. Operated on the lower Elbe and survived until 1962. 1965 Scrapped.

  

MARLOWE 

Builder: G. Rennie & Co., Greenwich (subcontracted from J.I. Thorneycroft, Southampton. Engine: Scotts Engineering Greenock. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 Sold to the City Steamboat Company for further use on the Thames, used for the 1910 and 1911 seasons. ???? Sold to the Koln-Mulheimer Shipping Co., Germany for service between Koln and Mulheim on the Rhein. 1925 understood to have been disposed of when the Koln-Mulheimer was absorbed by the Koln-Dusseldorfer (KD).

  

MORRIS

Builder: Thames Iron Works Engine: Thames Iron Works (Burtt gives engine builder as Scotts Engineering, Greenock). 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 Sold to the City Steamboat Company and used on the Thames for the 1910 season. ???? Sold to Germany for service between Koln and Mulheim.

 

OLAF

Builder: Napier Miller, Glasgow Engine: Scotts Engineering, Greenock. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 Sold (20/07/09) for service on Lake Lugano, sailing to Genoa before being transported overland. 1910 entered service under the name SVIZZERA. 1921 withdrawn. 1925 Scrapped at Lugano.

 

PEPYS

Builder: G. Rennie & Co., Greenwich (subcontracted from J.I. Thorneycroft, Southampton. Engine: Scotts Engineering Greenock. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 – 1912 sold to the City Steamboat Company for further use on the Thames. 1913 Sold to the Cie. Lyonnaise de Navigatiuon et Remorquage at Lyon, France and renamed VILLE DE VALENCE.

 

PURCELL

Builder: Thames Iron Works Engine: Thames Iron Works. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 Sold (16/06/09) to the Royal Servian Privilege Steamship Co. (Serbia) for service on the Danube at Belgrade.

 

RALEIGH

Builder: J.I. Thorneycroft, Southampton Engine: Scotts Engineering Greenock. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 - Sold to the City Steamboat Company for further use on the Thames for use 1910 -1914.  ???? Sold to the Societe de Suc et Raf de Ponts in Belgium

 

RENNIE

Builder: J.I. Thorneycroft, Southampton Engine: Scotts Engineering Greenock. (Burtt gives builder as G. Rennie, Greenwich.) 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 to 1914 Sold to the City Steamboat Company for further use on the Thames. ???? sold to the Societe de Suc et Raf de Ponts in Belgium. 1916 Returned to the UK and requisitioned by the Royal Indian Marine/War Office for use in Mesopotamia as T 63, then PT 63, then PT 48; 1920 Euphrates & Tigris S. N. Co.

 

SHAKESPEARE

Builder: J.I. Thorneycroft, Southampton Engine: Scotts Engineering Greenock. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service.1909 – 1914 sold to the City Steamboat Company for further use on the Thames. 1914 sold to the Dumbarton & Balloch Joint Line of the CR and NBR railways for service on Loch Lomond, Scotland and renamed PRINCESS PATRICIA. 1938 (May), sold for dismantling at Balloch.

 

SLOANE

Builder: Thames Iron Works Engine: Thames Iron Works 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 Sold to the City Steamboat Company for further use on the Thames. ???? possibly sold to Germany for service on the Rhein.

 

THOMAS MORE

Builder: J.I. Thorneycroft, Southampton Engine: Scotts Engineering, Greenock. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 Sold (06/04/09), (with FRANCIS DRAKE), to Escaut & Rupel Steam Navigation Co. Tamise, Belgium for use out of Antwerp and renamed WILFORD II. 1916 requisitioned by the Royal Indian Marine/War Office for use in Mesopotamia as as T 61, then PT 61, then PT 47. 1920 Euphrates & Tigris S N Co but reported to be burnt to the waterline.

 

TURNER

Builder: Napier Miller, Glasgow Engine: Scotts Engineering, Greenock (Alisdaire Deayton reports that she was originally to be called KING ALFRED) 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 Sold (20/07/09) for service on the Rhein in Germany possibly for Koln-Mulheimer Co.

 

VANBRUGH

Builder: Thames Iron Works Engine: Thames Iron Works. 1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 sold (15/06/09) to Boieldieu Cie Rouennaise de Nav., Rouen, France for use on the River Seine at Rouen, and named BOIELDIEU.

 

WHITTINGTON

Builder: Napier Miller, Glasgow Engine: Scotts Engineering, Greenock.  1905 – 1907 London County Council's River Thames service. 1909 Sold (20/07/09) for service in Russia. 

 

NOTES:

 

** one of these was renamed AZIZIAH (ex EDMUND IRONSIDE, FITZAILWIN or FRANCIS DRAKE).