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February 2005
Ferry Posters
Railways were not the only form of transport to be publicised with classic posters, as can be seen with this selection of prints below.   Most of these posters were available for purchase at auctions held by Onslows.   They reflect a bygone age of ferry operation - where it was perfectly acceptable to spend all night travelling from Britain to Ireland rather than shooting over on a high speed ferry in 90 minutes.   The age of steam may be long gone but the memories will be preserved forever.
Above left: Fishguard harbour in the 1950's with St. David (1947) and St. Andrew (1932).   Above right: One of the three magnificent Dukes (1956) - Rothesay, Argyll or Lancaster built for the Heysham to Belfast service.   The Duke of Lancaster still exists, wedged in concrete in North Wales.
Above left: Manxman (1955) or one of her five sisters on the Liverpool to Isle of Man route.   Above right: Biarritz (1915), built by Denny of Dumbarton, which was replaced by the Maid of Orleans in 1949.   Below left: Two stylish sisters served the Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire route as overnight mail steamers during the 1950's and 60's.   Cambria (1949) is seen here.   Right: Fred Olsen operated from Newcastle to Oslo with many classic vessels including Blenheim (1951) and Braemar (1953).  This service is now run by Fjord Line.
Above left: Amsterdam (1950) advertises the service to the Hook of Holland.   Above right: A magnificent poster with the three sisters built by John Brown of Clydebank -  Prague, Vienna and Amsterdam (1929).   All three were requisitioned during World War II with Amsterdam being lost and Vienna retained after the war.   To complete the sorry story Prague was broken up in 1948 after a fire during a refit.  The Antwerp (1920) is also visible on the left side.
Several posters are on show at Stranraer ferry terminal.   Above left: Caledonian Princess (1961) was the pride of the fleet when it was introduced.   This poster was printed by Waterlow & Sons who produced many classic transport prints.   Above right: Princess Maud (1934) and Princess Margaret (1931) were Stranraer stalwarts, with Princess Margaret serving there for nearly 30 years.   Another long servant was the Antrim Princess (1967) pictured without the harbour station which stands between ferry and railway.  Left: a leaflet advertising the Stranraer to Larne service with Caledonian Princess passing Corsewall lighthouse on the northern tip of Wigtownshire.
Ferry Posters
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