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From: Barry Carlson <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] Devon to Wales via ship / ferry
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2012 10:46:51 +1300
As Fenella has pointed out, P&A Campbell operated a fleet of paddle steamers
in the Bristol Channel from the late 19th Century until the mid 1960s when
the paddle steamers were withdrawn.
I remember well the Glen Usk, as I was a crew member on her during the
summer of 1960, following which she was withdrawn fom service. Other ferries
operating at the time were the Cardiff Queen and Bristol Queen. The routes
taken varied from day to day, but a common one for the Glen Usk was:-
Cardiff - Penarth - Weston-super-mare - Penarth - Barry - Minehead or
Ilfracombe - Barry - Penarth - Cardiff. Sometimes we went to Clifton or did
a day-trip to Lundy Is.
I remember that Barry - Minehead took about an hour, and Barry - Ilfracombe
was about 3 hours. The time-table varied considerably due to the large tidal
range in the Bristol Channel.
The following photo is of the Glen Usk departing Penarth for Ilfracombe in
the summer of 1960 .
New Plymouth, NZ
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