Certificate no 328
Status Archived


Function Passenger Vessel
Subfunction Ferry
Location Rainham
Vessel type Pleasure Ferry
Current use Unknown
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Short Brothers, Leicester
Built in 1926
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.00 feet (3.66 m)
3.61 feet (1.10 m)
Length: Overall
50.95 feet (15.54 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



Built in 1926 by Short Brothers, Leicester, SOUTHERN QUEEN is an open passenger boat of oak construction with a Ford Barracuda Mk II. She has the capacity for 81 passengers. Prior to World War II she worked out of Folkestone and was commandeered by the Navy at the time of the Dunkirk evacuation, taking troops from the beach to larger ships anchored offshore. She then remained in naval service throughout the war. She returned to pleasure use at Folkestone and, in 1961, was registered to owner A.E. Bellingham of 51 Burrow Road. The following year, she was taken to the Isles of Scilly where she was used for inter-island services. Later owners in the Scillies were Frank Pender and Alec Hicks. She was beached and abandoned in 1995, then later towed back to Rye, East Sussex.

Update, July 2020: Reported to be in very bad condition at Mariner's Farm boatyard in Rainham, Kent

We are lacking informton on this vessel.  If you have any details past or present, please contact us.


Brann, Christian, The Little Ships of Dunkirk: 1940-1990, Collectors Books Ltd, 1989
Hamer, Geoffrey, Trip Out 1995/6 - A Guide to the Passenger Boat Services of the British Isles, G P Hamer, 1995
Classic Boat: The Southern Queen Story, August 2010

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