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Brighton

The British Transport Commission - Southern Region Ferry Brighton was delivered by Wm Denny in 1950 and placed on the Newhaven - Dieppe service.

As she only had limited car accommodation and these needed to be side-loaded, she was replaced in 1966 and sold the following year to Jersey Lines and ren

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Actually she had no car accomodation at all when built, Fred. Before the start of the Newhaven/Dieppe car ferry service with Falaise in 1964, cars were craned onto one of the three cargo ships, Rennes, Brest or Nantes. The cargo ship would leave before the passenger steamer and cars offloaded at the other end, ready to be reunited with the drivers when the steamer arrived. This practice stopped as soon as the car ferry service started, and the passenger steamers Brighton, Lisieux and Arromanches soon became surplus to requirements, running summer pax services and excursions only.

It was only when Brighton was sold to Jersey Lines that she went to Antwerp for conversion and had the car doors fitted. Although advertised at the time as 'the fastest ship on the channel', she was exceptionally thirsty and consumption went through the roof when she was pushed to 25kts+. No wonder Jersey Lines went bust.

I've seen this postcard many times at Newhaven Museum and, IIRC, it shows her maiden arrival at Dieppe.

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She became "La Duchesse de Bretagne" for Jersey Lines. There were no stern doors as she operated from ports which then had no linkspans. Instead she had some long side ramps aft and a lift arrangement on deck.http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20L/slides/La%20Duchesse%20de%20Bretagne-01.html
 

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I think what Fred meant by 'stern doors' were those aft ramps. Anyone wanting to see more photos of Brighton (as well as the photos here on SN), pop over to www.ournewhaven.org.uk and look in Port and Harbour>Boats>Cross Channel Ferries, where we have some unique photos that you won't see anywhere else.
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Thank you for the corrections gentlemen. I understood that Brighton's contract speed was 24 knots and she failed to achieve this in her 6 hour speed trials, although she just managed to scrape over this speed in service. So 25kts+ seems unlikely, unless she became significantly faster as she became older.

Brighton was scrapped 20 years after she was built. The average age of the first 25 ferries scrapped this year is 38 years. The failure to provide car accommodation was fatal for most of the early post-war ferries.
 

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My late brother was her 3rd/relief 2nd engineer, Fred. I was assured by him and his colleagues that Brighton (and her French running mate Lisieux) could definitely top 25kts. Brighton also has the honour of being the only ship to make 3 round trips N/D in a 24 hour period, and she really had to shift that day.

However, I think that the French-built Londres (in service from 1947) would have gone even faster. I know that they stripped a turbine when they really opened her up, trying to reach the 27kts that she allegedly reached as the German minelayer Lothringen in WWII!
 

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