View Full Version : Victorian England? Anyone?

04-26-2011, 08:24 PM
How did people get from Dover, England to Calais, France in Victorian times? Ferry presumably? How do I find out about this trip? This vessel? How long it took?

04-26-2011, 08:29 PM
Depends on their social standing and which time in Victorian England. That is Victoria reigned from 1837-1901 and there were many changes in the transport systems - so which bit of Victoria's long reign?

Soccer Mom
04-26-2011, 08:29 PM
Here you go: History of the channel ferries (http://www.theotherside.co.uk/tm-heritage/background/ferries.htm)

04-26-2011, 08:42 PM

Ink-Stained Wretch
04-26-2011, 09:44 PM
If you are seeking information about ordinary daily-life details for the Victorians, there's a great book called What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew. It discusses the details you'd need to know to understand references the Victorian British would take for granted when reading contemporary novels. I do recall one chapter that talked about transportation, mainly railroads, but I think there was a bit about ships and ferries, too.

04-26-2011, 09:49 PM
I second that, it's a great book.

04-27-2011, 08:40 AM
by ferry. There were day trips too and the boat train was running in the 1900s.

04-27-2011, 02:18 PM
Here you go: History of the channel ferries (http://www.theotherside.co.uk/tm-heritage/background/ferries.htm)

Cool link,. Thanks.

Also worth a note is the fact that the channel is only 21 miles across at the narrowest point (dover) and people swim it all the time.

The first passenger ferry crossing was in June 1821 Paddle steamer Rob Roy.

04-27-2011, 06:31 PM
Hmm, yeah, you can hardly get a ship across the Channel without running down a few swimmers....

05-01-2011, 11:15 PM
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dicken Knew is brilliant and helping very much. It even has a chapter on orphans which totally helps my cause as well.Thank you again for the suggestion.

05-02-2011, 10:18 AM
and people swim it all the time.

Drunk tourists falling into the harbour doesn't count you know...