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L.C.C.
London County Council


This page is devoted to the Thames ferries operated briefly by the London County Council (LCC). This is one a of series of Simplon Postcards pages devoted to River Thames Excursion Boats

Ferry services along the Thames had long provided an important part of London's transport system, but they were rarely been profitable. In 1876, the major operator became the London Steamboat Company, formed by an amalgamation of the Woolwich, Citizen and Waterman Companies. The London Steamboat Company failed in 1884, having never recovered from the Princess Alice disaster of 1878, when nearly 700 people lost their lives. Assets were bought by the River Thames Steamboat Company, which was itself soon in difficulties. In 1890, surviving boats passed to the Victoria Steamboat Association, which went into liquidation in 1896, to be replaced by the Victoria Steamboat Company in 1897, and the Thames Steamboat Company in 1898. All services had ceased by 1902.

London County Council (LCC) promoted a Parliamentary Bill in 1902 to empower them to run a replacement service, but it was thrown out. They tried again and succeeded in 1904, and the service started on 17th June 1905, running between Hammersmith and Greenwich with a fleet of 30 purpose-built paddle steamers from four builders. The service ran at a loss, and also extracted traffic from the competing LCC tramways. Services ceased in October 1907 and all the vessels were offered for sail on December 15th 1907. Fourteen boats were sold to the City Steamboat Company, which provided a similar service from 1909 until the outbreak of World War One. the fleet was eventually scattered throughout the world, including Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Mesopotamia, Russia, Italy, France and Belgium.

A complete list of LCC steamers is:-
ALLEYN - BOYDELL - BRUNEL - BEN JONSON - CARLYLE - CAXTON - CHAUCER - CHRISTOPHER WREN - COLECHURCH - EARL GODWIN - EDMUND IRONSIDE - FITZAILWIN - FRANCIS DRAKE - GIBBON - GRESHAM - KING ALFRED - MARLOWE - MORRIS - OLAF - PEPYS - PURCELL - RALEIGH - RENNIE - SHAKESPEARE - SLOANE - THOMAS MORE - TURNER - VANBRUGH - WHITTINGTON


Ships on this Page:-
Chaucer
Marlowe
King Alfred
Raleigh
Pepys
Vanbrugh
Unidentified L.C.C. steamers
 
Thames Passenger Boat Pages:-
River Thames Excursion Boats - Thames Header Page - Full List of Companies
River Thames - Harwich-Southend-Tilbury-Tower Pier Cruise
River Thames - Runneymede Circular Cruise
River Thames - Windsor-Maidenhead Cruise
River Thames - Maidenhead-Marlow Cruise
River Thames - Marlow-Henley Cruise
River Thames - Henley-Reading Cruise
 
Associated Pages:-
UK Excursion Ships
Ferry Postcards
Cruise Ship Postcards
Ocean Liner Postcards
Simplon Postcards - Recent Updates
Simplon Postcards - Home Page
 
References:-
Royal River Highway: Written by Frank L. Dix - published David & Charles 1984
Trip Out Guides - Written and published by G.P.Hamer - various editions from 1977 to 2005 consulted
Trip Out Guides are available from Geoffrey Hamer, PO Box 485, Southall, UB1 9BH
 
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L.C.C.
London County Council

Chaucer
(London County Council)
 
Official postcard of Chaucer
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Marlowe
(London County Council)






King Alfred
(London County Council)
 
Official postcard of King Alfred, overprinted to show later funnel colours
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Raleigh
(London County Council)
 
Official postcard of Raleigh
 
 






Pepys
(London County Council)
 
 
 






Vanbrugh
(London County Council)


Vanbrugh was built by the Thames Iron Works. After withdrawal of the service in October 1907 she was sold in June 1909 for 990 to Boieldieu Cie Rouennaise de Navigation (Rouen) for services between Rouen and La Bouille, where she was renamed Boieldieu. I do not know her subsequent history.



Boieldieu in service between Rouen and La Bouille
Boieldieu - ex-LCC's Vanbrugh - www.simplonpc.co.uk






Unidentified L.C.C. Steamers
 
Unidentified L.C.C. steamer at Waterloo Bridge.
 
 
Unidentified L.C.C. steamers at Greenwich.
 
 
Unidentified L.C.C. steamer at Westminster.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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