Great Western I

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Great Western


Although not shown in lists of vessels which operated in Channel Island waters as Great Western, this vessel was actually the first to bear the name

Great Western arrives from Granville in 1850. She often carried official parties from France to Jersey, and this was one such occasion

There is some confusion over the vessels named Great Western which operated to Jersey because there were actually three ships with this name, but some histories omit the first, a paddle steamer which was active in the 1840s and '50s, although the actual dates of her construction and career are unknown.

However, this must have been an earlier vessel than the ship named Great Western I in Kevin Le Scelleur's Channel Island Railway Steamers, because he shows that vessel, also a paddle steamer, as having been constructed in 1867.

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