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PS Southsea, Ryde-Portsmouth Passenger Ferry

The paddle steamer PS Southsea operated by Southern Rail on the Ryde-Portsmouth route together with her sister-ship,the PS Whippingham.
Built by Fairfield of Govan, she was launched in 1930.
She was requisitioned during WW2 and took part in the Dunkirk evacuations (1940) and was then used as a minesweeper. In 1941 she hit a mine in the mouth of the River Tyne and after being run aground was declared a total loss.

See also: Ryde  -  Ferries

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