Folkestone for the Continent 1843-2001


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This book covers the entire history of the Kentish port of Folkestone from its inception in the early years of the nineteenth century, its purchase by the South Eastern Railway, and the commencement of a tidal steamer service to Boulogne in 1843. Although the history of the port will forever be linked with Boulogne, other services were operated to Flushing, Ostend, Dunkirk and Calais. The coming of the vehicle ferry service in 1972 greatly improved the port’s fortunes, but after a disastrous first year’s trading, the Swedish Stena Line axed the traditional link at the close of 1991. Thereafter, Hoverspeed and a number of purely freight operators lingered for another ten years before final closure. The book is enhanced by a wealth of historical and more recent photographs showing the port and its ferries. Fleet list, traffic statistics and maps of the port at different stages of its development included. Published November 2014.


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John Hendy




Hardback, 29.7cm x 21cm




Ferry Publications

Publication Date

December 2014

Limited Print Run



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