|The S&D shipping fleet operated from Highbridge Wharf.
Most of the shipping was used for the transportation of goods between South
Wales and Highbridge
for onward transportation by rail. Goods included steel rail for use by the
S&D and L&SWR, timber and also agricultural and dairy goods from various
Somerset and Dorset locations along the S&D lines.
Besides the vessels listed below, the S&D chartered numerous other ships, one of these, the s.s. Terrier was lost with all hands on the 14th of October 1877 on the Swansea to Highbridge service.
Along with other operators, the S&D also operated passenger ferry services from the pier at Burnham to Cardiff. These started on the 3rd of May 1858, being run by a subsidiary company, The Burnham Tidal Harbour Company, sharing offices and officials with the Somerset Central Railway. These services continued until 1888.
In the summer of 1865 a service to Cherbourg was put into
operation using the s.s. Albion, on loan from P.L.Henderson of Liverpool.
The service continued in 1866, sailing on Mondays & Thursdays at 12:30pm.
This connected with the 8:05am from Burnham, arriving in
Poole at 12:05pm, with the crossing to Cherbourg taking a further six
In 1933 the Somerset & Dorset's shipping interests were
wound up, with the remaining two vessels, the s.s.Julia and s.s.Radstock,
being disposed of.
Click Here for the October 1870
Burnham Tidal Harbour Company timetable
SOMERSET & DORSET SHIPPING FLEET
|1854 - Renfrew||155||Burnham Tidal Harbour Co.||Run aground at
Burnham in 1860,
repaired & then
sold in 1864
|1856 - Glasgow||150||Burnham Tidal Harbour Co.||Scrap 1871|
|1858 - Glasgow||152||Burnham Tidal Harbour Co.||Sold 1867|
|1866 - Cubitt Town||170||George Reed
for the BTH Co.
|1873||Railway||Wood Ketch||1855 -Strood||59||S&D||Wrecked at
Cardiff in 1866
|1873||Julia||Wood Ketch||1863 - Milton, Kent||69||S&D||Sold 1904|
|1873||Richard and Emily||Wood Ketch||1862 - Lewes||82||S&D||Sank off
Nash Light in
|1874||Leopard||Iron Screw||1861 - Bristol||67||S&DJR||Scrap 1890|
|1879||Alpha||Iron Screw||1877 - Maryhill||82*||S&DJR||Scrap 1925|
|1870 - Cowes||239||S&DJR||Sold 1888|
|1904||Julia||Steel Screw||1904 - Woolston||197||S&DJR||Scrap 1934|
|1925||Radstock||Steel Screw||1925 - Saltney||195||S&DJR||Sold 1934|
* Note: Alpha was twice lengthened, in 1884 and
Gross tonnages were 94 and 111 respectively.
SOMERSET & DORSET FERRY SERVICES
VESSELS USED ON THE BURNHAM - CARDIFF SERVICE
|1858 - 1860||Taliesin||Wood Paddler||1842||158||Cardiff Steam Navigation Co.|
|1860 - 1863||Ruby||Iron Paddler||1854||155||Burnham Tidal Harbour Co.|
|1863 - 1871||Defiance||Iron Paddler||1856||150||Burnham Tidal Harbour Co.|
|1864 - 1867||Heather Bell||Iron Paddler||1858||152||Burnham Tidal Harbour Co.|
|1866 - 1867||George Reed||Iron Screw||1866||170||George Reed (for the BTH Co.)|
|1871 - 1879||Flora||Iron Paddler||1851||119||F.C.Winby / H.Cousins, Cardiff|
|1879 - 1884||The Lady Mary||Iron Paddler||1868||179||John Boyle, Cardiff|
|1884 - 1888||Sherbro||Wood Paddler||1870||239||S&DJR|
Other vessels were chartered from time to time whilst the regular ships were being overhauled
VESSEL USED ON THE POOLE - CHERBOURG SERVICE
|1865 - 1866||Albion||Iron Paddler||1860||307||P.L.Henderson, Liverpool|
CARGO VESSELS CHARTERED BY THE S&D
|1875 - 1876||Lincolnshire||1867||88|
|1876 - 1877||Terrier||1865||91|
NOTE: Terrier was lost with all hands on the Swansea to Highbridge run on the 14th of October 1877
Copyright © Kevin Clapcott
Most recent revision Friday August 10, 2007