Hoverlloyd

Hoverlloyd operated a cross-Channel hovercraft service between Ramsgate and Calais. It operated four hovercraft and was a rival to Seaspeed (owned by British Rail).

The origins of Hoverlloyd date back to 1964, when the Swedish Lloyd shipping company investigated the possibility of operating a hovercraft service. Together with Swedish American Line (owned by Brostroms Rederi AB), the Cross-Channel Hover Services Ltd was registered as a British company in 1965.

The name was changed to Hoverlloyd Ltd in 1966. In 1976 Brostroms Rederi AB purchased the entire operation. By 1980, it was obvious that cross Channel hovercraft operation could only continue economically if the two operating companies merged, with consequent rationalisation.

Therefore, Hoverlloyd and Seaspeed merged in 1981, to create Hoverspeed. The former Hoverlloyd services from Ramsgate were subsequently withdrawn after the 1982 season and the four ex-Hoverlloyd craft were thereafter based at Dover until their withdrawal from service between 1983 and 1993.

HSC Sure (GH- 9001/GH – 2031) – Past and Present

HSC Sure (GH- 9001/GH – 2031) – Past and Present

HSC Beasac III (GH -2031) ex Sure (GH- 9001) Nicolas Lévy Collection “Winchester Class” (SRN.6) Mk I Hovercraft built in 1966 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England…
HSC Britannia (GH – 2011) – Past and Present

HSC Britannia (GH – 2011) – Past and Present

HSC Britannia (GH - 2011) - “Winchester Class” (SRN.6) Mk I Hovercraft built in 1966 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (024) for Townsend Car Ferries
HSC Swift (GH-2010) – Past and Present

HSC Swift (GH-2010) – Past and Present

HSC Swift (GH-2010) ex SR.N6 022 Nicolas Lévy Collection “Winchester Class” (SRN.6) Mk I Hovercraft built in 1966 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (022) for…
HSC Sure (GH-2005), Past and Present

HSC Sure (GH-2005), Past and Present

HSC Sure (GH 2005) - “Mountbatten” (SRN4) Mk I Hovercraft built in 1969 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (Yard No 003) for Hoverlloyd Ltd., Ramsgate,…
HSC Swift (GH 2004) – Past and Present

HSC Swift (GH 2004) – Past and Present

HSC Swift (GH 2004) - “Mountbatten” (SRN4) Mk I Hovercraft built in 1969 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (Yard No 002) for Hoverlloyd Ltd, Ramsgate,…
HSC Sir Christopher (GH 2008) – Past and Present

HSC Sir Christopher (GH 2008) – Past and Present

HSC Sir Christopher (GH 2008) - “Mountbatten” (SRN4) Mk I Hovercraft built in 1972 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (Yard No 005) for Hoverlloyd Ltd.,…
HSC Prince of Wales (GH 2054) – Past and Present

HSC Prince of Wales (GH 2054) – Past and Present

HSC Prince of Wales (GH 2054) - “Mountbatten” (SRN4) Mk II Hovercraft built in 1977 by British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (Yard No 006) for Hoverlloyd…
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