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The GSNC's pleasure boats

The General Steam Navigation Company was also one of the major providers of pleasure cruises on the Thames and beyond. After the war, its Royal Daffodil and other vessels ran trips to France.

Here is a small selection of the GSNC's pleasure boats.


The 'Royal Daffodil'.

The 'Royal Daffodil'.

The 'Golden Eagle' passing below Tower Bridge.

The 'Golden Eagle' passing below Tower Bridge.

The 'Royal Daffodil' (1939, 2060 GRT) in the West India Docks in September 1963. Built by William Denny & Brothers, she made seven trips to Dunkirk in 1940 and rescued 9500 troops. After the war, she ran pleasure trips to France until 1966. She was broken up in the Netherlands in the following year.

Delighted children on board the pleasure steamer 'Golden Eagle' (1909, 793 GRT) as she passes beneath Tower Bridge, c. 1950.
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The 'Crested Eagle'.

The 'Crested Eagle'.

The 'Royal Eagle'.

The 'Royal Eagle'.

The excursion paddle steamer 'Crested Eagle' (1925, 1078 GRT) in the Lower Pool in 1935. Built by Samuel White at Cowes, she sailed on the London - Ramsgate route and later and on the London to Southend, Clacton and Felixstowe service. She met a heroic end in 1940, when she was bombed and sunk during the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk.

The excursion paddle steamer 'Royal Eagle' (1932, 1539 GRT) in June 1938. Built by Cammell Laird of Birkenhead, she carried thousands of holidaymakers and daytrippers between London and the coastal resorts of Southend, Clacton, Margate and Ramsgate. In 1940 she made three trips to the beaches of Dunkirk, bringing back over 2,600 servicemen. She was scrapped in 1953.
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A model of the paddle steamer 'Eagle'.

A model of the paddle steamer 'Eagle'.
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A builder's full hull model of the 'Eagle' (1898, 647 GRT). She sailed between London and Southend, Margate, Ramsgate, Deal and Dover until 1928. Built by Gourlay Brothers of Dundee, she served as a minesweeper during World War I.
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