Paddle Steamer Picture Gallery


PS Mayflower

Builders: Marshalls Newcastle 1866

Propulsion type: Paddle, ????

Owner: Solent Steamship Company Ltd

Service dates: 1866 - 1910

Tonnage: Gross 69


This little wooden paddle steamer was constructed in Newcastle and had a draft of only 6.8 feet, which was necessary to prevent grounding in the shallow Lymington River. She replaced the ex-Admiralty vessel Red Lion and joined her fleetmate PS Solent (II) maintaining the service from Lymington to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight for over 40 years. The Solent Steamship Co Ltd was taken over by the London & South Western Railway in July 1884 and the purchase price of 2750 included both steamers. The two wooden paddlers were eventually replaced by two steel paddle steamers; Lymington in 1893 and Solent (III) in 1902. Mayflower was withdrawn in 1910, when she was scrapped.

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