For many years Britain has lead the way in transport
technology. Many famous ships, trains and other forms
of transport are either still operational or preserved
in England's many transport museums and historic dockyards.
Britain has lead the way in maritime engineering technology
ever since Victorian engineering genius Isambard Kingdom
Brunel perfected steam engine technology with his SS
Great Britain and the SS Great Western. In
the early part of the twentieth century cruise liners
such as White Star line RMS Titanic, Olympic and
Britannic entered service, along with Cunard line
RMS Mauritania, Aquitania and Lusitania,
which lead the way in ocean-going speed and luxury. Modern
liners such as Queen Mary II, Queen Elizabeth and
Queen Victoria are currently leading the way in
modern ocean-going luxury.
Those who couldn't afford an ocean-going
voyage took advantage of day-excursion ships such as PS
Consul, PS Embassy, PS Ryde and MV Royal Daffodil.
Companies such as Cosens of Weymouth, the Caledonian Steam
Packet Company and Red Funnel operated coastal excursions
providing happy days out for many people over the years.
MV Balmoral entered service in
1949, she was built to replace the paddle steamer PS
Balmoral which was built in 1900 but not reconditioned
after World War II. For the past 65 years she has served
as an Isle of Wight ferry and provided coastal excursions
on the Bristol Channel, South Coast and London/Thames
MV Balmoral has become a vessel
of national historic significance, and is featured on
Historic Ships Register>.
This website showcases many famous British steam ships,
motor vessels, barges, tugs, clippers and tall ships.
Other British ships of note include:
- PS Waverley: The world's last
remaining seagoing paddle steam ship which is owned
by the UK Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS).
The society also owns a coal-fired paddle steamer, PS
Kingswear Castle, currently based on the river Dart
- Chatham Historic Dockyard Ships: HMS
Gannet HMS Cavalier HMS Ocelot
- Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Ships: HMS
Victory HMS Warrior HMS Mary Rose
- Other Historic Ships:
SS Great Britain, Bristol Cutty Sark, Greenwich
HMS Belfast, London Royal Yacht Britannia,
Edinburgh PS Medway Queen, Gillingham Pier, Kent
SS Shieldhall, Southampton
- Museums: The National Maritime
Museum, Greenwich The Imperial War Museum London
Museum of London Docklands