Fleet of Ferries -
“Robert The Bruce”
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“Sir William Wallace”
Timetable:- Summer Service – Very Frequent Service
Winter Service – 20 Minute Frequency.
First Boat from North Queensferry …. 6.45a.m.
Last Boat from North Queensferry .... 11.10p.m.
First Boat from South Queensferry … 7.10a.m.
Last Boat from South Queensferry ... 11.30p.m.
Telephone: South Queensferry 253
Manager – R. A. Mason.
To ease parking on the ferries, there was a powerful turntable mid-ships.
The ferries were double bowed, whichever end pointed in the direction of travel was regarded as the front of the boat.
The overhead mid-ships bridge allowed ample clearance for furniture vans.
The 1960’s ferries were Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace, Queen Margaret and Robert the Bruce. Robert the Bruce was the world’s first all welded ship.
A hearse was charged at 10/- .
A corpse was charged at 12/6p.
Often coffin lids were not screwed down to indicate the coffin was empty – which saved the undertaker the additional charge for the corpse.
On September 1964, the Ferry Queen Margaret made the final crossing (invited passengers only).
The only ferry to escape the breakers yard was William Wallace – she went to Holland then Switzerland and was broken in Ghent in 1970.