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Built in 1882 the ‘Normandy’ was bought by Mr. J R Richards of Swansea in 1905 for service in the Bristol Channel. Unfortunately, Mr. Richard’s company, the Normandy Steamship Co., was a short-lived venture which ended in 1907. The ‘Normandy’ was scrapped at Rhyl two years later.

Glen Gower.

The ‘Glen Gower’ was built in 1922 for the Swansea to Ilfracombe service. During the Second World War she wasrequisitioned as the HMS ‘Glenmore’, returning to Swansea in 1947 where she served a further 10 years on the Ilfracombe run. She was taken out of service in 1957 and scrapped in Belgium in 1960.

Passengers enjoying a day out

Glen Gower.
Paddle steamer 'Glen Gower' leaving Swansea for Ilfracombe in 1924 


Glen Gower.

The 'Glen Gower' alongside Regents Wharf, Swansea in the mid 1950s. The Western Power Station can be seen on the top left of the photo.

Lady Moyra.

Built as the ‘Gwalia’ in 1905, the ‘Lady Moyra’ worked out of Swansea in the 1920’s. Later renamed the ‘Brighton Queen’, she was lost to enemy action during the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

Lady Moyra.
Lady Moyra leaving Swansea on a Gower cruise.


Cardiff Queen.

Built in 1947, the ‘Cardiff Queen’ worked many seasons out of Swansea between 1950 and 1966, when she was finally taken out of service. She was scrapped in Newport in 1968.

Cardiff Queen.
The ‘Cardiff Queen’ sailing from Swansea on a trip to Ilfracombe in 1958.


Bristol Queen.

The ‘Bristol Queen’, built in 1946, sailed out of Swansea on many occasions until being retired from service in 1967. She was scrapped in Belgium the following year.


The paddle steamer 'Britannia'. Built in 1896, she was requisitioned for war service in both World Wars, firstly as HMS 'Briton', and then as HMS 'Skiddaw'.Considered the flagshipof the White Funnel fleet, 'Britannia' visited Swansea on several occasions in the early to mid 1950's,and was broken up at Newport in 1956.


The ‘Britannia’ leaving Swansea for Ilfracombe in 1953. She acquired her second funnel in 1948 when a double-ended boiler was fitted.

Empress Queen

The ‘Empress Queen’, pictured leaving Swansea in 1947, was not a paddle steamer but a twin-screw
 steam turbine ship built for Campbells in 1939 and almost immediately requisitioned for war service as HMS ‘Queen Eagle’. After the war she worked mainly in the Bristol Channel until sold to Greek owners in 1955 and renamed ‘Philippos’. She was destroyed by fire in 1972.


Built in 1949 by J I Thorneycroft of Southampton, the ‘Balmoral’ is a former Red Funnel Isle of Wight ferry acquired by Townsend Car Ferries in 1969 for P & A Campbell’s operations in the Bristol Channel. After providing regular summer excursions out of Swansea from 1970 to 1980 when the service was withdrawn, the ‘Balmoral’ returned in 1984 under the auspices of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society to provide the seasonal trips to
 Lundy and Ilfracombe which continue to the present day.

Westward Ho!

The ‘Westward Ho!’, a former Red Funnel Isle of Wight ferry built by J I Thorneycroft of Southampton, was launched in 1939 as the 'Vecta’. Bought by Townsend Car Ferries in 1965 for P & A Campbell’s Bristol Channel service, the ‘Westward Ho!’ provided many excursions out of Swansea from 1970 until she was taken out of service in 1972.

Waverley returning from Ilfracombe  
   ( More photos of the Waverley in the Dry Dock Section )


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