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Alderney Steam Packet Co

Helper (1919-1927)
Built in 1873 by W Allsup at Preston
131.3 ft : 173 GT
Engines : 2 x 1 cylinder 38 in x 40 in
Built for the West Cornwall Railway & Dock Co and based at Plymouth and named Sir Francis Drake, passing to the Great Western Railway Co in 11880
Renamed Helper in 1908
Sold in 1910 through a brokerage to Cosens & Co at Weymouth
Taken over by the Admiralty during World War I and used as a tug and later a minesweeper
Soon after the end of the war she was sold by Cosens to the Alderney Steam Packet Co
Was generally used in summer only on a ferry run to Sark
In May 1927 she was taken to Appledore, Devon, and exchanged for a new vessel and subsequently scrapped

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