ROYAL LADY

ROYAL LADY

Postby Tony Frost » Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:55 pm

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Re: ROYAL LADY

Postby northeast » Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:27 pm

Good one Tony.
From the Simplon site ...
"The first major diesel excursion ship at Scarborough was the Royal Lady of 1934. She was built by John Crown & Sons at Sunderland, for Thomas Round & Sons of Scarborough. Royal Lady was the first large "off-shore" diesel excursion ship to enter service in the UK. She was propelled by two 125hp Crossley engines, which gave her a speed of 9.5 knots. These engines required far less space than previous steam installations, allowing a far greater area to be devoted to passenger accommodation. Royal Lady was fitted out in a far more luxurious manner than such ships had been previously. Her forward funnel was a dummy, and they later received two coloured bands. Her first season was very successful, although she was competing with the last of the paddle steamers, the Bilsdale. The faster Coronia (1) arrived in 1935. In September 1937 Royal Lady was sold for a good price for service between Malta and Gozo with Captain Orazio Mizzi, to be replaced at Scarborough by the larger and faster New Royal Lady. In 1938 she was transferred to the Gozo Mail Service, remaining on a route between Mgarr (Gozo) and Marfa (Malta). She was sunk on 7th May 1942 by Luftwaffe bombs, whilst alongside the quay at Mgarr, still carrying the name Royal Lady. By coincidence, her replacement, the New Royal Lady, also followed her out to Malta, operating on the same routes under the name Imperial Eagle."
Cheers, George
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Postby Tony Frost » Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:05 am

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