Deal to Calais

 In Britain

This is an undated ticket for a seemingly straightforward journey for a child from Deal to Calais and back. The fare was more than one old pound at 22 shillings and sixpence. However the mystery is that very few boats ever took passengers from Deal across the English Channel to France. This journey was probably one Summer during the years between 1957 when the new pier was opened at Deal and 1966 when the excursion services were withdrawn.

The Kent History Forum has a helpful section on the two pleasure cruisers that made the journeys this ticket was printed for. They were the MV Queen of the Channel and the MV Royal Daffodil. More details and photographs are available here.

The General Steam Navigation Company ceased to exist in 1972. Read more about the GSN here.


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