Ferries that have operated on the Humber Estuary

 

P.S. Magna Charta Started the New Holland to Hull ferry service in 1826
P.S. Falcon Worked on the New Holland to Hull ferry service in 1845 and acquired by the New Holland Ferry company in mid 1849.
P.S. Prince of Wales Bought from the Gravesend Steam Packet Company on 1 January 1848.
P.S. QueenBuilt in 1842 by Ditchburn and Mare. She was only 9ft long. Bought from the Gravesend Steam Packet Company on 1 January 1848.
P.S. Manchester Launched on 12 May 1849 and replaced in 1855 with an ex-Clyde steamer given the same name. She was 150ft long. She was eventually renamed Old Manchester.
P.S. Sheffield Running in 1849 and replaced in 1855 with an ex-Clyde steamer given the same name. She was eventually renamed Old Sheffield.
P.S. Petrel Worked on the New Holland to Hull ferry service in 1850 hired in from the Watermans Co.
P.S. Royal Albion This was a general purpose tug boat that was brought into service as a stand in ferry from 1860 for a short time.
P.S. Liverpool Built by M Samuelson of Hull, she was 159.6 feet long and worked the New Holland to Hull route mainly between 1864 and 1899.
P.S. Doncaster Built by M Samuelson of Hull, she was 159.6 feet long and worked the New Holland to Hull route mainly between 1864 and 1899.
P.S. Manchester Used as a stand in until the arrival of 'Magna Charta (II)'. She ran aground in 1875 and broke her back.
P.S. Grimsby Built in Hull at Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd. She was 180 foot long.
Used from 1888 to 1922, then it was sold for breaking in 1923.
P.S. Cleethorpes Used from 1903 to 1934. It was built by Gourley Bros. Ltd and was 190.1 foot long. It became a seaplane tender in World War I, then it was sold to Redcliffe Shipping Co.
P.S. Brocklesby Built in Hull at Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd and was 195 foot long.
Used from 1912 to 1935, It became a seaplane tender in World War I, then it was sold for use on the Firth of Forth and renamed Highland Queen. It was sent for scrapping in Germany in 1936.
P.S. Killingholme Built in Hull at Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd and was 195 foot long.
Used from 1912 to 1945. It was used to officially open King George Dock in Immingham. It became a seaplane tender in World War I and a seaplane carrier in World War II. It was used for excursion work from 1934 when the P.S. Wingfield Castle and Tattershall Castle was introduced.
P.S. Frodingham Built by A and J Inglis, Glasgow in 1895 and was originally called the Dandy Dinmont.
Bought by the London and North Eastern Railway Company in 1928 to run between New Holland and Hull.
Sold in 1936 to breakers in Belgium.
P.S. Wingfield Castle Built by Wm Gray in Hartlepool for the London and North Eastern Railway Company in 1934 and was 199.9 foot long.
It was withdrawn in 1974 and eventually became an exhibit at the Hartlepool Museum where it still is today.
P.S. Tattershall Castle Built by Wm Gray in Hartlepool for the London and North Eastern Railway Company in 1934 and was 199.9 foot long. It was the first ever paddle driven ship to be equiped with radar.
It was withdrawn in 1972 and sent to the Thames embankment first as an art gallery and then as a pub. It is still there today.
P.S. Lincoln Castle Built by A and J Inglis, Glasgow in 1940 for the London and North Eastern Railway Company and was 199.7 foot long.
It could carry 20 cars and 914 passengers.
It was withdrawn in 1978 when it became a pub moored at Hessle. It was later moved to the Heritage Centre at Alexandra Dock in Grimsby where it stood until October 2010 when it was dismantled for scrap.
D.E.P.V. Farringford Built in 1947.
It was transferred from the Isle of Wight in 1974 for British Railways. It could carry 40 cars and 796 passengers.
It was withdrawn in 1981 when the Humber Bridge was opened.


P.S. Caledonia paddle sloop used from 1814 between Hull and Gainsborough.
P.S. Humber paddle steamer working on the Humber from 1815.
P.S. British Queen paddle steamer working on the Humber from 1815.
P.S. Albion paddle steamer working on the Humber from 1815.
P.S. Waterloo paddle steamer working on the Humber from 1815.
P.S. Maria paddle steamer working on the Humber from 1815.
P.S. Royal Charter paddle steamer used from 1831 between Barton and Hull. This was the official steamer.
P.S. Public Opinion paddle steamer used from 1831 between Barton and Hull. This was the 'peoples opposition boat'. (This vessel was formerly called Victory)
Pelham Little is know about this apart from it working between Hull and Grimsby from 1832.
P.S. Kingston paddle steamer working Hull to Grimsby from 1832.
P.S. Adelaide paddle steamer working Hull to Selby in 1832.
P.S. John Bull paddle steamer working Hull to Thorne in 1832.
P.S. Rockingham paddle steamer working Hull to Thorne in 1832.
P.S. Eagle paddle steamer working Hull to Goole in 1832.
P.S. Dart paddle steamer working Hull to Gainsborough in 1832.
P.S. Mercury paddle steamer working Hull to Gainsborough in 1832.
P.S. Elizabeth paddle steamer working Hull to Brigg in 1832.
P.S. Trafalgar paddle steamer working Hull to York in 1832.
P.S. Sovereign paddle steamer working Hull to Selby in 1835.
P.S. Ann Scarborough paddle steamer working the Barton to Hessle ferry service from 1841.
P.S. Columbine Launched 1843. This iron steamer was used between Hull and Lindsey (Gainsborough) and was capable of carrying 500 passengers.
P.S. Atalanta Used from 1851 between Gainsborough and Hull by the Gainsborough Steam Packet Co. Also worked Hull to Burton Stather, Hull to Ferriby and Hull to Grimsby. Withdrawn during World War I
P.S. Manchester  paddle steamer working Hull to Burton Stather, Hull to Ferriby and Hull to Grimsby from 1855. Used on the Hull to New Holland service briefly (see above).
P.S. Sheffield (II) paddle steamer working Hull to Burton Stather, Hull to Ferriby and Hull to Grimsby from 1855.
P.S. Isle of Axholme Used from 1860 between Gainsborough and Hull by the Gainsborough Steam Packet Co. It was sold in 1912 to the Goole Steam Packet Co and used between Goole and Hull. It was broken up in Scarborough in the 1920's.
P.S. Lady ElizabethUsed from 1890 between Hull and Goole by the Hull and Goole Steam Packet Co. It finally left the Humber to work on the Amazon.
P.S. Her Majesty Used from 1893 between Hull and South Ferriby Sluice by the Hull and Goole Steam Packet Co. It was broken up in 1912. (It may have started running as early as 18th June 1858)
P.S. Empress Used from 1893 between Hull and Goole by the Hull and Goole Steam Packet Co. It was sold to Tay Steamboat Co Ltd in 1916 and broken up in 1922. (It may have been running as early as 1858)
P.S. Humber Used from 1895 between Grimsby and Spurn and also Winteringham to Hull including possibly Burton, South Ferriby and New Holland by J Turner. It was originally built as a tug for use on the river Tyne. It had a length of 100ft and a breadth of 19ft.
Hovercraft Minerva and Mercury Used briefly between Hull Pier and Grimsby Docks from 17 February 1968 to 21 October 1968. The hovercraft cut 1 hour off the ferry travelling time and only cost 50p. Unfortunately they were frail and never managed to cope with the Humber. By June of 1968 both hovercrafts had suffered 164 propeller or shaft breakages between them.

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