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Ferries


A ferry is a merchant vessel used to carry passengers, and sometimes vehicles and cargo as well, across a body of water. Most ferries operate regular return services. The term ‘ferries’ on this website covers passenger only vessels, train ferries, car ferries, freight ferries and highspeed vessels such as hovercraft, jetfoils and catamarans.

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TS Maid of Kent (III) – Past and Present

TS Maid of Kent – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, built and engined by Denny’s of Dumbarton (Yard No. 1492) for the British Transport Commission’s cross-Channel car ferry service in 1959

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)

MV Compiegne – Past and Present

MV Al Ameerah, ex Compiegne – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Chantiers Réunis Loire-Normandie, Rouen (Yard No. 310) in 1958 for French National Railways (SNCF) Calais-Dover cross-Channel service. Engined by Societe Generale de Constructions Mécaniques, La Courneuve

Roy Thornton Collection

TS Lord Warden – Past and Present

TS Al Zaher, ex Lord Warden – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, built and engined by Dennys of Dumbarton in 1952 (Yard No 1455) for the British Transport Commission’s cross-Channel fleet, and intended for running between the new car ferry terminals at Dover and Boulogne.

Roy Thornton Collection

TS Normannia – Past and Present

TS Normannia – Steel twin screw turbine ship steamer, built and engined by Denny’s of Dumbarton (Yard No 1454) for the British Transports Commission’s Southampton – Le Havre route in 1952

MV Saint Germain - Past and Present

MV Saint Germain – Past and Present

MV Saint Germain – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built and engined by Helsingør Skibsværft og Maskinbyggeri A/S Helsingor, Denmark, (Yard No 303), for the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) in 1951.

© Nigel Thornton

MV Seafrance Renoir – Past and Present

MV Seafrance Renoir, ex Cote D’Azur – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1981 by Ateliers et Chantiers du Havre (Yard No. 256), Le Havre, France, for Societe des Nationale des Chemins de fer Frances (SNCF)

© A G Jones

TS Shepperton Ferry – Past and Present

TS Shepperton Ferry – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, one of three identical stern-loading railway ferry boats ordered by the Southern Railway in 1933 for their intended new Dover-Dunkirk ferry service. Built by Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Walker-on-Tyne (Yard No. 1450), and engined by Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co. Ltd.

Courtesy of Michael Woodland

TS Hampton Ferry – Past and Present

TS Tre-Arddur, ex Hampton Ferry, HMS Hampton – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, one of three identical stern-loading train ferries ordered by the Southern Railway in 1933. Built by Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne (Yard No. 1448), and engined by Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co. Ltd.

TS Twickenham Ferry - Past and Present

TS Twickenham Ferry – Past and Present

TS Twickenham Ferry – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, one of three identical stern-loading railway ferry boats ordered by the Southern Railway in 1933 for their intended new Dover-Dunkirk ferry service. Built by Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Walker-on-Tyne (Yard No. 1446).

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