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24th June 1962 Bristol Queen

On Sunday 24th June 1962 Bristol Queen was scheduled to leave Barry at 9.20am (with rail connection from Cardiff) for Ilfracombe where she was due at 11.50am before sailing on to Milford Haven where she was scheduled to arrive at 3.40pm.

The day was billed as the "Trip of the Season" and was in fact the first such sailing to this timetable since before the Second World War.

It was sunny but the wind was fresh and from the NW, a difficult angle for the Channel, so delays crept in with Bristol Queen not getting away from Ilfracombe until 12.40pm with 218 passengers aboard and arriving just over one hour late at Milford at 4,45pm where she picked up a further 165 for the one hour trip.

Departure from Milford was scheduled for 5.5pm for Ilfracombe at 8.50pm with the arrival time back at Barry advertised as 11.05pm. I can't find a record of what time she actually got back to Barry that night but given her late running it must have been gone midnight, making this a very long day not only for for the passengers but also for the crew.

The fare for the whole trip was 32/6.

John Megoran
 

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