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Isle of Wight Services
 
Page 3: British Railways & Sealink Passenger Vessels
 
 
This page is one of a series devoted to postcards and photographs of Isle of Wight railway-operated ferries. this page shows passenger vessels of British Railways and Sealink. An alphabetical list of ships shown on this page is shown below. Beneath this is a fleet list in chronological order.
 
 
Ships on This Page:-
Brading - 1948-1994
Our Lady Pamela - 1986-1990
Our Lady Patricia - 1985-1990
Shanklin (3) - 1951-1980
Southsea (3) - 1948-1984
 
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Isle of Wight - Page 4 - Car Ferries
Wightlink - Page 1 - Privatised car ferries from 1990
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Gosport Ferry Limited
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British Railways & Sealink
IOW Passenger Vessels
 
 
 
Brading (1948-1984)
 
Postcard of Brading at Ryde.
 
 
Postcard K.2246 of Brading at Ryde.
 
 
Postcard 3651 of Brading.
 
 
Postcard of Brading.
 
 
Postcard of Brading.
 
 
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Pamlin postcard of Brading in Sealink colours.
 
 
Postcard of Brading in final Sealink colours.
 
 
Photograph of Southsea and Brading (right) at the Portsmouth Harbour pontoon in 1986.
Photo: © Ian Boyle.
 
 
 
 
 
Southsea (3) (1948-84)
 
Attempts were made to preserve and operate Southsea after her withdrawal. More details will be added later, but these finally came to an end in 2005 when she was scrapped in Denmark.
 
 
Postcard of Southsea.
 
 
Postcard of Southsea at Ryde.
 
 
Postcard of Southsea at Ryde.
 
 
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Postcard of Southsea at Ryde
 
 
Photograph of Southsea (left) and Brading (and Cuthred behind) at the Portsmouth Harbour pontoon in 1986.
Photo: © Ian Boyle.
 
 
Photographic postcard of Southsea laid up in the River Fal.
 
 
 
 
 
Shanklin (3) (1951-1980)

Shanklin operated between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight between 1951 and 1980. Shanklin underwent a major refit over the winter of 1966/67. This resulted in an extended bridge deck and modernised lounge and saloon. In 1978 it was decided that only two vessels were needed on regular services. As Shanklin was by then regularly suffering engine problems it was decided to place her in a reserve role. She was finally withdrawn on 7 March 1980 and put up for sale.

In October 1980 Shanklin was bought by a company who already ran the PS Waverley on coastal excursions. She became the property of the Firth of Clyde Steam Packet Company Limited and was renamed Prince Ivanhoe. After renovations on Clydeside over the winter of 1980/81 she began public and private pleasure sailings in the Bristol Channel starting in May 1981.

On 3 August 1981 the Prince Ivanhoe began a pleasure trip starting at Penarth with stops at Minehead and Mumbles and then a cruise along the Gower coast. By the time she left Mumbles she had 450 passengers on board. She navigated close to the shore around Oxwich Point into Port Eynon Bay at 15:35. Whilst emerging from this bay she hit a submerged object, probably rocks or a wreck, tearing a 60-foot (18 m) gash in her hull. Realising that she was sinking her captain, David Neill, sailed her about one mile (1.6 km) to Horton, Swansea where she was beached. An RAF air-sea rescue helicopter and RNLI life boats from Horton, Port Eynon and Mumbles went to her assistance and all of the passengers were saved, mainly by being ferried to the shore in life boats. One passenger died from a heart attack on the beach after being rescued. The wrecked ship then remained where it had come to rest. There were several salvage attempts, which had varying degrees of success, and the hull was finally removed in July and August 1984.



Postcard of Shanklin.
Shanklin (3) (1951-1980) - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Postcard of Shanklin.
Shanklin (3) (1951-1980) - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Postcard of Shanklin at Ryde.
Shanklin (3) (1951-1980) - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Official Sealink card covering Shanklin, Southsea and Brading
Published by J.Arthur Dixon - links to a larger copy
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Photo of  Shanklin leaving at Portsmouth
Photo: 1976 Ian Boyle - links to a larger copy
SHANKLIN 1951 - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Photo of  Shanklin arriving at Portsmouth
Photo: 1978 Ian Boyle - links to a larger copy
SHANKLIN 1951 - www.simplonpc.co.uk






Our Lady Patricia (1985-1990)
 
Photograph of Our Lady Patricia leaving Portsmouth in 1986.
Photo: © Ian Boyle.



Photograph of Our Lady Patricia leaving Portsmouth in 1986.
Photo: © Ian Boyle.



Photograph of Our Lady Patricia leaving Portsmouth in 1986.
Photo: © Ian Boyle.



Photograph of Our Lady Patricia leaving Portsmouth in 1986.
Photo: © Ian Boyle.



Photograph of Our Lady Patricia leaving Portsmouth in 1987.
Photo: © Ian Boyle.






Our Lady Pamela (1986-1990)
 
Our Lady Pamela arriving Portsmouth in 1987.
Photo: © Ian Boyle.



Our Lady Pamela at Portsmouth Harbour Station in 1987.
Photo: © Ian Boyle.





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