Fleet List

Friends of the Ferries - Mersey Ferries’ Fleet List.

 

WOODSIDE SERVICE.

  In service Built Builder (& yard number) Gross tons Engines HP Propulsion Material Type
Countess of Bridgewater 1822-1822 1815 Archibald McLachlan & Co., Dumbarton 67 (net) Side lever steam 32 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Royal Mail * 1822-1848 1822 Bland & Chaloner, Liverpool ? Simple steam 18 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Francis 1826-1844 1826 Lomax & Wilson, Tranmere 54 (net) Simple steam 22 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Hercules * 1828-? 1828 Not known 46 (net) Simple steam   Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
St. David 1828-1832 1825 W. Mulvey, Chester 45 (net) Simple steam 20 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Kingfisher 1830-1856 1830 G. N. Fisher & Co., Liverpool 90 Simple steam 40 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Ribble 1832-1841 1829 Mottershead & Hayes, Liverpool 75 (net) Simple steam 25 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Ann * 1834-1863 1834 R. & W. Russell, Birkenhead ? Simple steam 34 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Helensburgh 1835-1845 1825 W. Denny & A. McLachlan, Dumbarton 82 (net) Side lever steam 52 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Cleveland 1836-1857 1836 Page & Grantham, Liverpool 95 Beam steam 50 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Eliza Price * 1836-1855 1836 John Laird, Birkenhead (7) 136 Beam steam 50 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Alexandra c. 1837-1855 1835 Hurry & Milcrest, Liverpool 83 Simple steam 40 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Enterprise 1837-1841 1834 John Jones, Preston 40 Simple steam   Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Nun 1841-1868 1840 John Laird, Birkenhead (37) 177 Beam steam 70 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Queen 1844-1881 1844 John Laird, Birkenhead (53) 173 Oscillating steam 60 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger, double ended
Prince 1844-1881 1844 John Laird, Birkenhead (54) 182 Oscillating steam 60 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Tobermory 1846-1849 1836 John Scott & Sons, Greenock 83 Simple steam 40 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Wirrall 1846-1869 1846 John Laird, Birkenhead (60) 192 Oscillating steam 60 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Lord Morpeth 1847-1870 1847 James Hodgson, Liverpool 193 Lever steam 70 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Woodside 1853-1864 1853 Jordan & Getty, Liverpool 115 Oscillating steam 70 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Liverpool 1855-1882 1855 John Laird, Birkenhead (128) 157 Oscillating steam 40 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Empress Eugenie   1855 John Laird, Birkenhead (129) Sold to Admiralty before completion. Renamed Thais.    
Newport 1862-1864 1853 Fenton & Smeaton, Perth 136 Side lever steam 70 Paddle wheels Wood Luggage
Cheshire 1863-1888 1863 H. M. Lawrence & Co., Liverpool 528 Oscillating steam 100 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Woodside 1865-1891 1865 Scott & Co., Northfleet, London 373 Oscillating steam 120 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Lancashire 1865-1891 1865 Scott & Co., Northfleet, London 430 Oscillating steam 100 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Birkenhead 1872-1890 1872 R. J. Evans & Co., Liverpool (46) 428 Diagonal steam 140 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Claughton 1876-1894 1876 D. & W. Henderson & Co., Partick (168) 596 Diagonal steam 120 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Oxton 1879-1926 1879 William Simons & Co., Renfrew (214) 431 Compound steam 98 Twin screws Iron Luggage, double ended
Bebington 1880-1926 1880 William Allsup & Sons, Preston (66) 435 Compound steam 98 Twin screws Iron Luggage, double ended
Tranmere 1884-1926 1884 W. A. Stevens, Birkenhead 435 Compound steam 90 Twin screws Iron Luggage, double ended
Cheshire 1889-1904 1889 Canada Works, Birkenhead (61) 485 Compound steam 187 Paddle wheels Steel Passenger
Mersey 1890-1926 1890 J. Jones & Sons, Liverpool (65) 391 Triple exp. steam 134 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Wirral 1890-1918 1890 J. Jones & Sons, Liverpool (65) 391 Triple exp. steam 134 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Birkenhead 1894-1907 1894 J. Scott & Co., Kinghorn, Fife (87) 311 Compound steam 180 Paddle wheels Steel Passenger
Firefly 1897-1904 1887 J. F. Waddington & Co., Seacombe 165 Compound steam 52 Twin screws Iron Passenger
Lancashire 1899-1930 1899 J. Scott & Co., Kinghorn, Fife (104) 469 Triple exp. steam 300 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Claughton 1899-1930 1899 J. Scott & Co., Kinghorn, Fife (105) 469 Triple exp. steam 300 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Bidston 1903-1933 1903 Londonderry S. & E. Co. (112) 444 Triple exp. steam 122 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Woodside 1903-1930 1903 Londonderry S. & E. Co. (113) 445 Triple exp. steam 122 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Liverpool   1907   Entered service as Prenton (1908).        
Prenton 1908-1934 1907 Caledonian E. & S. Co., Preston 483 Triple exp. steam 136 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Storeton 1910-1940 1910 Ailsa Shipbuilding Co., Ayr (225) 408 Triple exp. steam 114 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Barnston 1921-1939 1921 H. & C. Grayson Ltd., Garston (118) 724 Triple exp. steam 212 Twin screws Steel Luggage
Churton 1921-1939 1921 H. & C. Grayson Ltd., Garston (119) 724 Triple exp. steam 212 Twin screws Steel Luggage
Old Bebington 1925-1927 1880   Formerly Bebington        
Bebington 1925-1949 1925 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead (912) 732 Triple exp. steam 212 Twin screws Steel Luggage
Old Oxton 1925-1930 1879   Formerly Oxton          
Oxton 1925-1949 1925 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead (913) 732 Triple exp. steam 212 Twin screws Steel Luggage
Upton 1925-1946 1925 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead (914) 374 Triple exp. steam 122 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Hinderton 1925-1958 1925 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead (915) 484 Triple exp. steam 163 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Thurstaston 1930-1961 1930 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead (970) 487 Triple exp. steam 163 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Claughton 1930-1962 1930 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead (971) 487 Triple exp. steam 163 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Old Bidston 1933-1933 1903   Formerly Bidston          
Bidston 1933-1960 1933 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead (971) 487 Triple exp. steam 184 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Mountwood 1960- 1960 Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth (1304) 464 Diesel   Twin screws Steel Passenger
        Renamed Royal Iris of the Mersey 2002.      
Woodchurch 1960- 1960 Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth (1305) 464 Diesel   Twin screws Steel Passenger
        Renamed Snowdrop 2004.        
Overchurch 1962- 1962 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead (1304) 468 Diesel   Twin screws Steel Passenger
        Renamed Royal Daffodil 1999.        
          

WALLASEY SERVICES (PRE MUNICIPAL ERA - TO 1861).

  In service Built Builder (& yard number) Gross tons Engines HP Propulsion Material Type
SEACOMBE SERVICE                  
Seacombe * 1822-1861 1822 Mottershead & Hayes, Liverpool 44 (net tons) Simple steam 28 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
      from 1836 (lengthened) 50 (net tons)          
Alice * 1824-1847/52 1824 Mottershead & Hayes, Liverpool 50 (net tons) Simple steam 50 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Alexander * 1824-1828 (c) 1824 Humble & Hurry, Liverpool 40 (net tons) Simple steam 40 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Liverpool * 1830-1853 1830 Mottershead & Hayes, Liverpool   Side lever steam 40 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Admiral / Admiral Lord Nelson * 1835-1839 1835 Liverpool   Side lever steam   Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Thomas Wilson See under Municipal section below.            
Sir Thomas Stanley * 1847/52-1857 1834 W. & T. Wilson, Liverpool 72 Side lever steam 45 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Invincible 1852-1853 1852 Bank Quay Foundry Co., Warrington 111 Side lever steam 35 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Britannia 1853-1853 1821 Mottershead & Hayes, Liverpool 58 Side lever steam 40 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Ramsgate Packet 1853-1866 1834 G. Graham, Harwich 111 Side lever steam 50 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Tiger See under Municipal section below.            
Liscard 1858-1861 1858 James Napier, Govan 98 Oscillating steam 50 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
  Returned to Mersey as Gem in 1864. See under Municipal section below.            
 

EGREMONT SERVICE.

Loch Eck 1830-1842 1829 John Wood & Joseph H. Ritchie, Port Glasgow (36) 38 (net tons) Side lever steam 30 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Hero 1830-1832 1826 Lomax & Wilson, Tranmere 63 (net tons) Simple steam 40 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
John Rigby 1831-1854 1831 Humble & Hurry, Liverpool 50 (net tons) Side lever steam 40 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
      From 1837 81 (gross), 36 (net)          
Ennishowen 1836-1853 1834 William Denny & Son, Dumbarton 70 (net tons) Simple steam 32 Paddle wheels ? Passenger
Egremont 1836-1853 1836 John Nielsen, Glasgow 130 Side lever steam 60 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
  Between 1849 and 1852 known as Jenny Lind.            
Thomas Royden 1837-1839 1837 Thomas Royden, Liverpool 108 Side lever steam 45 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Duke * 1839- 1839 John Sothern, Runcorn   Side lever steam 30 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
MAGAZINES SERVICE                  
Paul Pry 1829-1829 1827 William Radford, Hereford 31 (net tons) Simple steam 12 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
NEW BRIGHTON SERVICE                  
Sir John Moore 1834-1846 1826 J. Lang & Denny, Dumbarton. 97 Side lever steam 50 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Elizabeth See under Municipal section below.            
Queen of Beauty 1845-1860 1845 Robert Napier, Govan (12) 104 Steeple steam 30 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
James Atherton See under Municipal section below.            
Wallasey See under Municipal section below.            
Fairy See under Municipal section below.            
          

WALLASEY SERVICES (MUNICIPAL ERA - FROM 1861).

  In service Built Builder (& yard number) Gross tons Engines HP Propulsion Material Type
Elizabeth 1840-1866 1840 Robert Russell & Sons, Birkenhead 97 Side lever steam 45 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Thomas Wilson 1845-1853 1845 Thomas Wilson, Liverpool 89 Simple steam 50 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
  & 1854-1878                
James Atherton 1846-1881 1846 Thomas Pearson & Co., Liverpool 108 Side lever steam 40 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger, double ended
Wallasey 1847-1867 1847 John Sothern, Egremont 109 Side lever steam 45 Paddle wheels Wood Passenger
Fairy 1849-1862 1849 Thomas Vernon, Liverpool 112 Side lever steam 58 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Tiger 1856-1866 1853 Cato, Miller & Co., Liverpool 107 Side lever steam 40 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
May Flower 1862-1884 1862 H. M. Lawrence & Co., Liverpool 182 Oscillating steam 70 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
      from 1877 (lengthened) 241          
Water Lily 1862-1892 1862 Jones, Quiggin & Co., Liverpool (123) 220 Oscillating steam 80 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Wild Rose 1862-1883 1862 Jones, Quiggin & Co., Liverpool (125) 155 Oscillating steam 60 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Gem (formerly Liscard) 1864-1881 1858 James Napier, Govan 98 Oscillating steam 50 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Heather Bell 1865-1891 1865 Thos. Vernon & Co., Liverpool 205 Oscillating steam 80 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Seymour 1872-1882 1869 Bowdler & Chaffer, Seacombe 110 Oscillating steam 60 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Swallow 1872-1882 1852 Alexander Denny, Dumbarton (21) 93 Diagonal steam 30 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Maggie 1874-1896 1867 Northwich, Cheshire 119 Simple steam 20 Single screw Wood Coal barge
South End 1878-1883 1864 Bowdler, Chaffer & Co., Seacombe 255 None     Iron Landing stage
Primrose 1879-1906 1879 T. B. Seath & Co., Rutherglen (188) 356 Oscillating steam 90 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Daisy 1879-1911 1879 T. B. Seath & Co., Rutherglen (189) 356 Oscillating steam 90 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Sunflower 1879-1905 1879 T. B. Seath & Co., Rutherglen (190) 242 Oscillating steam 60 Paddle wheels Iron Luggage
      Converted to passenger ship 1882 336          
Wallasey 1881-1925 1881 William Allsup & Sons, Preston (75) 251 Compound steam 99 Twin screws Iron Luggage, double ended
Violet 1884-1901 1884 William Allsup & Sons, Preston (99) 361 Oscillating steam 90 Paddle wheels Iron Passenger
Crocus 1884-1909 1884 William Allsup & Sons, Preston (103) 300 Oscillating steam 90 Paddle wheels Steel Luggage, double ended
Snowdrop 1884-1906 1884 William Allsup & Sons, Preston (104) 300 Oscillating steam 90 Paddle wheels Steel Luggage, double ended
Thistle 1891-1911 1891 J. Scott & Co., Kinghorn, Fife (76) 301 Compound steam 138 Paddle wheels Steel Passenger
Shamrock 1891-1902 1865 Scott & Co., Northfleet, London 373 Simple steam 120 Paddle wheels Iron Luggage
Emily 1895-1934 1895 J. Scott & Co., Kinghorn, Fife (94) 154 Compound steam 36 Single screw Steel Coal barge
John Herron 1896-1919 1896 J. Scott & Co., Kinghorn, Fife (96) 333 Compound steam 220 Paddle wheels Steel Passenger
Pansy 1896-1916 1896 J. Scott & Co., Kinghorn, Fife (96) 333 Compound steam 220 Paddle wheels Steel Passenger
Tulip 1897-1933 1897 Exors. of T. A. Walker, Sudbrook, Mon. 432 Triple exp. steam 60 Single screw Steel Dredger
Rose 1900-1927 1900 J. Jones & Son, Tranmere (164) 514 Triple exp. steam 196 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Lily 1901-1927 1901 J. Jones & Son, Tranmere (165) 514 Triple exp. steam 196 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Seacombe 1902-1929 1902 Cochrane & Co., Annan (311) 589 Triple exp. steam 120 Twin screws Steel Luggage, double ended
Iris 1906-1931 1906 R. Stephenson & Co., Hebburn (100) 475 Triple exp. steam 168 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Daffodil 1906-1934 1906 R. Stephenson & Co., Hebburn (101) 475 Triple exp. steam 168 Twin screws Steel Passenger
John Joyce 1910-1936 1910 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead (696) 439 Triple exp. steam 168 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Snowdrop 1910-1936 1910 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead (697) 439 Triple exp. steam 168 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Royal Iris 1918-1931 1906   Formerly Iris          
Royal Daffodil 1918-1934 1906   Formerly Daffodil          
Liscard 1921-1943 1921 J. I. Thornycroft, Southampton (1004) 734 Triple exp. steam 208 Twin screws Steel Luggage, double ended
Leasowe 1921-1948 1921 J. I. Thornycroft, Southampton (1005) 734 Triple exp. steam 208 Twin screws Steel Luggage, double ended
J. Farley 1922-1952 1922 Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon (382) 464 Triple exp. steam 140 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Francis Storey 1922-1951 1922 Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon (383) 464 Triple exp. steam 140 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Wallasey 1927-1964 1927 Caledon S. & E. Co. Ltd., Dundee (306) 813 Triple exp. steam 146 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Marlowe 1927-1958 1927 Caledon S. & E. Co. Ltd., Dundee (307) 813 Triple exp. steam 146 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Perch Rock 1929-1953 1929 Caledon S. & E. Co. Ltd., Dundee (328) 766 Triple exp. steam 146 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Royal Iris II 1932-1956 1932 Harland & Wolff Ltd., Govan (918) 607 Triple exp. steam 185 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Emily II 1933-1937 1933 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead (991) 138 Compound steam 53 Single screw Steel Dredger
Royal Daffodil II 1934-1962 1934 Cammell Laird, Birkenhead (999) 591 Triple exp. steam 184 Twin screws Steel Passenger
Channel Belle 1949-1953 1944 Johnson & Jago, Leigh on Sea, Essex 126 Diesel 200 IHP Twin screws Wood Passenger
Wallasey Belle 1950-1953 1944   Formerly Channel Belle        
Royal Iris 1951-1991 1951 Wm. Denny & Bros., Dumbarton (1448) 1,234 Diesel electric 540 BHP Twin screws Steel Passenger
Leasowe 1951-1974 1951 Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth (1225) 567 Diesel 1,280 BHP Twin screws Steel Passenger
Egremont 1952-1975 1952 Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth (1226) 567 Diesel 1,280 BHP Twin screws Steel Passenger
St. Hilary 1957-1962 1934   Formerly Royal Daffodil II        
Royal Daffodil II 1958-1977 1958 Jas. Lamont, Port Glasgow (391) 609 Diesel 1,760 BHP Twin screws Steel Passenger
Royal Daffodil 1968-1977 1958   Formerly Royal Daffodil II        
          
* Not registered during ferry service, so some details be missing or approximate.