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PS Duchess of Fife (1903)

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Duchess of Fife seen probably in the 1920s in a glass plate from the collection of Gillon Ferguson. The source was Andy Paton, second engineer aboard PS Waverley in the late 1950s


Launched on May 9th, 1903 by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering, Govan, Glasgow
Engines: : 4cyl. two crank Triple expansion diagonal, 16.5, 16.5, 35 and 52 in x 54 in
Dimensions: 210.3 ft x 25 ft
336 Gross Registered Tonnes

Requisitioned in World War II as a minesweeper at Grimsby and Dover
Reboilered in 1928
In World War II she made four crossings to Dunkirk assisting in the evacuation
Returned to the Clyde for the 1946 season after refurbishment by Lamont at Port Glasgow
Made her last service voyage on June 6th, 1953.
Went to Smith and Houston breakers at Port Glasgow in September 1953

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A later view of the Duchess in a post card view published by J Salmon Ltd of Sevenoaks kindly supplied by Michael Brown from his collection
Bibliography
Memories of the Clyde - Duchess of Fife 1903-1953
By Ian MacLagan
Published by Hart, MacLagan and Will, 1990
ISBN 0 9516140 0 2
Photographic summary of the construction and career of the "Fife" with brief historical notes.

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