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PS Cambria
Launched on 10th April 1895 by H McIntyre at Alloa
Engines : Compound diagonal 37 and 67 in x 66 in by Hutson
Dimensions : 225 ft x 26.1 ft
420 Gross Registered Tonnes

Put straight on to the cardiff - Ilfracombe service in the 1895 season
Involved in a fatal accident with a small boat in the Avon on 30th May 1896
Stationed on the South Coast between 1897 and 1902 and again in 1908
Received new paddle floats in 1898 to increase her speed
Lower saloon windows damaged in a storm off Hartland Point in 1908, leading to the plating of windows on all Campbell vessels
Reboilered in 1912 and 1935. New larger funnel fitted in 1936
Requisitioned in World War I as HMS Cambridge, serving at Grimsby and on the Tyne
Grounded at Rillage Point near Ilfracombe on July 12th 1926, but floated undamaged on the following tide
In World War II, as HMS Plinlimmon, she was converted to a minesweeper and based at Granton on the Firth of Forth
Went to Dunkirk, served on the Tyne and later went to Harwich as an accommodation ship.
Found to be beyond economic repair after her war service and scrapped at Grays

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