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Thames Estuary, River Medway, Kent, Essex and East Anglia Coast, England, U.K.
New Palace Steamers Ltd
Glasgow shipbuilders Fairfields repossessed three modern steamers from the Victoria Steamboat Association and operated them from 1895 on their earlier Thames services under the name New Palace Steamers Ltd. Services to Clacton / Harwich, Kent and Boulogne in France. Second hand tonnage in PS La Belgique was purchased to develop the cross-channel business.

Unsurprisingly, losses were incurred and the largest and most expensive vessel, La Marguerite, despite her popularity on the French run, was withdrawn after the 1903 season and transferred to Fairfield’s other subsidiary operating on the North Wales coast.

The outbreak of the First World War at the height of the 1914 season brought a premature reduction in traffic. Koh-i-Noor was sent to Scotland for refitting, but work never started and she remained laid-up throughout the hostilities and was never reactivated. Royal Sovereign was also laid up but sold in 1918 for further use on the Thames as Fairfield closed its operation

Royal Sovereign
La Marguerite
La Belgique

Go to Ian Boyle's Simplonpc site for postcard views of these steamers :

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