Research Document on Steam Ships at Hastings Pier

Paddlesteamers could sail in shallow waters, making them perfect for collecting passengers from piers. After serving as a minesweeper during WWI, the Devonia paddlesteamer operated on the South Coast between 1923-1932. This photograph was taken in 1925.

Not all the ships that worked from Hastings Pier were paddlesteamers. The Lady Brassey was built in 1886 in Newcastle for the Hastings and St Leonards Passenger Steamship Co. and could carry 372 passengers, and had two steam-driven propellers at the rear. However, she did not last long because in 1890 she was sold on to Amazon Steamship Co. Ltd. in Paraguay.

Hastings Pier Charity Volunteer

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