TSS Duke of Argyll (1956)
The Duke of Argyll was a railway steamer passenger ship that operated in Europe from 1956 to 1975.
|Name:||1956-1975: Duke of Argyll|
|Port of registry:||
Lancaster, United Kingdom |
|Route:||1956-1975: Heysham - Belfast|
|Builder:||Harland and Wolff, Belfast|
|Out of service:||1975|
|Identification:||IMO number: 5094460|
|Out of service:||1987|
|Owner:||1994-1995: Hong Kong|
|Operator:||1994-1995: Hong Kong|
|Out of service:||1995|
|Fate:||Caught fire, scrapped|
|Type:||Turbine steam ship|
|Length:||114.63 m (376 ft 1 in)|
|Beam:||17.46 m (57 ft 3 in)|
|Draught:||4.54 m (14 ft 11 in)|
|Installed power:||2 x Parmetrada steam turbines|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
Along with her sister ships the TSS Duke of Lancaster and the TSS Duke of Rothesay she was amongst the last passenger-only steamers built for British Railways (at that time, also a ferry operator). She was a replacement for the 1928 steamer built by the London Midland and Scottish Railway, RMS Duke of Argyll.
She operated as Neptunia for Libra Maritime from 1975 to 1987, then as Corinthia for Hellenic Maritime from 1987 to 1994.
She arrived in Hong Kong as Faith Power in 1994 and was renamed Fairy Princess in 1995 and then Zenith. In July 1995 she caught fire. The fire was extinguished and she was run aground. Later refloated, she was sold for scrap.
- Duke of Lancaster, hhvferry.com, retrieved 12 December 2007
- Sea breezes: the ship lovers' digest, Pacific Steam Navigation Company. 1997