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Biarritz (1915); Passenger vessel: Ferry

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Collection Ship models, Passenger vessels
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsBiarritz (1915)

Object details:

Object ID SLR1430
Description Scale: 1:96. A twin-screw steel cross-Channel packet, built by William Denny & Bros, Dunbarton, for the South Eastern & Chatham Railway Company. On completion in March 1915, in the midst of the First World War, ‘Biarritz’ was taken over by the Admiralty and commissioned as a minelayer. On being handed back to her owners after the armistice, she commenced her long career as a passenger ferry on the Folkstone – Boulogne route. From 1921 she was owned by the Southern Railway Company. During the winter of 1925–26 she underwent a refit at Dunbarton during which her boilers were converted from coal to oil burning. During the Second World War she was used as a Fleet Air Arm target ship and then, from 1942 to 1945, as an infantry landing ship. For two years after the War, ‘Biarritz’ was engaged in cross-Channel trooping duties, after which she was again refitted at Dunbarton. But, after only one year’s service, she was sold for breaking up.
Date made circa 1915

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials wood; cotton; brass; steel; glass; slate; plastic; paint
Measurements Overall: 330 x 1138 x 130 mm
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