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Name: VICTORIA
Type: Ferry
Launched: 03/1860
Completed: 1860
Builder: J Wigham Richardson & Co
Yard: Neptune, Low Walker
Yard Number: 1
Dimensions: 37grt,14dwt, 65.0 x 13.0 x 6.0ft
Engines: 2cyl (8.8 & 8.8 x 24ins), 12nhp
Engines by: R & W Hawthorn & Co Ltd, Newcastle
Propulsion: Paddle, 7.0knots on trials
Construction: Iron
Reg Number: 29096
History:
1860 Port of Portsmouth & Ryde Steam Packet Co; registered at Cowes
No later history known
Comments: The order for this ship was sub-contracted from A Leslie, who supplied the engine
The value of the contract was 698
She was built for the Portsmouth Isle of Wight service.
It was the first roll on / off ferry on the service, having a square stern bulwark, which served as a watertight door that would be hinged down to allow vehicles, cattle or other merchandise to be loaded.
It was recorded that when business was slack she was used for the carriage of shingle and bricks.


Above photo courtesy of the Ian Rae collection