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  • Thames Rivercruise
    on the River Thames from Reading To travel on these boats see www thamesrivercruise co uk Vessels on this Page Caversham Lady 1978 2009 Caversham Princess 1982 Devon Belle 1938 Lady Caroline 1976 Princess Marina 1928 River Thames Simplon Pages Thames Clippers Associated Simplon Pages Cruise Ships Ocean Liners UK Excursion Vessels World Ferry Fleets Simplon Postcards Home Page Simplon Postcards Recent Updates References Trip Out Guides Written and published by G P Hamer editions from 1977 to 2009 Trip Out Guides are available from Geoffrey Hamer PO Box 485 Southall UB1 9BH Contacts Website www thamesrivercruise co uk Tel 0118 9481088 Search the Simplon Website Thames Rivercruise Each image links to a larger copy which opens in a new window tab Caversham Lady Thames Rivercruise 1978 2009 Caversham Lady was built in 1978 and carries 120 passengers She was sold to Salter Brothers during the winter of 2009 2010 Caversham Lady at Reading Photo Ian Boyle 1st June 2005 Caversham Princess Caversham Princess at Reading Photo Michael Tedstone 7th September 2013 Thames Rivercruises publicity images of Caversham Princess Photo Thames Rivercruises Devon Belle Devon Belle by Alasdair Young Photo Alasdair Young 23rd August 2009 Devon Belle at Mapledurham Photo

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  • Yealm River Trip - Plymouth Boat Trips - www.simplonpc.co.uk
    breakwater was promoted by the Cattewater Commissioners who were responsible for shipping in the area During the air station years the breakwater was closed to the public and used for a period to store flying boats In 1995 the breakwater was refurbished and re opened to the public As we leave the Barbican we round the Mount Batten Breakwater Photo Ian Boyle 14th May 2014 Mount Batten Tower Mount Batten Tower is visible to the east as we pass the breakwater In the later Medieval period Mount Batten became an important defensive point for the developing settlement at Plymouth Harbour providing a field of fire from across the other side of the Cattewater the channel connecting the old town to the sea In 1652 Mount Batten Tower a 30 foot high circular artillery fort was built here Mount Batten Tower is visible to the east as we pass the breakwater Photo Ian Boyle 14th May 2014 RAF Mount Batten The Mount Batten peninsula was home to RAF Mount Batten which was a Royal Air Force station and flying boat base Originally a seaplane station opened in 1917 as Royal Navy Air Service Station Cattewater it became RAF Cattewater in 1918 and in 1928 was renamed RAF Mount Batten No 10 Squadron RAAF Australian was based there between 1941 1945 flying Short Sunderlands An RAF presence latterly without aircraft was maintained until 1992 Today little evidence of the RAF base remains apart from several memorials some aviation related road names the main slipway and two impressive Grade II listed F type aeroplane hangars dating from 1917 Two large 1917 hangers remain from RAF Mount Batten which operated flying boats Photo Ian Boyle 14th May 2014 Drake s Island To the west as we leave the Barbican we can see Drake s Island in Plymouth Sound The first recorded name for the island was in 1135 when it was referred to as St Michael s after the chapel erected on it At some later date the chapel was rededicated to St Nicholas and the island adopted the same name From the latter part of the 16th century the island was occasionally referred to as Drake s Island after Sir Francis Drake the English privateer who used Plymouth as his home port Even well into the 19th century maps and other references continued to refer to the island as St Nicholas s Island and it is only in about the last 100 years that this name has slipped into disuse and the name Drake s Island has been adopted The 1859 Royal Commission on the Defence of the United Kingdom recommended a huge programme of new fortifications to defend Plymouth On Drake s Island the existing battery at the centre of the island was replaced by five 12 inch muzzle loading guns in open emplacements A new battery was also built on the south western end of twenty one 9 inch guns in an arc of stone casemates with iron shields Six 12

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  • Manx Electric Railway - www.simplonpc.co.uk
    and overhead line duties and ended up in very poor condition It returned to service in 2011 after a major overhaul of bodywork and bogies in the blue white and teak livery of the Douglas Laxey Electric Tramway Tram No 5 Manx Electric Railway car No 5 at Derby Castle Photos 1976 Ian Boyle Manx Electric Railway car No 5 leaving Douglas Photos 1976 Ian Boyle Manx Electric Railway car No 5 at Laxey Photos 1976 Ian Boyle Manx Electric Railway car No 5 at Laxey Photos 1978 Ian Boyle Manx Electric Railway car No 5 at Ramsey Photos 1980 Ian Boyle Manx Electric Railway car No 5 Photos 2013 Mike Tedstone Tram No 6 Manx Electric Railway car No 6 at Derby Castle Photos 1978 Ian Boyle Manx Electric Railway car No 6 at Laxey Photos 1978 Ian Boyle Manx Electric Railway car No 6 Photos 2013 Mike Tedstone Tram No 7 Manx Electric Railway car No 7 at Laxey Photos 1978 Ian Boyle Manx Electric Railway car No 7 at Derby Castle Photos 1980 Ian Boyle Manx Electric Railway car No 7 in Douglas Laxey Electric Tramway livery Photos 2013 Mike Tedstone Tram No 9 Manx Electric Railway car No 9 at Laxey Photos 1978 Ian Boyle Manx Electric Railway car No 9 the illuminated tram Photos 2013 Mike Tedstone Tram Nos 14 18 G F Milnes 1898 Ratchet Crossbench Cars Five of these crossbench 56 seat cars were supplied by G F Milnes Co in 1898 All of these survive today but only two are in semi regular service being cars 16 which carries the nationalisation green livery that was adopted for a brief time from 1957 and car 18 Car 18 retains the traditional company livery although different from other open cars the valences are white trimmed with red All other open cars have red valences trimmed white The rest of the class remain in various states of disrepair having not been used for a number of years latterly at the Homefield bus depot Their long term futures uncertain especially as two class members have been retained in serviceable condition Tram No 16 Manx Electric Railway car No 16 at Derby Castle depot Photos 1976 Ian Boyle Manx Electric Railway tram No 16 at Derby Castle with trailer no 60 Photos 2013 Mike Tedstone Tram Nos 19 22 G F Milnes 1899 Winter Saloons The winter saloons are the backbone of the MER fleet They are all still in regular service but car 22 was completely rebuilt following a fire in 1992 and is now effectively a replica car They have appeared in a variety of liveries but suit the 1930s style the best in many people s opinion No 22 was painted in plain red and cream livery to resemble the island s buses in 1999 this was universally disliked and it now carries the usual livery whilst 20 is in an austere livery Tram No 19 Manx Electric Railway tram No 19 at Laxey

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  • Gothenburg Trams - Göteborgs Spårvägar - www.simplonpc.co.uk
    843 831 M29 M28 843 831 on route 10 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M29 M28 843 831 on route 10 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M29 M28 843 831 on route 10 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M29 M28 Tram Nos 844 703 M29 M28 844 703 on route 1 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M29 M28 Tram Nos 845 717 M29 M28 845 717 on route 7 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M29 M28 845 717 on route 7 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M29 M28 Tram Nos 848 716 M29 M28 848 716 on route 5 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M29 M28 Tram Nos 849 739 M29 M28 849 739 on route 5 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M29 M28 849 739 on route 5 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M29 M28 Tram Nos 852 723 M29 M28 852 723 on route 1 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M29 M28 852 723 on route 1 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M29 M28 Tram Nos 853 731 M29 M28 853 731 on route 1 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M29 M28 853 731 on route 1 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 Göteborgs Spårvägar M31 Trams The M31 trams were built by ASEA as two section M21 trams between 1984 1992 They were rebuilt with low floor centre sections to become class M31 by ASEA MGB between 1998 2003 They are numbered 300 380 M31 trams illustrated 303 304 308 310 313 319 325 327 328 330 331 332 333 339 343 344 346 349 351 354 356 364 366 367 369 M31 Tram No 303 M31 Tram No 303 on route 5 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M31 Tram No 304 M31 Tram No 304 on route 2 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M31 Tram No 308 M31 Tram No 308 on route X special route for the national day Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M31 Tram No 308 on route X special route for the national day Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M31 Tram No 308 on route X special route for the national day Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M31 Tram No 310 M31 Tram No 310 on route 2 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M31 Tram No 313 M31 Tram No 313 on route 2 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M31 Tram No 319 M31 Tram No 319 on route 2 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M31 Tram No 319 on route 2 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M31 Tram No 325 M31 Tram No 325 on route 5 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M31 Tram No 327 M31 Tram No 325 on route 4 Photo 2013 Ian Boyle 6th June 2013 M31 Tram No 328 M31 Tram

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  • Prinsessan Birgitta - St Nicholas - Stena Normandy - Normandy - Ferry Photographs - Ferry Postcards
    Frederikshavn service Her sistership was Kronprinsessan Victoria Sessan Line was taken over by Stena Line and the ship was chartered to Sealink for use on Harwich Hook of Holland service as the St Nicholas In 1989 she was sold to Rederi AB Gotland but remained in Sealink service In 1990 Sealink was taken over by Stena Line AB St Nicholas was transferred to a new Southampton Cherbourg service as the Stena Normandy in 1991 This route closed in 1996 and Tallink took her on charter in 1997 as the Normandy Irish Ferries took Normandy on charter for their Ireland France services in 1998 retaining the appropriate name Normandy was purchased by Irish Ferries in 1999 and continues to operate on this service Photograph of Prinsessan Birgitta in Sessan Line colours whilst under construction as yard number GV 909 Photo Rickard Sahlsten Scan Fakta om Fartyg Photograph of Prinsessan Birgitta in Stena Line colours Photo Rickard Sahlsten Scan Fakta om Fartyg St Nicholas Sealink 1983 90 Prinsessan Birgitta was originally ordered by Sessan Line for their Gothenburg Frederikshavn service Her sistership was Kronprinsessan Victoria Sessan Line was taken over by Stena Line and the ship was chartered to Sealink for use on Harwich Hook of Holland service as the St Nicholas In 1989 she was sold to Rederi AB Gotland but remained in Sealink service In 1990 Sealink was taken over by Stena Line AB St Nicholas was transferred to a new Southampton Cherbourg service as the Stena Normandy in 1991 This route closed in 1996 and Tallink took her on charter in 1997 as the Normandy Irish Ferries took Normandy on charter for their Ireland France services in 1998 retaining the appropriate name Normandy was purchased by Irish Ferries in 1999 and continues to operate on this service Sealink postcard of St Nicholas Publisher J Arthur Dixon Postcard of St Nicholas leaving Harwich on her way to the Hook of Holland Local ferry Brightlingsea is arriving from Felixstowe in the foreground St Nicholas leaving Harwich in 1983 Photo Ian Boyle St Nicholas leaving Harwich in 1983 Photo Ian Boyle St Nicholas leaving Harwich in 1986 Photo Ian Boyle St Nicholas leaving Harwich in 1986 Photo Ian Boyle St Nicholas leaving Harwich in 1986 Photo Ian Boyle St Nicholas leaving Harwich in 1986 Photo Ian Boyle St Nicholas leaving Harwich in 1986 Photo Ian Boyle St Nicholas leaving Harwich in 1986 Photo Ian Boyle St Nicholas leaving Harwich in 1986 Photo Ian Boyle St Nicholas leaving Harwich in 1986 Photo Ian Boyle St Nicholas leaving Harwich in 1986 Photo Ian Boyle St Nicholas off the Essex coast in 1987 Photo Ian Boyle St Nicholas off the Essex coast in 1987 Photo Ian Boyle St Nicholas Stena Line 1990 91 Sessan Line was taken over by Stena Line and the ship was chartered to Sealink for use on Harwich Hook of Holland service as the St Nicholas In 1989 she was sold to Rederi AB Gotland but remained in Sealink service In

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  • Furness Railway Barrow-Fleetwood Ship Postcards
    Silver Link 1986 Railway Heritage The Furness Railway by K J Norman Silver Link 1994 Merchant Fleets No 25 Britain s Railway Steamers by Duncan Haws 1993 Railway Other Steamers by Duckworth Langmuir Further updates can be found on these Simplon facebook and Twitter pages Simplon Ship Postcards facebook page Simplon Main Line Rail facebook page Simplon Minor Railways facebook page Simplon Piers Lighthouses facebook page Simplon Tramways facebook page Simplon Cliff Lifts Funiculars Mountain Railways etc facebook page Follow simplonpc Simplon Twitter Page A Brief Route History The Furness Railway was a relatively minor English company which founded its early prosperity on the carriage of iron ore As this traffic declined towards the end of the 19th Century the Company sought to increase the tourist passenger traffic to the English Lake District the area in which its trains operated In 1900 they introduced a passenger ferry service across Morecambe Bay between Barrow and Fleetwood There were tram connections onwards from Fleetwood to Blackpool as shown on the contemporary map below This service operated successfully using a total of four paddlesteamers until the outbreak of war in 1914 The service was not revived after the war Furness Railway Fleet List Lady Evelyn The first Barrow Fleetwood boat was the Lady Evelyn acquired to inaugurate the service in 1900 She had been built by Scotts of Kinghorn for the service and was so successful that she was lengthened by 30ft in 1904 to increase passenger accommodation She remained with the Company until requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1914 After the war she was sold for Bristol Channel service eventually becoming the Brighton Belle of P A Campbell She was lost at Dunkirk in 1940 Official Furness Railway postcards from Series 20 images link to larger copies Sankey postcard serial 570 of Lady Evelyn using one of the photos used as an official card above image links to larger copy Sankey postcard taken on board Lady Evelyn on September 10th 1909 image links to larger copy Frith postcard serial 64427 of Lady Evelyn leaving Fleetwood image links to larger copy Lady Margaret Due to the success of Lady Evelyn a second paddlesteamer was acquired in 1903 from P A Campbell She was the Lady Margaret of 1895 which retained her name in Furness service She was larger and faster than Lady Evelyn but was sold to the Admiralty in 1908 for tender duties and was broken up in 1923 She had a short history with both civilian operators but references are not clear as to why both should discard her so soon It is suggested that she was heavy on fuel in Campbell s days who sold her in preference to the much inferior Bonnie Doon so maybe Furness also found this to be a problem Frith s Series postcard of Lady Margaret posted on June 22nd 1908 The card is tinted to show the Furness colours of grey hull and buff funnel image links to larger copy Unidentified photographic postcard of

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  • NORWEGIAN EPIC - SIMPLON POSTCARDS - www.simplonpc.co.uk
    November 2006 with an option for a third vessel that was not exercised A dispute between NCL and STX initially resulted in the construction of both ships being placed on hold until a new agreement was reached in which the first ship was completed and the construction of the second ship was cancelled Norwegian Epic was delivered to NCL on June 17 2010 Her maiden voyage started on Thursday June 24 2010 from Southampton to Florida Sections on this Page Norwegian Epic Postcards to be added Norwegian Epic Images Rotterdam 21st June 2010 Southampton 22nd 23rd June 2010 Norwegian Cruise Line Pages NCL Header Page NCL Page 1 First Generation Ships NCL Page 2 Second Generation Ships NCL Page 3 Revised Colour Scheme NCL Page 4 NCL Mega Ships Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Epic this page Norwegian Getaway Associated Pages Cruise Ships Ocean Liners UK Excursion Vessels World Ferry Fleets Simplon Postcards Home Page Simplon Postcards Recent Updates Simplon Postcards facebook page Contacts Norwegian Cruise Line www2 ncl com Norwegian Epic Website epic ncl com References Click on images for more details www overviewpress co uk info overviewpress co uk Brochure Archive Norwegian Epic 2010 Brochure 5 70Mb PDF File Norwegian Epic Accommodation 1 7Mb PDF File Norwegian Epic Studios 0 4Mb PDF File Norwegian Epic Dining 1 4Mb PDF File Search the Simplon Website Norwegian Epic IMO number 9410569 Name of ship NORWEGIAN EPIC Call Sign C6XP7 MMSI 311018500 Gross tonnage 153000 DWT 10850 Year of build 2010 Flag Bahamas Each image links to a larger copy which opens in a new window tab Norwegian Epic Postcards To be added Norwegian Epic Images Rotterdam 21st June 2010 Norwegian Epic at Rotterdam Photo Cees de Bijl 21st June 2010 Norwegian Epic in the Nieuwe Waterweg near Rozenburg Photo Cees de Bijl

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  • NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY - SIMPLON POSTCARDS - www.simplonpc.co.uk
    Page 2 Second Generation Ships NCL Page 3 Revised Colour Scheme NCL Page 4 NCL Mega Ships Norwegian Breakaway this page Norwegian Epic Norwegian Getaway Associated Pages Cruise Ships Ocean Liners UK Excursion Vessels World Ferry Fleets Simplon Postcards Home Page Simplon Postcards Recent Updates Simplon Postcards facebook page Contacts Norwegian Cruise Line www2 ncl com Norwegian Breakaway Website epic ncl com References Click on images for more details www

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