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Firth of Clyde, UK
London Midland & Scottish Railway
The amalgamation of Britain's various private railways into four main groups took place in 1923 and included merging the oprations of the two companies (Caledonian and Glasgow & South Western) which had competed fiercely from piers on the Ayrshire and Renfrewshire coast. The vessels of the G&SWR had been directly railway-owned and were transferred directly to the new LMS. The parliamentary powers granted to the G&SWR were less extensive than those to the Caledonian Steam Packet Company which had operated as a subsidiary of it's railway parent, yet after 1923, the LMS and CSP fleets remained separately registered. This situation, which did not allow LMS boats to visit certain parts of the Firth, especially the longer-haul cruise destinations, remained unchanged until the LMS boats were re-registered with CSP shortly before the Second World War. The LMS was absorbed into the nationalised British Railways in 1948.
Vessels transferred from the Glasgow & South Western Railway in 1923
PS Glen Sannox (I)
PS Mercury (I)
PS Glen Rosa
PS Jupiter (I)
PS Juno (I)
TS Atalanta
New Build 1923 - 1938
TS Glen Sannox (II)
PS Mercury (II)

Vessels transferred to the Caledonian Steam Packet Company : Glen Rosa, Glen Sannox (II), Mercury (II)

Note : For details about turbine steamers (designated TS), please go to our associated website : Clyde Turbine Steamers


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