HMPS Golden Eagle

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HMPS Golden Eagle
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Name HMPS Golden Eagle
Owner The General Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London
Builder John Brown, Clydebank
Yard number 386
Launched 17 Apr 1909
Completed 9 Jun 1909
In service 1909
Out of service 1949
Fate broken up in 1951
General characteristics
Type passenger paddle steamer
Tonnage 793 tons
Length 275.7 ft (84.0m)
Beam 32.1 ft (9.78m)
Depth 10.1 ft (3.08m)
Propulsion two paddle wheels


Owners were the General Steam Navigation Company Ltd. Regular run was London to north Kent resorts (Margate and Ramsgate). Served furing WW1 as a troop carrier between Jan 1915 and Nov 1919 during which time she carried 518,101 men across the English Channel. Also carried stores and early aircraft to France. She was in the process of being converted to a mine layer when the war ended.

Used in January 1940 to act as an anti-aircraft ship and to evacuate soldiers (1,751) from Dunkirk, and later more than 3,000 London children to Great Yarmouth on the east coast of England. Also used as an anti-aircraft ship in the Thames. Returned to her owners in June 1945, she was used initially as am accommodation ship before returning to normal service until she was laid up in 1949. Broken up by Thmas W Ward Ltd at Grays, Essex in 1951,

List of soldiers carried

Folkestone to France 17 Dec 1916

Folkestone to France 25 Feb 1917