In her original guise on the Southampton to Western France services before conversion to a car ferry, initially to open the Newhaven-Dieppe car ferry service
Built 1947 by Denny, Dumbarton
4,700 gross tons, 310 foot x 49 foot, speed 20 knots
British Railways' steamer Falaise. From the fact that she's absolutely pristine, and that there appear to be only crew on board, The concencus here at the Museum is that this probably shows her brand new and on trials.
In the 60's Newhaven could repair it own ships. Here, Falaise is being wedged in at the Marine Workshops, next to the bridge. The old Newhaven bridge and the presence of Kitava standing in for the Meeching (away for refit) suggests late 60's. Kitava was 'fun' compared to Meeching!
This scene is Dieppe on a summer afternoon in 1964. The Falaise is at the new car ferry ramp, having just opened the Newhaven-Dieppe car ferry service. RMS Brighton has just arrived, heading for the passenger berth ahead of Falaise. She was to be the last passenger only steamer on the run.