|A Great Western Railway Shipping History
Regular steamer services commenced between Weymouth and the Channel Islands following the opening of the railway to the town in 1857 and continued until the demise of Sealink.
Operated by the Weymouth & Channel Islands Steam Packet Company on behalf of the Great Western Railway (GWR) until 1889 when the GWR stepped in and took over the sailings completely.
The history of the service is fully related, including the war years, as is the careers of the 24 ships employed on the route since 1857, including the losses of the 'South of Ireland', the 'Brighton' in 1887, the sinking of the 'Ibex' (twice) and the 'Roebuck'.
Members of the fleet were involved in the evacuation from Dunkirk and the D-Day landings.
Author: B L Jackson
Softback. A5. 208 pages
148 black & white photographs
7 maps and diagrams