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Empress Queen

P&A Campbell twin screw turbine excursion steamer

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Planned 1939 and designed for South Coast-France day excursion trade (bad timing!). Served as AA vessel and troop ferry in WW2. Post WW2 spent unsuccessful seasons on Bristol Channel, South Coast (Brighton based); also from Torquay. Sold 1955 to Kouvanides Bros rebuilt and converted to motor ship for cruising. As Philippos Lasted till 1972 when burnt out while refitting.
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She would have been ok for her intended trade but post WW2 currency restrictions and need for full passports for cross-channel trips meant this was a non-starter. Too large and too deep for the Bristol Channel trade, there wasn't enough coastal excursion traffic from South Coast piers to compensate for her high running costs. By the late 30's the Campbells directors were losing the plot. Had they gone to Denny rather than Ailsa their new flagship could have emerged as a shallow draft motorship and the story might have been different.
 

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