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Red Funnel Company History

REF NR: 565

"The Company is the original operator to the Isle of Wight and has a distinguished and colourful history spanning 150 years. The Company's famous house flag was derived from the names of four steamers that were in the newly merged fleet in 1861- Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby and Pearl. The ferry company offers passsenger and vehicle transfers, on routes between the South Coast of England and East Cowes. There is also a route between Southampton and Cowes. But The Southampton Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Limited started off with paddle steamer ferries. The company, with the longest registered company name in the UK, changed the name to the Red Funnel in 1935 because of their black-topped red funnels."

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