PS Southsea (1930)

PS Southsea was a passenger vessel built for the Southern Railway in 1930.[1]

Name: PS Southsea
Operator: Southern Railway
Port of registry:
Builder: Fairfield, Govan
Yard number: 641
Launched: 2 April 1930
Out of service: 16 February 1941
Fate: Mined and wrecked
General characteristics
Tonnage: 825 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 244 feet (74 m)
Beam: 30.1 feet (9.2 m)
Draught: 10.5 feet (3.2 m)


The ship was built by Fairfield, Govan and launched on 2 April 1930[2] She was one of an order for two new ships, the other being Whippingham.

She was deployed on the Portsmouth to Ryde ferry service, but as one of the largest vessels commissioned for the company, also operated excursions from Portsmouth.

She was requisitioned by the Admiralty and in 1940 she took part in the Dunkirk evacuation, and then was used as a minesweeper. She was mined at the mouth of the River Tyne on 16 February 1941 with the loss of all of her crew, and declared wrecked.[3]


  1. Duckworth, Christian Leslie Dyce; Langmuir, Graham Easton (1968). Railway and other Steamers. Prescot, Lancashire: T. Stephenson and Sons.
  2. "Clyde Yard Forced to Pay Off". Aberdeen Journal. Scotland. 3 April 1930. Retrieved 14 November 2015 via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. "Naval Events, February 1941, Part 2 of 2, Saturday 15th – Friday 28th". Naval History. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
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