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Name: HAMPTON FERRY
Type: Train Ferry (Ro-Ro)
Launched: 30/07/1934
Completed: 11/1934
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 1448
Dimensions: 2839grt, 1044nrt, 346.8 x 60.7 x 18.2ft
Engines: 4 x Steam turbines, SR Geared, 948nhp
Engines by: Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 16.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 163542
History:
06/11/1934 Southern Railway Co, London
1948 British Transport Commission, Southern Region
1963 British Railways Board, London
1969 Claxton Ltd (DJ Chandris), Hamilton, Bermuda
1971 Renamed TRE ARDDUR
05/07/1973 Broken up
Comments: In service on the Dover to Dunkerque route
1939:Requisitioned by the Admiralty, renamed HMS HAMPTON
1939: Converted for mine laying
1940: Used as a troop transport
1944: Fitted with a heavy gantry crane for lifting steam locomotives (up to 84 tons)
Could carry 16 locomotives, ready coaled plus 20 trucks
Same crane fitted to sister ships TWICKENHAM FERRY & SHEPPERTON FERRY
1944: Crane fabricated by Palmers at Hebburn & fitted by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead
1947: Gantry removed and returned to owners; renamed HAMPTON FERRY
05/07/1973: Arrived at Valencia for breaking up
Broken up by Industrial y Comercial de Levante


Above photo is courtesy of Roy Thornton

Above photo, showing her as fitted with a gantry crane, is courtesy of Roy Thornton

Above photo is courtesy of Roy Thornton

Above photo shows detail of the gantry crane. Photo courtesy of Photoship

Above photo is courtesy of Roy Thornton

Above photo is courtesy of Michael Woodland

Above photo is copyright of Ted Ingham

Above photo as TRE-ARDDUR is copyright of Mike Lennon, Andreas Worteler collection