Biarritz (1915); Passenger vessel: Ferry

Scale: 1:96. A twin-screw steel cross-Channel packet, built by William Denny & Bros, Dunbarton, for the South Eastern & Chatham Railway Company.

On completion in March 1915, in the midst of the First World War, ‘Biarritz’ was taken over by the Admiralty and commissioned as a minelayer. On being handed back to her owners after the armistice, she commenced her long career as a passenger ferry on the Folkstone – Boulogne route. From 1921 she was owned by the Southern Railway Company. During the winter of 1925–26 she underwent a refit at Dunbarton during which her boilers were converted from coal to oil burning.

During the Second World War she was used as a Fleet Air Arm target ship and then, from 1942 to 1945, as an infantry landing ship. For two years after the War, ‘Biarritz’ was engaged in cross-Channel trooping duties, after which she was again refitted at Dunbarton. But, after only one year’s service, she was sold for breaking up.

Object Details

ID: SLR1430
Collection: Ship models
Type: Waterline model; Rigged model
Display location: Not on display
Vessels: Biarritz (1915)
Date made: circa 1915
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 330 x 1138 x 130 mm
Parts: Biarritz (1915); Passenger vessel: Ferry

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