Timetables of all LMS Irish Sea services from Stranraer, Heysham, Holyhead and, in association with B&I, Liverpool. The former L&Y and Furness Railway services via Fleetwood and Barrow, had been discontinued by this time. The currency of the time table will be cut short by the outbreak of WWII, and many of the vessels listed will be requisitioned by the Royal Navy, never to return.
One of them was the “Princess Victoria” car ferry mentioned in the leaflet as “Having accommodation for around 80 vehicles on a deck specially constructed for their accommodation and cars will be able to run on and off under their own power at any state of the tide.” She was one of the first of a type of vessel familiar today, and was sunk in the River Humber by a German mine. She should not be confused with the vessel of the same name, also a car ferry. Built in 1947, she operated from Stranraer to Larne. During a severe European windstorm on 31 January 1953, she sank in the North Channel with the loss of 133 lives. This was then the worst maritime disaster in British waters since World War II.
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