Archive Issue No. 114
Bentley State Limousine as deliivered
to Her  Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at
Windsor Castle in 2002

Lightmoor  Press, Lydney

Richard Clammer. The four lives of the steamer Alexandra. 2-25.
In 1879 the iron steam paddle steamer Alexandra was built by Scott & Co. of Cartsdyke East shipyard in Greenock for the Port of Portsmouth & Ryde United Steam Packet Co. Ltd. who at that time dominated the Portsmouth  to Ryde ferry crossings. The contract price was £8,850, the funds for which had  to be raised by debentures. The company was purchased by the LB&SCR and L&SWR in March 1880 for £38,000, but only £18,000 was available for distribution to shareholders. Broken up by T.W. Ward Ltd. at Grays in December 1934.

Alexandra going astern on River Dart with Kingswear behind


Alexandra on Joint Ryde Railway Committee ferry service alongside Portsmouth Harbour station behind with train on curving viaduct


Duchess of Edinburgh (double ended with funnels arranged by side) going astern from Clarence Pier, Southsea before crossing to Ryde


260-ton Princess Margaret with Gosport ferry moored ahead of it alongside Portsmouth Harbour station


Alexandra with deck awnings on Admiralty ferry duties on River Medway during WW1


Refurbished Alexandra in May 1920 on inaugural cruise for directors and invited guests in Weymouth Bay


Alexandra arriving at Bournemouth in summer of 1920 after Cosens & Co. Ltd. had resumed excursion sailings


Captain 'Billy' W.C. Read in command of Alexandra with Alf Bishop as mate with telegraph rung full astern to leave  Bournemouth pier for Swanage


Captain H.J. Hardy master of  Alexandra in 1921-23


Cosens & Co. Ltd. Bournemouth sailing bill for August 1921 showing Empress of India, Monarch and Alexandra sailings


Alexandra with arriving Weymouth on long day trip from Torbay with large C on her funnel when based at Torquay to distnguish it from rival Devon Dock, Pier & Steamship Co. vessels


Crew of Alexandra on first day of Torquay services (31 May 1924) including Captain W.J.S. Carter and Steward George Morris provider of catering until 1960s


Dining  saloon of Alexandra


Alexandra landing passengers at Budleigh Salterton on open beach w ith Captain W.J.S. Carter in command


Torquay sailing bill for Alexandra in 1927


Parkes Quality Coals (W.T. Parkes of Torquay coal wagon)


Alexandra departing from Lyme Regis


Alexandra moored in harbour at Lyme Regis


Alexandra moored in Millbay Docks Plymouth on day trip from Brixham calling at Paignton and Torquay with offer of cheap return by Great Western Railway train


Alexandra moored off South Embankment at Dartmouth: passengers had time for river trip to Totnes on River Dart Steamboat Co. vessel


Alexandra undergoing spring refit at Nothe Walk in Weymouth


Alexandra at Cosens & Co. Ltd.  slipway in Weymouth having failed to retain her Board of Trade Certificate


Alexandra on  slipway at Southampton receiving repairs to her hull during February 1932


Alexandra in West India Dock on 29 May 1932 — day prior to launch as Showboat


Showboat at Westminster Pier on  30 May 1932 — day of press  launch


Show Boat illuminated during  evening of 30 May 1932 when hired by Nash's Club of Saville Row with revellers on board


Press coverage in The Sketch of 8 June of initial cocktail party on board Show Boat on 30 May 1932


Show Boat apprroaching bridge (Blackfriars?) on Thames: official photograph used in promotional post cards, etc 19
Show Boat laying at anchor somewhere below Tower Bridge 19
Show Boat passing upstream from above location 20
Captain Defrates on Show Boat passing St. Paul's Cathedral 20
Fashion pages from newspaper shoeing fashion parade on board Show Boat on 6 July 1932 21
Deck view of Show Boat with Tower Bridge behind 21
Mannequins on parade on Show Boat from The Sketch of 16 July 1932 22
Show Boat lies between two buoys between Waterloo and Charing Cross bridges 22
Show Boat at anchor off Margate during June or July 1933 22
Show Boat in River Adur at Shoreham in summer of 1933 23
Looking downstream from Norfolk Bridge, Shoreham-by-Sea towards Show Boat in her moorings and footbridge from town 23
Alexandra in mud berth at Shoreham in late 1933 or 1934 23
Close-up of decrepid Alexandra at Shoreham in 1934 24
Alexandra being hauled stern-first under footbridge at Shoreham 25
Dock wortkers bid farewell to Alexandra as she is towed off to shipbreakers 25

Euan Corrie. Waterways to Manchester. — 2 The Bridgewater Navigation — Part 2. 26-39

Leigh at the junction of tghe Duke of Bridgewater's Canal with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (The Duke's Cut) in early 1900s 26
Ordnance Survey map of Leigh Bridge which caption postulates was where footbridge was situated from which photograph was taken 27
Leeds and Liverpool long boat Cadelis passing colliery wharves at Astley: Cadelis  had been built as Ironclad in 1933 by Yarwoods of Northwich with a 24hp Widdrop engine 28
Map of Astley Green  Colliery: caption notes severe subsidence problem which led to National Coal Board employimg two lengthsmen to patrol canal 29
Worsley New Hall looking towards Chat Moss with early motor car taking family to Earl of Ellesmere's barge 30
Interchange pavillion for transfer between carriage and Earl of Ellesmere's barge 30
Worsley New Hall (not visible) looking towards Chat Moss with stop logs near overbridge (stop planks) 31
Packet House, Worsley with Barton (or Worsley ) Bridge beyond 31
Boat House, or Packet House or Packet Boat House, Worsley & beyond channel to to mine entrance with Barton  Bridge & steam mill beyond (demolished 1901) 32
Worsley Turn looking towards the Delph; Salford Corporation tramcar; two mine boats 33
Ordnance Survey map of Worsley 1929 34
Circular weir on Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal (similar weirs were used on Bridgewater Canal) 35
National Coal Board Lilttle Packet tug Broadheath leading three empty flats viewed from Packet Boat Steps 35
Steps up to Ladder Bridge at Worsley 36
Looking towards Barton Bridge (slightly visible) with starvationer boats at Worsley 36
Worsley |Delph 37
New footbridge with St, Mark's Church spire beyond 38
New footbridge later  than abvove with tree growth 38
New footbridge with mine boat undrneath 39
New footbridge wit h Bridgewater Canal boats July and November being towed by horses 39

Malcolm Bobbitt. In the showroom... Fit for Royalty. 40-

Bentley State Limousine as deliivered to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in 2002 on 50th Anniversay to Throne (colour: royal claret) front cove
HRH The Prince of Wales [Edward] seated in 12hp Daimler belonging to John Scott-Montagu of Beaulieu at Highcliffe Castle in New Forest


HRH 1 Daimler DE27 presented to Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh by the RAF Association as a wedding present


RC 7211 Rolls-Royce Silver Phantom IV built to order of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh undergoing trials at Montlhéry with test driver Charles Lee


RC 7420 Bentley Corniche nicknamed The Scalded Cat


Rolls-Royce Phantom IV chassis 4AF2 with H.J. Mulliner & Co. Ltd. body built to order of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh in Gunnersbury Park


Her Majesty The Queen beng transported in the Phantom IV


Rolls-Royce chassis 4AF4 with pick-up lorry constructed by Park Ward used between Crewe and Belper in Derbyshire with 6515cc engine & automatic gearbox dismantled in 1963


Limousine with armour plating for General Franco on chassis 4AF16 with H.J. Mulliner & Co. Ltd. body photographed in Gunnersbury Park


Rolls-Royce Jubilee car built on chassis 4BP5 as State Landaulette with Hooper coachwork of style  favoured by King George VI in Royal Mews


Phantom IV on chassis 4BP7 with H.J. Mulliner & Co. Ltd. coachwork for Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret


Winged Pegasus  [mascot] for above car


State Limousine Canberra 1 being loaded onto Royal Yacht Britannia off a barge for stowage on garage deck


Phantom V Canberra State Limousine with Park Ward bodywork with Perspex bubble over rear quarters


John Blatchley, Chief Stylist at Rolls Royce is crafting a clay model for Park Ward body for Phantom V (Blatchley formerly with J. Gurney Nutting)


Bill Allen at drawing board working on scale drawings for Park Ward Phantom V at Crewe


Body frame sent to Crewe for phosphating, priming, joint sealing & undersealing


Final Rolls Royce Phantom VI with Pa rk Ward bodywork at Royal Mews


Her Majesty The Queen examining Bentley State Limousine in 2002 to mark her 50th anniversary of accession (colour)


Phantom V with James Young Sedanca de Ville coachwork interior in 1967 (colour)


Dan Quine. The mysteries of Cae Abaty. Part 2: remains & machinery. 55-64.
Much  remains speculative about a site where slate quarrying involved movement of the outward product upwards on  the surface, although Quine mentions other locations where this was practiced. On 2 September 1918 wagons were recovered from Cae Abaty and regauged for use on the Hendre Dhu Tramway. A  steam engine was installed at the Aberdewynant sawmill and this might have come  from Cae Abaty

Remains of Floor 3 gwaliau; incline from Floor 2 in background; on right tramway from Floor 2 to exit incline (Keith Whiddon: colour) 54
Winding house of internal incline on Floor 2 from west; axle binding still mounted on timber beam (Steve Culverhouse: colour) 55
Winding house from above diagram (colour) 55
Axle bindings still in bearing on west wall of Floor 2 incline: wedges still in place that held bearing in place (Steve Culverhouse: colour) 56
Isometric view of binding showing how it is a ssembled around wooden axle end (colour) 56
Side elevation of clasp-arm frame that supported incline drum drawn by Peter Swift (colour) 56
Drumhouse seen from northeast in about 1965 (Bill Breese) 56
Remains of drumhouse in 2021looking towards the crimp (Keith Whiddon: colour) 57
Scattered remains of crane on Floor 2 on edge of lower twill in 2021 (Keith Whiddon: colour) 57
Pivot that connected king post to stiff legs diagram (colour) 57
Winch frames attahed to king post; hoisting drum on boom side driven by large gear wheel  diagram (colour) 58
Major components off cranes: slewing gear, winch frames, support frame, pedestal base  and king post Pivot (Jon Knowles: colour) 58
Crane in Appleby's Hand-Book of Machinery 1869 58
Advetisement in 1869 edition of Atchley's New Builder's Price Book showing Booth's 1864 guy crane with slewing gear (as installed Cae Abaty) 59
Detailed diagram of Cae Abaty crane based on detailed diagram Booth's patent 1864 guy crane in The Mechanic's Magazine  (colour) 59
Aerial view of west  inclines (colour) 60
Remains of bastion from east (Steve Culverhouse: colour) 60
Side view of bastion with crane for lowering wagons down onto tramway 61
Bastion acting as cableway  anchor from Floor 1 with second anchor for cableway down to exit incline diagram (colour) 61
Profile of inclines connecting Cae Abaty with Minllyn diagram (colour) 61
Large gear wheel beside east incline (Jon Knowles: colour) 62
Components at summit in late 1960s (Bill Breese) 62
Conjecturaal view of hand-worked machinery at summit diagram (colour) 63
Speculative view of hand-worked machinery at summit diagram (colour) 64
Typical Mid-Wales slab wagon diagram (colour) 64