Builders: Harland & Wolff Govan Glasgow 1932
Propulsion type: Twin screw triple direct drive turbines
Owners: The Caledonian Steam Packet Co Ltd
Service dates: 1932 - 1970
Tonnage: Net 314 Gross 795
Built to replace the paddle steamer Juno, the Duchess of Hamilton operated the excursion steamers from Ayr, Troon and Ardrossan until 1939. She had a service speed of around 18 knots. Her wheel house was originally open but was enclosed when she came under the control of British Railways in 1948. A cafeteria was installed in 1955. The following year she was converted from coal to oil burning and received radar supplied by Decca in 1960. During the Second World War she served as a troop carrier between Stranraer and Larne and she also tendered in the Clyde.
After the war she was placed on long distance excursions from Gourock to Campbeltown and later to Ayr, Arran and Inverary as well. In 1965 she recieved new livery of 'Monastral' blue hull with red rampant lions on her funnels, as shown in this picture, which was taken at Campbeltown. The picture comes from a slide taken by Cyril Perrier on 25 June 1966. I am grateful to Mr Perrier for letting me share this previously unpublished slide with you. Duchess of Hamilton's last voyage was to Campbeltown on 28 September 1970, although it was not until 1974 that she was finally broken up, at Troon.
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