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From: "Jo Taylor" <>
Subject: Re: OT - not genealogy
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2000 14:52:37 +0200
Passenger ferries as we know them have never run from London to France - you
might have had a ship leaving London or Tilbury call in at Le Havre or
Cherbourg, or private companies taking passengers. At the time you state, there
would have been services from Dover - Calais and Newhaven - Dieppe (maybe others
but these convenient from London). Your character would likely then have taken a
train from Dieppe (like Oscar Wilde) or Calais into Paris.
Nowadays there are Dover and Folkestone to Calais and Boulogne, Newhaven-Dieppe,
Portsmouth - Caen (Ouistreham), Cherbourg, St. Malo or Le Havre, Poole -
Cherbourg (off the top of my head), Plymouth - Roscoff and occasionally St Malo.
Jo Taylor (in Normandy, France...)
> For creative writing assignment - have a character who lives in london circa
end of W.W.II and goes to visit his aunt in Paris. I
> had imagined him taking a ferry? boat of some kind? cruise ship? from London
to the French coast and then travelling by bus?
> train? other? to Paris.
> Can anyone help me?
> I've been searching the internet in vain; one source says there aren't any
ferries that cross between London and France (???)