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Hauley VI Works the Dartmouth Lower Car Ferry

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2013

The Dartmouth Lower Ferry is operated by South Hams District Council and operated between Kingswear and Dartmouth. The ferry service is provided by two car floats which are propelled across the River Dart by small tugs. There are three tugs HAULEY IV, HAULEY V and  HAULEY VI. HAULEY IV and HAULEY V were built by the local ship builders Philip & Son in 1965 / 66.

The tugs take their name from local worthy Sir John Hauley [1340-1408], Though foot passengers are conveyed on the car floats - no covered accommodation is provided which makes for a somewhat damp crossing in adverse weather. Most foot passengers use the Dart Valley Railway plc's passenger ferry which operates from an adjacent pontoon at Kingswear. However, the Dartmouth terminals of the passenger and Lower Ferries are some distance apart.

In these views taken on October 23, 2013 HAULEY VI can be seen working with a car float on the ferry service, photographed from PS KINGSWEAR CASTLE. During the winter / spring of 2013 the slipways were extensively rebuilt.

  
The three photographs above show HAULEY VII arriving at the Dartmouth slipway located near Bayard's Cove an area of Dartmouth made famous as a location for the 1970s BBC maritime drama series "The Onedin Line".
Again photographed from PS KINGSWEAR CASTLE - HAULEY VI is seen at the Kingswear Slipway above.
Viewed from Bayard's Cover HAULEY VII prepares to depart for Kingswear.
 

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