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Ship listed off the Devon coast; Yousay IN YOUR OPINION...

WITH reference to the letter from Mr Taylor about the incident with the Campbell paddle steamer and the Britannia (You Say, June 13).

I did not witness the incident but can vouch that it could have happened. Back in the late 1940s I was on a Campbell paddle steamer with my family sailing from Cardiff to Ilfracombe when she stopped off at Lynmouth to let some of the passengers go ashore. This was because the ship was unable to dock.

Passengers were transferred to small launches from the harbour. While this was happening most of the passengers still on board moved over to the port side to see what was happening and this caused the ship to list until the paddlebox platform where the people disembark from was awash.

The captain ordered everybody to move back from the rail to bring the ship back on an even keel.

By the way I was also an apprentice in the Channel Dry Dock Cardiff in the 1950s.

* Mr AC Edwards Canton, Cardiff
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 19, 2012
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