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Plymouth Boat Trips
Plymouth Hoe Cruises - Cawsand Ferry - Fish 'n' Trips - Tamar Cruising - Sound Cruising
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This page shows postcards and images of the Plymouth Boat Trips which operates trips from Plymouth as Plymouth Hoe Cruises, Cawsand Ferry & Fish 'n' Trips.
Fish 'n' Trips - www.fishntrips.co.uk
Fish 'n' Trips run fishing trips from Plymouth Barbican using the Iolaire and Ronnoch Mor.
Plymouth Hoe Cruises - www.plymouthhoecruisess.co.uk
Plymouth Hoe Cruises run 1hr harbour tours from the West Hoe Steps near Smeaton's Tower using the Devon Belle . She had previously run as Southend Belle and Westminster Belle on the Thames. In the 1970s she had run at Falmouth, still as Westminster Belle, with the Pill family. She then became the Maid of Wareham at Poole and Maid of Exmouth on the River Exe. In 2004 the Maid of Exmouth arrived at Plymouth and was renamed Devon Belle V by Ken Bridge. Ken Bridge sold her to Ben Squire in 2007, whilst remaining as skipper. She is now registered as Devon Belle . In 2013 Devon Belle was offered for sale following the acquisition of the larger Spirit of Plymouth and Plymouth Princess and was sold to Brighton Sea Cruises who renamed her The Belle. During the summer she also ran between Littlehampton and Arundel as Sussex Sea Cruises.
Cawsand Ferry - www.cawsandferry.co.uk
Cawsand Beach was a popular venue for excursion steamers and subsequently motor boats from the Barbican and the Hoe called there as occasion demanded. In 1979, Ian Watts brought the 36ft launch Weston Lady, designed by himself, to run a regular scheduled ferry service. Despite being troubled by poor weather, a second boat Weston Maid was introduced the following year. Weston Maid was also designed by Ian Watts, although built around a 1960 lifeboat from the P&O liner Canberra. There was insufficient business for two boats and Weston Maid eventually ran the service alone. Landing arrangements were, and remain, fairly primitive, fixing a small gangway onto a detachable bracket attached to the bow.
1995 saw the Cawsand Ferry vessel Weston Maid operated by Plymouth Boat Cruises. Plymouth Boat Cruises were taken over by rivals Sound Cruising in 2005 and they sold Weston Maid and the Cawsand Ferry to a new operator, N Fox. For the 2010 season, Weston Maid passed to Ben Squire whose Plymouth Boat Trips also runs Plymouth Hoe Cruises (harbour tours from the Hoe Steps) and Fish 'N' Trips (fishing trips). In 2010 Weston Maid ran with a white hull but reverted to her previous red hull in 2011.
Tamar Cruising - www.plymouthboattrips.co.uk
In November 2011, Tamar Cruising and the vessel Plymouth Sound were acquired by Plymouth Boat Trips, along with access to the Barbican pontoon and Mount Edgcumbe piers. The Cremyll Ferry service and vessels Northern Belle and Tamar Belle (2) were not part of the purchase.
Sound Cruising - www.plymouthboattrips.co.uk
For the 2013 season, Sound Cruising and the vessels Spirit of Plymouth and Plymouth Princess were acquired by Plymouth Boat Trips. The Mount Batten Ferry service and vessels Copper and Plymouth Belle were not part of the purchase.
Telephone:- 07971 208381
Sections on this Page
Devon Belle - Plymouth Boat Trips
Iolaire - Fish 'n' Trips
Plymouth Princess - Plymouth Boat Trips
Plymouth Sound - Plymouth Boat Trips
Ronnoch Mor - Fish 'n' Trips
Spirit of Plymouth - Plymouth Boat Trips
Weston Maid - Cawsand Ferry
Other Devon Pages
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Cawsand Ferry & Cawsand - Plymouth Boat Trips
Yealm River Trip - Plymouth Boat Trips
Dartmouth Higher & Lower Ferry
Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company
Dart Pleasure Craft
Devon Railway Ferries & Tenders
Devon Dock, Pier & SS Co
Greenway Ferry - Torquay & Dart
Millbrook SB & Trading Company - Plymouth
Mount Batten Ferry - Plymouth
Plymouth Boat Cruises
Plymouth Boat Trips - this page!
River Dart SB Co
Sound Cruising - Plymouth
Tamar Cruising & Cremyll Ferry Co - Plymouth
Western Lady Ferry Service - Torquay
Telephone:- 07971 208381
UK Excursion Vessels
World Ferry Fleets
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Trip Out Guides - Various Editions 1985-2010 by Geoffrey Hamer
Trip Out Guides are available from Geoffrey Hamer, PO Box 485, Southall, UB1 9BH
Estuary & River Ferries of South West England - Martin Langley & Edwina Small - Waine Research (1984)
Passenger Steamers of the River Tamar - Alan Kittridge - Twelveheads Press (1984)
Passenger Steamers of the River Dart - Richard Clammer & Alan Kittridge - Twelveheads Press (1987)
South Devon Ferries - Alan Kittridge - Tempus (2003)
Steamers & Ferries of the River Tamar & Three Towns District - Alan Kittridge - Twelveheads Press (2003)
Timetable Archive (PDF Files)
2012 Timetable (2MB PDF File