Sunset in Boulogne-sur-Mer. A pleasant evening so I could finally get some more photos. But they’re on my DSLR so they will have to wait a few days, I just captured this one on my iPhone. #boulogne #boulognesurmer #sun #sunset #soleil #france #soir #evening #oldtown #town #wall #townwall #footpath #iphone #iphoneography #iphone4s (at Les Remparts)

"You asked what we think out here about the sinking of hospital ships in the Mediterranean. In the first place I am afraid we don’t think very much about it at all - it is not brought home to us as it is to you. I think we are all rather apt out here to concentrate our attention on the Western Front. In the second place some of us are a little apt to criticise the Navy, but I plead not guilty to this charge myself. By the way one of the boats I travelled on when I took that draft out in July - the Queen - was sunk in the Channel raid a month or two ago."  - Victor to Vera Brittain, 26th December 1916 (LFALG)

Former cross-Channel ferries were deployed as troop carriers to the Continent and as passenger ships for the return journey. One such ship was the Queen a cross channel turbine steamer under the command of Captain Robert Carey. Robert Edward Carey, was born on 30 October 1864 at 2 Townwall Street, Dover, and went to sea with his father when he was 14. They mainly worked on colliers, brigs and schooners sailing out of Dover. In 1892, Robert joined South Eastern and Chatham Railway Company and had only been appointed the Master of the Queen six days before 26 October 1914.

The Queen was a steel triple screw turbine steamer, built by Denny’s of Dumbarton for the Railway Company in 1903. Her tonnage was 1,676 gross, 345 net and she had 3 compound direct drive steam turbines, one of high pressure driving the central screw and two of low pressure, driving side screws. The Queen was the first cross Channel turbine steamer and  put on the Dover / Calais route in June 1903. She quickly became a favourite both for speed and comfort. She was seen by the Company as one of the main reasons for the dramatic increase in passengers that and subsequent years. (x)