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G&SWR Steamships
Glasgow & South Western Railway ferries serviced three west coast ports at Stranraer, Ardrossan and Greenock.

Stranraer was also served both by the G&SWR line from Glasgow St. Enoch via Ayr, and by the Portpatrick Joint (G&SWR/CR/MR/L&NWR) from Carlisle. Ferries served Larne and Belfast in Northern Ireland.

The G&SWR and the Caledonian Railway had rival lines to Greenock. From here ferries ran to Dunoon, Kilcreggan and Helensburgh.

From Ardrossan there was a ferry service to the Isle of Arran.

Ferries owned by the Glasgow & South Western Railway included the "Glen Sannox" (1892), "Mercury" (1892), "Glen Rosa" (1893) and "Atalanta" (1906).
The G&SWR station at Greenock Princes Pier showing the "S.S. Mercury" at the jetty in its original G&SWR livery of white and gray with black-topped red funnel.
The G&SWR's ferry "S.S. Mercury," built in 1892, in LMS black-and-white livery with black-topped yellow funnel
"S.S. Atalanta" built for the G&SWR in 1906 using a state-of-the-art steam turbine, said to have been produced as an experiment prior to building the engines for the "S.S. Lusitania." The "Atalanta" was sold by the LMS in 1937 and scapped in 1946
G&SWR double-funneled paddle steamer "S.S. Glen Sannox," built in 1892
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