Ardena was built in 1915 as the mine
sweeper HMS Peony. In 1919 she was purchased from the Admiralty
and after extensive rebuilding was renamed Ardena for Southampton-Cherbourg service
as a dual purpose passenger/freight ship, replacing the
Brittany lost in WW1. She was transferred with other LSWR vessels to the Southern Railway
in 1923, and was then moved to the Southampton-Caen service in 1925. The Caen
service was withdrawn in 1931 and Ardena was laid up until sold n
1934 to Greece. Ardena was 1,092 gross
Photos of Ardena in service
at Southampton are rare, but a number of postcards were
published in Caen where she was the largest regular
Postcards of Ardina at Caen
Lorina was built in 1918 for Southampton-St Malo
services of the LSWR. She passed to the Southern Railway in 1923
and 1940 bombed and beached at Dunkirk evacuation. Lorina
was 1,504 gross tons.
of Lorina at St Malo.
(W.H.Smith) postcard of Lorina.
of Lorina at St Peter Port, Guernsey.
"GWR" funnels were never carried.
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