Chronological List of Ships Operating on the Holyhead to Ireland Route

Crew and Officers of the SS Hibernia 1900-1915

The Port of Holyhead owes its prosperity mainly to the sea, and mainly to these vessels and their crews who sailed daily to Ireland. Tragically over the years, many lives would be lost, either by accident or by acts of war, and much heroism would be witnessed. These then were the Holyhead ferries, cattle boats, mailboats and most importantly – the people:

Name & PrefixYearTonsOperatorMakerInformation
SS Anglia1848473C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859Ditchburn & MareChester and Holyhead Railway
SS Cambria1848590C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859LairdsIncreased to 759 tons when she was lengthened by 37 feet in 1861. Scrapped in 1884
SS Scotia1848479C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859Wigram & Co 
SS Hibernia1848573C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859Bury Curtis & KennedyConverted to a cargo ship in 1852. Sold in 1870
SS Telegraph1853848C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859J&G Thompson GovanPurchased from the Belfast SS Co. Scrapped in 1884 after she had been grounded
SS Ocean1853507C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859? 
SS Hercules1835/8300C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859Mottishead & HeyesPurchased in 1853
SS Queen1845?C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859?Purchased in 1853
SS Sea Nymph1845685C & H Railway / L. & N. W. R. from 1859CairdPurchased 1856
SS Admiral Moorsom1860747L. & N.W.R.Randolph ElderNamed after C.R. Moorsom, director of the C&H Railway Co.Weight increased to 794 tons when new boilers were installed in 1868. Lost in a collision in 1885
RMS Connaught18601412C.of D.S.P. Co?Irish Mail ship. City of Dublin Steam Packet Co.
RMS Leinster18601421C.of D.S.P. Co?Irish Mail ship
RMS Munster18601431C.of D.S.P. Co?Irish Mail ship. Scrapped in 1896 when new ship with new name was delivered
RMS Ulster18601421C.of D.S.P. Co?Irish Mail ship. Scrapped in 1896 when new ship of the same name was delivered
SS Alexandra1863703L. & N.W.R.LairdsWeight increased to 828 tons when new boilers were installed in 1870. Sold in 1889 and renamed Elise Schultze
SS Stanley1864782L. & N.W.R.CairdWeight increased to 792 tons when new boilers installed in 1872. Sold in 1888
SS Dodder





??L. & N.W.R.?Operated as a local steamer in the Carlingford Lough. In July 1873 she sank after a collision with the Countess of Erne. In Sept 1874 she was raised and put back into service.
SS Countess of Erne1868830L. & N.W.R.Walpole Webb & BewleySold in 1889
SS Duke of Sutherland1868860L. & N.W.R.Leslie & CoScrapped in 1888
SS Mersey1869?L. & N.W.R.?Operated between Greenore and Warren Point. Started 1st June 1880. Sold to JJ King of Garston in 1897
SS Severn1869?L. & N.W.R.?Bought in 1880 for the sum of £620. Arrived Holyhead in September of that year. Sold to TW Ward in 1899
SS Duchess of Sutherland1869761L. & N.W.R.Leslie & CoIn 1888 Lairds installed new boilers & engines and twin screw propellers and her weight rose to 848 tons. Scrapped in 1908
SS Edith1870749L. & N.W.R.Leslie & CoIn 1875 she sank after a collision with the Duchess of Sunderland. Raised and put back into service. In 1892 Lairds installed new boilers & engines and twin screw propellers and her weight rose to 837 tons.
SS Eleanor1873917L. & N.W.R.LairdsSailed on the Greenore service, and later on the Dublin North Wall service. On the 27th January 1881 she was wrecked near Kilkeel
SS Earl Spencer1874858L. & N.W.R.LairdsSailed on the Greenore service, and later on the Dublin North Wall service. In 1884 Lairds installed new boilers and her weight rose to 909 tons. Scrapped in 1896
SS Rose18761186L. & N.W.R.LairdsIn 1887 Lairds installed new boilers and her weight rose to 1269 tons. Scrapped in 1894
SS Shamrock18761186L. & N.W.R.LairdsIn 1886 Lairds installed new boilers and her weight rose to 1266.Scrapped in 1898
SS Isabella1877842L. & N.W.R.LairdsIn 1888 Lairds installed new boilers and her weight rose to 899 tons. Scrapped in 1898
SS Lily18801035L. & N.W.R.LairdsIn 1891 Lairds installed new engines and boilers and her weight rose to 1144 tons. Sold in 1900
SS Violet18801035L. & N.W.R.LairdsThough replaced by 1900, she was kept on as a standby ship. In 1891 Lairds installed new engines and boilers and her weight rose to 1175 tons. Sold in 1902
SS Eleanor1881854L. & N.W.R.Lairds2nd ship of that name after the first was wrecked. Scrapped in 1902
SS Holyhead1883840L. & N.W.R.Duncan PortThe first steel non paddle steamer. Sank after a collision with the German owned Alhambra on 31st October 1883
SS North Wall1883842L. & N.W.R.Duncan PortScrapped in 1905
SS Banshee18841109L. & N.W.R.LairdsIn 1894 Lairds installed new boilers and engines and her weight rose to1250 tons. The last of the paddle steamers. Scrapped in 1906
SS Irene1885989L. & N.W.R.Harland & Wolff 
SS Olga1887970L. & N.W.R.Lairds 
SS Anglesey1888980L. & N.W.R.Harland & Wolff 
SS Rosstrevor18951094L. & N.W.R.Denny BrosScrapped in 1926
RMS Munster18962641CofDSPCoLairdsScrapped in 1924. Second ship of that name
RMS Ulster18962641CofDSPCoLairds 
SS Greenore1896?L. & N.W.R.JP RennoldsonThe last paddle ship to be built for the L&NWR. At one time she was lengthened 12 feet. Renamed SS Cloghmore when the 1912 turbine steamer of the same name was delivered
RMS Connaught18972646CofDSPCoLairdsIn 1917 she was sunk by a torpedo in the English Channel
RMS Leinster18971421CofDSPCoLairdsIn 1918 she was sunk by a German U-boat on her way from Ireland to Holyhead
SS Connemara18971105L&NWRDenny BrosSunk 3rd November 1916 with the loss of 97 lives after a collision with SS Retriever off the Carlingford Bar, Ireland
SS Galtee More18981105L&NWRDenny BrosIn 1915 she also operated on the Weymouth/Channel Islands service, and would often be a stand in on the Stranraer/Larne route. Scrapped in 1926
SS Cambria18971842L&NWRDenny BrosRenamed Arvonia when new ship of same name delivered in 1921. Scrapped 1925
SS Anglia19001862L&NWRDenny BrosConverted to a hospital ship during WWI. Sunk by a mine on 17th November 1915, with the loss of 105 lives
SS Hibernia
19001862L&NWRDenny BrosBecame HMS Tara during WWI. Sunk by a torpedo 5th November 1915
SS South Stack19001066L&NWRLairdsScrapped in 1931
SS Snowdon19021110L&NWRLairdsScrapped in 1935
SS Scotia19021872L&NWRLairdsSurvived service in WWI. Renamed Menevia in 1920 when new ship of the same name delivered
SS Slieve More19041138L&NWRHarland & WolffScrapped in 1932
SS Slieve Bawn19051148L&NWRLairdsScrapped in 1935
SS Slieve Bloom19081166L&NWRVickersLost in collision off Anglesey with a U.S. warship on 20th March 1918
SS Slieve Gallion19081166L&NWRVickersScrapped in 1937
SS Rathmore19081569L&NWRVickersSold in 1927 and renamed Lorrain
SS Greenore19121488L&NWRCammell LairdScrapped in 1926
SS Curraghmore19191587L&NWRDenny BrosSailed on the Holyhead to Dublin, and also the Greenore service from 1919 until 1930. Renamed Duke of Abercorn in 1930 and sailed between Heysham and Belfast. Scrapped in 1935
SS Anglia19203460L&NWRDenny Bros?
SS Hibernia19203467L&NWRDenny BrosRenamed Hibernia II in 1948 on delivery of new ship of same name. Scrapped 1949
SS Cambria19213445L&NWRDenny BrosRenamed Cambria II in 1948 on delivery of new ship of same name. Scrapped 1949
SS Scotia19213441L&NWRDenny BrosSunk at Dunkirk on the 1st June 1940. Over 330 lives lost
 SS Slieve Donard





19211116L&NWRVickersThe last ship purchased by the L&NWR. Scrapped in 1954
MV Cambria
19494972British Rail Sold in 1976. Renamed Altaif
MV Hibernia
19494973British Rail Sold in 1976. Renamed Express Apollon
MV Holyhead Ferry I



19653879Sealink Moved to the Channel service in 1976. Renamed Earl Leofric
MV Brian Boroime 
1970 Sealink Container Ship
MV Rhodri Mawr
 
1970 Sealink Container Ship
MV St Columba
19777836Sealink Renamed Stena Hibernia in 1991. Later renamed Express Aphrodite and still in use with Hellas Ferries (2006)
MV Sea Lynx19933012Stena Line 

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