top of page


The era of the railways at Holyhead; the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), then the state-owned British Transport Commission (BTC) and  'British Railways' (BR) which came into being on 1 January 1948. The British Railways Board, established on 1 January 1963 and the abolition of the BTC. The formation on 1 January 1968 of the Shipping and International Services Division bringing us to 1 January 1979, the day on which Sealink UK Ltd, a wholly owned company of the British Rail Board, was founded.



The finest of ships, manned by the finest of people; maintaining the link between Britain and Ireland.



Step back in time and reminisce of those heady days of mail trains and Irish Sea crossings.  In fair weather and foul, the ships always sailed and became very much a part of the local scene.

As the years rolled by, through war and tragedy, passengers turned to the motorcar for their holidays. Ships were adapted for the new trend until purpose built car ferries appeared on the scene.



Charles Brinsley Sheridan, owner of Dun Laoghaire's Pavilion Cinema, was well known to the Masters, Officers and men of the Holyhead ships.

Mr Sheridan, it seems, was a keen photographer and in fact in him your webmaster can see many parallels with his own activities and interests!

bottom of page