Havre

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Havre at St Peter Port

1870 saw the appearance in the Channel Islands of another London and South Western Railway mailship, the iron paddle steamer Havre, which was built in 1856 by Ditchburn and Mare of Blackwell. Of 200 tons, 184feet long, 24 foot beam and engines developing 220 hp.

She had been built for the Le Havre route and only began to operate to the Channel Islands when a daily mail service was introduced.

Havre was reputed to be the smallest and most uncomfortable steamer on the station. On a voyage from Southampton to the Channel Islands in February 1875, she went aground off the Platte Boue rock off Guernsey, but the mails were rescued and taken to Guernsey by the Honfleur. Havre was lost.

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