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From: Fenella Rook <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] Devon to Wales via ship / ferry
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2012 11:08:14 -0800 (PST)
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As a child in the 1950s  I went from Ilfracombe to Barry and Cardiff via the Campbell's fleet of paddle steamers... the White Funnel Line. Ships names were Bristol Queen, Brighton Queen, Devon Queen???

Wikipedia has an article about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P_and_A_Campbell

 

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From: C LEYMAN <>
To: Sher Leetooze <>; "" <>
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2012 11:29:39 AM
Subject: Re: [DEV] Devon to Wales via ship / ferry

When I were a lad in South Wales, the standard ferries were Swansea/Ilfracombe and either Cardiff or Barry/Weston-super-mare.

On the other hand, several of my own and my wife's ancestors came from North Devon to work on the railways in Glamorgan and my aged aunt once told me that many people "came to work with the railway"


Not conclusive, but there must have been a mixture of routes

Clive Leyman



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From: Sher Leetooze <>
To:
Sent: Saturday, 10 March 2012, 13:24
Subject: Re: [DEV] Devon to Wales via ship / ferry

My husband's ancestors came from Holcombe Rogus Parish, Devon over near
Wellington, Somerset.  Most of the younger fellas went to Bristol when they
came of age and some went on to South Wales where they became police
officers in various small towns.  I assumed they had taken a ferry across
the estuary.  It would be nice to know exactly what sort of amenities there
were in that area in the mid to late 1800's.
Sher



At 10:09 AM 10/03/2012 +0000, you wrote:

>It wasn't exactly a scheduled ferry service, but I can remember going from
>Ilfracombe to Penarth (just outside Cardiff) and back several times in the
>1960s. As I recall it was a 'holiday trippers' thing, though there were a
>couple of crossings a day in the summer.
>
>The main ferry crossing however was from Aust to Beachley, almost next to
>the Severn Bridge. It was a dangerous crossing because of the tidal range
>and currents, and the massive sand banks made it impossible at low tide.
>Daniel Defoe famously refused to use it on his perambulations, because of
>the risk. The ferry closed in 1966 after the opening of the Severn Bridge.
>
>St Augustine of Canterbury is believed to have held a meeting with the
>Celtic bishops at Aust in 603, possibly because it was a convenient crossing
>place, and in the sixth and seventh century most of the British bishops were
>in Wales. anyway!
>
>Angela in Dawlish
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Barbara Mallyon" <>
>To: "liverpud" <>; "DEVON-L" <>
>Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2012 8:03 AM
>Subject: Re: [DEV] Devon to Wales via ship / ferry
>
>
> > Hello Edna and Lund,
> >
> > Thank you for this website. I have relations that live in Milford
> > Haven and know the coast of Wales quite well.
> >
> > Nelson thought that the Haven (Milford Haven) was on of the best
> > natural Harbours.
> >
> > Years ago just before 1954 there used to be a ferry that went across
> > the Bristol
> > Channel from Wales to Devon. Looking at GOOGLE I read that they are
> > trying again to get a ferry service going again.
> >
> > You could contact the Devon Family History Society, I am sure they
> > could give you the answer.
> >
> > Kind regards
> >
> > Barbara Lewis Mallyon
> > Basingstoke, Hants. UK
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "liverpud" <>
> > To: "DEVON-L" <>
> > Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2012 3:41 AM
> > Subject: [DEV] Devon to Wales via ship / ferry
> >
> >
> >> Another way of getting from Devon to Wales would be by ship many of
> >> which
> >> didn't make it.
> >> http://www.dive-pembrokeshire.com/wreck1.html
> >>
> >> Edna - Ottawa
> >
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