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Western Belle
 
 
This page is devoted to postcards and photographs of the Plymouth excursion vessel Western Belle, now working on the Thames from Hampton Court.
 
Western Belle was built by Fellows of Great Yarmouth for the Millbrook Steam Boat & Trading Company in 1935. She replaced the Whitsand Castle (ex-Kenwith Castle). Western Belle was primarily used on the ferry services across the River Tamar from Plymouth to Millbrook in her early years, though mainly ran Plymouth Dockyard trips in later years, along with Devon Belle and Eastern Belle. Western Belle passed to Dart Pleasure Craft in 1980, and was transferred to the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry. She was sold in 2000, appearing on the Thames for Chris Cruises of Hampton Court, where she runs charters only. Western Belle was sold again in 2008, and travelled to Maryport for restoration. She was restored in 2010 for service on Ullswater, retaining her original name.


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Western Belle (Millbrook SB Co: 1935-1980)
Western Belle (Dart Pleasure Craft: 1980-2000)
Western Belle (Chris Cruises: 2005-2008)
Western Belle (Ullswater Steamers: 2008- )
 
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Western Belle
(Millbrook SB Co: 1935-1980)
 
The Whitsand Castle (ex-Kenwith Castle) was replaced in the Millbrook Steam Boat & Trading Company fleet by the new Western Belle in 1935. Western Belle was primarily used on the ferry in her early years, though mainly ran the Dockyard trips in later, along with Devon Belle and Eastern Belle. Western Belle was built by Fellows of Great Yarmouth. Western Belle passed to Dart Pleasure Craft in 1980, and was transferred to the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry. She was sold in 2000, appearing on the Thames for Chris Cruises of Hampton Court in 2005. In 2008 she was sold to Ullswater Steamers for renovation for use on Lake Ullswater.


Official Millbrook Steam Boat & Trading Company postcard of Western Belle.
Original saloon windows and funnel.
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Official Millbrook Steam Boat & Trading Company postcard of Western Belle.
Later saloon windows and funnel.
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Official Millbrook Company postcard of Western Belle.
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Western Belle
(Dart Pleasure Craft: 1980-2000)
 
Western Belle passed to Dart Pleasure Craft in 1980, and was transferred to the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry. She was sold in 2000, appearing on the Thames for Chris Cruises of Hampton Court in 2005.
 
 
Postcard of Western Belle on the River Dart.
Saloon windows further modified.
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Photograph of Western Belle on the River Dart, working the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1997.
Western Belle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photograph of Western Belle on the River Dart, working the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1997.
Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photograph of Western Belle on the River Dart, working the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1997.
Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photograph of Western Belle on the River Dart, working the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1997.
Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photograph of Western Belle on the River Dart at Kingswear, working the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1997.
Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photograph of Western Belle on the River Dart, working the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1997.
Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photograph of Western Belle on the River Dart, working the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1997.
Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photograph of Western Belle on the River Dart, working the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1997.
Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photograph of Western Belle on the River Dart, working the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1997.
Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
Photograph of Western Belle on the River Dart, working the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 1997.
Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk
 
 
 
 
 
Western Belle
(Chris Cruises: 2000-2008)
 
Western Belle passed to Dart Pleasure Craft in 1980, and was transferred to the Dartmouth-Kingswear ferry. She was sold in 2000, appearing on the Thames for Chris Cruises of Hampton Court in 2005. Western Belle was sold again in 2008, and travelled to Maryport for restoration for service on Ullswater.
 
 
Western Belle at the Teddington River Festival, 2006.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, Teddington Lock, 18th June 2006.
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Western Belle at the Teddington River Festival, 2006.
Photo: © Ian Boyle, Teddington Lock, 18th June 2006.
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Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk


Western Belle leaving Hampton Court lock in torrential rain
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk


Western Belle leaving Hampton Court lock in torrential rain
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk


Western Belle at Hampton Court
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk


Western Belle at Hampton Court
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk


Western Belle at Hampton Court
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk


Western Belle at Hampton Court
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk


Western Belle at Hampton Court
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk


Western Belle at Hampton Court
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk


Western Belle at Hampton Court
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk


Western Belle at Hampton Court
Photo: © Ian Boyle, 17th July 2007
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Western Belle - Photo: © Ian Boyle -  www.simplonpc.co.uk






Western Belle
Ullswater Steamers: 2008- (entered service 2010)



Western Belle after restoration for service on Ullswater
Photo: Robert Beale 2010
Western Belle - Photo:  Robert Beale 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk



Western Belle after restoration for service on Ullswater
Photo: Robert Beale 2010
Western Belle - Photo:  Robert Beale 2010 - www.simplonpc.co.uk









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