Scotland,North British Steam Packet Company Ltd. Free Pass
The North British Railway was earlier than its rivals in operating its own steamers rather than relying on private owners to provide connections at the railheads. The Railway established the North British Steam Packet Company to run services from the railhead at Helensburgh to Dunoon and Rothesay and also to Ardrishaig, in competition with the route to the West Highlands operated by David Hutcheson. Two large steamers were ordered for the 1866 season which ended in operational and financial failure. A more limited service was resumed in 1869 and a regular service was established from the north bank of the Clyde.
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