TSS St Patrick (1947)

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St Patrick (373471772).jpg
St Patrick at Weymouth
History
Name:
  • 1947-1972: TSS St Patrick
  • 1972-1973: Thermopylae
  • 1973-1980: Agapitos I
Operator:
Port of registry: United Kingdom
Route:
  • 1948: Fishguard - Rosslaire
  • 1948-1963: Weymouth Cherbourg
  • 1963-1965 Southampton - St Malo and Le Havre
  • 1965-1972: Folkestone - Boulogne
Builder: Cammell Laird, Birkenhead
Yard number: 1183
Launched: May 1947
Completed: 23 January 1948
Out of service: 1980
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Tonnage: 3,482 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 97.9 metres (321 ft)
Beam: 14.69 metres (48.2 ft)
Draught: 4.02 metres (13.2 ft)
Installed power: 8500 bhp
Speed: 19 knt
Capacity: 1,200 passengers

TSS St Patrick (III) was a passenger vessel operated by the Great Western Railway from 1947 to 1948 and British Railways from 1948 - 1972[1]

History[edit]

She was built for the Great Western Railway in 1947 as one of a pair of new vessels for the Fishguard to Rosslare service, the other being TSS St David. She replaced a former ship of the same name which had been sunk by torpedo on 13 June 1941.[2][3][4] British Railways took ownership in 1948 and she was based in Weymouth. Typically running services to Cherbourg, she was also used in the summer for trips from Torquay to the Channel Islands.[5] In 1963 she was transferred to Southampton for services to St Malo and Le Havre, and in 1965 she moved to Folkstone for the service to Boulogne.

She was sold in 1972 to Gerasimos S. Fetouris, in Piraeus, and renamed Thermopylae. She was sold again in 1973 to Agapitos Bros, Piraeus and renamed Agapitos I. Scrapped in 1980 in Greece.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Railway and Other Steamers, Duckworth. 1962
  2. ^ "NAVAL EVENTS, June 1941, Part 1 of 2, Sunday 1st – Saturday 14th". Naval History. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Channel Steamer Sunk By Bombs". The Times (48954). London. 17 June 1941. col E, p. 4.
  4. ^ "Railway Steamers Help In The War". The Times (49902). London. 7 July 1944. col G, p. 8.
  5. ^ "Customers blow for excurionists from Westcountry". Western Morning News. England. 18 August 1949. Retrieved 8 October 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ "T/S ST PATRICK" (in Swedish). Fakta om Fartyg. Retrieved 29 March 2011.