The atrocious freezing fog of yesterday has now lifted somewhat, though the stench of a thousand coal fires hangs in the raw still air. It is still cold, but the biting north wind has subsided and a hazy sun is struggling to break through the remains of the fog, giving all the windows in our street a golden glow. The usual drab grey stone buildings have also taken on a warm hue, which I must say lifts the spirits somewhat. To further delight me personally, the ankles have benefited immensely from the mustard bath, and last night's rabbit casserole has left me with a feeling of wellbeing. So I am off to the waterfront to look at these new fangled steam ships and packets. I will do the list as with the Sailing Coasters, but for some reason or other the masters of these modern vessels appear to be very shy and in most cases will not allow for their names to appear in print! Maybe it is because of what I found when I got to the first vessel the "Prince Llewelyn" which appears to have a cracked boiler, there is steam and smoke everywhere and alot of very embarrassed looking officials, trying (it appears in vain) to placate some very angry looking potential customers! ~ anyway here goes.
BEAUMARIS and BANGOR "Prince Llewelyn" and "St. David" (of 75 horse power each) ~ sail regularly from George's Dock, Pier Head, for Beaumaris and Bangor, North Wales, average passage six hours. Agents: Liverpool - John Watson (junior) 27 Water Street. Beaumaris - William Critchlow, Castle Street. BAGILLT "Cambria" ~ sails with goods and passengers to Bagillt, near Holywell, North Wales, every day at eight morning. Liverpool - Office 19 Nova Scotia. BELFAST "Waterloo" ~ every Saturday, with passengers and goods. Agents: Liverpool - William Stewart, 25 Redcross Street. Belfast - George Langtry & Co.. BELFAST "Transit" ~ captain : Samuel Montgomery, with an engine of 100 horse power, and of 310 tons measurement, sails to Belfast with goods and passengers every Wednesday. Agents: Liverpool - John McCammon, 27 Drury Lane. Belfast - Sloan, Charley & Sloan, James Street. CLYDE and GLASGOW The "Henry Bell" ~ Captain Johnson; and "James Watt" ~ Captain Lindsay, sail regularly to and from Glasgow every Tuesday and Friday with goods and passengers. Agents: Liverpool - Lindsay & Gordon, 1 south end of Geoerge's Dock. Glasgow - Alexander Laird & Co., 25 York Street. DOUGLAS, Isle of Man "Albion" ~ sails from Liverpool twice per week at 8mg. Packet Office - 19 Nova Scotia DUBLIN The "St. George" (of 110 horse power) every Mon. Wed. and Frid; and "Emerald Isle" (150 horse power) every Tu. Thu. and Sat. average passage about twelve hours. Agents: Liverpool - John Watson (junior), 27 Water Street. Dublin - Henry Hayes, 76 Abbey Street. DUBLIN The "Mountaineer" sails regularly every Tu. Thu. and Sat. and the "Caledonia" every Mon. Wed. and Frid; average passage about 12 hours, and having only a light draught of water, proceed up to the city of Dublin. Agents: Liverpool - William Stewart, 25 Redcross Street. Dublin - William Marquis 6 Eden Quay. DUBLIN The Dublin and Liverpool Steam Navigation Co's Packets "Mersey" and "Liffey" with goods and passengers, sail regularly twice a week from Dublin to Liverpool. Agents: Liverpool - W. Laird, 41 Water Street. Dublin - J. & W. Hanks, Eden Quay. DUBLIN The City of Dublin Steam Packet Co. established for the conveyance of goods, passengers, packages, and parcels, between the ports of Dublin and Liverpool, despatch their steam vessels: City of Dublin" and "Town of Liverpool" twice a week regularly throughout the year. These vessels (above 300 tons measurement) have engines of 130 horses power, and are capable of containing a cargo of 200 tons measurement goods. Agents: Liverpool - Samuel Perry, Commercial Buildings, 16 Water Street. Dublin - Thomas Manders, 17 Eden Quay.
My next visit to the docks will be hunting out steam
vessels whose destined ports begin with the letter
'E'. During my walks today, I met a few of my old
friends from my earlier wanderings. Most seem so
at the possible demise of Sailing Coasters, and I
must say if the appalling smell and noise coming
from these new vessels is a picture of the future,
.... "Heaven help us all!" One old seafarer remarked to me today, "Steam power may have come t'sea but God help us if ever comes t'land - it would kill us all"! Interesting thought isn't it....................