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Chronological list of Ships operating on the Holyhead to Ireland Route.

Crew and Officers of the SS Hibernia 1900-1915

Crew and Officers of the SS Hibernia 1900-1915

The Port of Holyhead owes its prosperity mainly to the sea, and mainly to these vessels and their crews who sailed daily to Ireland. Tragically over the years, many lives would be lost, either by accident or by act of war, and much heroism would be witnessed. These then were the Holyhead ferries, cattle boats, mailboats and most importantly - the people:-



Name & Prefix
Year
Tons
Operator
Maker
Information
SS Anglia 1848 473 C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859 Ditchburn & Mare Chester and Holyhead Railway
SS Cambria 1848 590 C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859 Lairds Increased to 759 tons when she was lengthened by 37 feet in 1861. Scrapped in 1884
SS Scotia 1848 479 C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859 Wigram & Co  
SS Hibernia 1848 573 C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859 Bury Curtis & Kennedy Converted to a cargo ship in 1852. Sold in 1870
SS Telegraph 1853 848 C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859 J&G Thompson Govan Purchased from the Belfast SS Co. Scrapped in 1884 after she had been grounded
SS Ocean 1853 507 C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859 ?  
SS Hercules 1835/8 300 C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859 Mottishead & Heyes Purchased in 1853
SS Queen 1845 ? C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859 ? Purchased in 1853
SS Sea Nymph 1845 685 C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859 Caird Purchased 1856
SS Admiral Moorsom 1860 747 L. & N.W.R. Randolph Elder Named after C.R. Moorsom, director of the C&H Railway Co.Weight increased to 794 tons when new boilers were installed in 1868. Lost in a collision in 1885
RMS Connaught 1860 1412 C.of D.S.P. Co ? Irish Mail ship. City of Dublin Steam Packet Co.
RMS Leinster 1860 1421 C.of D.S.P. Co ? Irish Mail ship
RMS Munster 1860 1431 C.of D.S.P. Co ? Irish Mail ship. Scrapped in 1896 when new ship with new name was delivered
RMS Ulster 1860 1421 C.of D.S.P. Co ? Irish Mail ship. Scrapped in 1896 when new ship of the same name was delivered
SS Alexandra 1863 703 L. & N.W.R. Lairds Weight increased to 828 tons when new boilers were installed in 1870. Sold in 1889 and renamed Elise Schultze
SS Stanley 1864 782 L. & N.W.R. Caird Weight increased to 792 tons when new boilers installed in 1872. Sold in 1888
SS Dodder





? ? L. & N.W.R. ? Operated as a local steamer in the Carlingford Lough. In July 1873 she sank after a collision with the Countess of Erne. In Sept 1874 she was raised and put back into service.
SS Countess of Erne 1868 830 L. & N.W.R. Walpole Webb & Bewley Sold in 1889
SS Duke of Sutherland 1868 860 L. & N.W.R. Leslie & Co Scrapped in 1888
SS Mersey 1869 ? L. & N.W.R. ? Operated between Greenore and Warren Point. Started 1st June 1880. Sold to JJ King of Garston in 1897
SS Severn 1869 ? L. & N.W.R. ? Bought in 1880 for the sum of £620. Arrived Holyhead in September of that year. Sold to TW Ward in 1899
SS Duchess of Sutherland 1869 761 L. & N.W.R. Leslie & Co In 1888 Lairds installed new boilers & engines and twin screw propellers and her weight rose to 848 tons. Scrapped in 1908
SS Edith 1870 749 L. & N.W.R. Leslie & Co In 1875 she sank after a collision with the Duchess of Sunderland. Raised and put back into service. In 1892 Lairds installed new boilers & engines and twin screw propellers and her weight rose to 837 tons.
SS Eleanor 1873 917 L. & N.W.R. Lairds Sailed on the Greenore service, and later on the Dublin North Wall service. On the 27th January 1881 she was wrecked near Kilkeel
SS Earl Spencer 1874 858 L. & N.W.R. Lairds Sailed on the Greenore service, and later on the Dublin North Wall service. In 1884 Lairds installed new boilers and her weight rose to 909 tons. Scrapped in 1896
SS Rose 1876 1186 L. & N.W.R. Lairds In 1887 Lairds installed new boilers and her weight rose to 1269 tons. Scrapped in 1894
SS Shamrock 1876 1186 L. & N.W.R. Lairds In 1886 Lairds installed new boilers and her weight rose to 1266.Scrapped in 1898
SS Isabella 1877 842 L. & N.W.R. Lairds In 1888 Lairds installed new boilers and her weight rose to 899 tons. Scrapped in 1898
SS Lily 1880 1035 L. & N.W.R. Lairds In 1891 Lairds installed new engines and boilers and her weight rose to 1144 tons. Sold in 1900
SS Violet 1880 1035 L. & N.W.R. Lairds Though replaced by 1900, she was kept on as a standby ship. In 1891 Lairds installed new engines and boilers and her weight rose to 1175 tons. Sold in 1902
SS Eleanor 1881 854 L. & N.W.R. Lairds 2nd ship of that name after the first was wrecked. Scrapped in 1902
SS Holyhead 1883 840 L. & N.W.R. Duncan Port The first steel non paddle steamer. Sank after a collision with the German owned Alhambra on 31st October 1883
SS North Wall 1883 842 L. & N.W.R. Duncan Port Scrapped in 1905
SS Banshee 1884 1109 L. & N.W.R. Lairds In 1894 Lairds installed new boilers and engines and her weight rose to1250 tons. The last of the paddle steamers. Scrapped in 1906
SS Irene 1885 989 L. & N.W.R. Harland & Wolff  
SS Olga

1887 970 L. & N.W.R. Lairds  
SS Anglesey 1888 980 L. & N.W.R. Harland & Wolff  
SS Rosstrevor 1895 1094 L. & N.W.R. Denny Bros Scrapped in 1926
RMS Munster 1896 2641 CofDSPCo Lairds Scrapped in 1924. Second ship of that name
RMS Ulster 1896 2641 CofDSPCo Lairds  
SS Greenore 1896 ? L. & N.W.R. JP Rennoldson The last paddle ship to be built for the L&NWR. At one time she was lengthened 12 feet. Renamed SS Cloghmore when the 1912 turbine steamer of the same name was delivered
RMS Connaught 1897 2646 CofDSPCo Lairds In 1917 she was sunk by a torpedo in the English Channel
RMS Leinster 1897 1421 CofDSPCo Lairds In 1918 she was sunk by a German U-boat on her way from Ireland to Holyhead
SS Connemara 1897 1105 L&NWR Denny Bros Sunk 3rd November 1916 with the loss of 97 lives after a collision with SS Retriever off the Carlingford Bar, Ireland
SS Galtee More 1898 1105 L&NWR Denny Bros In 1915 she also operated on the Weymouth/Channel Islands service, and would often be a stand in on the Stranraer/Larne route. Scrapped in 1926
SS Cambria 1897 1842 L&NWR Denny Bros Renamed Arvonia when new ship of same name delivered in 1921. Scrapped 1925
SS Anglia 1900 1862 L&NWR Denny Bros Converted to a hospital ship during WWI. Sunk by a mine on 17th November 1915, with the loss of 105 lives
SS Hibernia
1900 1862 L&NWR Denny Bros Became HMS Tara during WWI. Sunk by a torpedo 5th November 1915
SS South Stack 1900 1066 L&NWR Lairds Scrapped in 1931
SS Snowdon 1902 1110 L&NWR Lairds Scrapped in 1935
SS Scotia 1902 1872 L&NWR Lairds Survived service in WWI. Renamed Menevia in 1920 when new ship of the same name delivered
SS Slieve More 1904 1138 L&NWR Harland & Wolff Scrapped in 1932
SS Slieve Bawn 1905 1148 L&NWR Lairds Scrapped in 1935
SS Slieve Bloom 1908 1166 L&NWR Vickers Lost in collision off Anglesey with a U.S. warship on 20th March 1918
SS Slieve Gallion 1908 1166 L&NWR Vickers Scrapped in 1937
SS Rathmore 1908 1569 L&NWR Vickers Sold in 1927 and renamed Lorrain
SS Greenore 1912 1488 L&NWR Cammell Laird Scrapped in 1926
SS Curraghmore 1919 1587 L&NWR Denny Bros Sailed on the Holyhead to Dublin, and also the Greenore service from 1919 until 1930. Renamed Duke of Abercorn in 1930 and sailed between Heysham and Belfast. Scrapped in 1935
SS Anglia 1920 3460 L&NWR Denny Bros ?
SS Hibernia 1920 3467 L&NWR Denny Bros Renamed Hibernia II in 1948 on delivery of new ship of same name. Scrapped 1949
SS Cambria 1921 3445 L&NWR Denny Bros Renamed Cambria II in 1948 on delivery of new ship of same name. Scrapped 1949
SS Scotia 1921 3441 L&NWR Denny Bros Sunk at Dunkirk on the 1st June 1940. Over 330 lives lost
 SS Slieve Donard





1921 1116 L&NWR Vickers The last ship purchased by the L&NWR. Scrapped in 1954
MV Cambria


1949 4972 British Rail   Sold in 1976. Renamed Altaif
MV Hibernia


1949 4973 British Rail   Sold in 1976. Renamed Express Apollon
MV Holyhead Ferry I



1965 3879 Sealink   Moved to the Channel service in 1976. Renamed Earl Leofric
MV Brian Boroime

 


1970   Sealink   Container Ship
MV Rhodri Mawr

 


1970   Sealink   Container Ship
MV St Columba


1977 7836 Sealink   Renamed Stena Hibernia in 1991. Later renamed Express Aphrodite and still in use with Hellas Ferries (2006)
MV Sea Lynx 1993 3012 Stena Line    

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