Red Funnel

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Red Funnel Ltd.

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Web: http://www.redfunnel.co.uk
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Phone: +44-(0)870-444-8898
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Address: Red Funnel Travel Centre, 12 Bugle Street, Southampton SO14 2JY, United Kingdom
Geocode: 50.898;-1.4059
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Subsidiaries: JP Morgan Partners
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Red Funnel Ltd., a subsidiary of JP Morgan Partners, is a United Kingdom ferry line operator.

The company's strapline is: "The Original Isle of Wight Ferries".

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Services

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The company also operates high speed, passenger only, catamarans between the Town Quay and "West" Cowes.

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Flag

The companies flag is divided diagonally into quarters of (clockwise from the top): white, green, red, blue. This derives from the company's four original steamers: The Pearl, The Emerald, The Ruby and The Saphire.

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History

Formed in 1861, its official name remains the longest name for a registered company in the United Kingdom. The shortened name was quickly adopted after 1935 when all the vessels operated by the company adopted the famous black-topped red funnel in their livery.

The company used to be called "The Southampton, Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Limited". Originally the company operated a paddle steamer ferry service between Cowes, Isle of Wight and Southampton, England.

In 1931 they introduced their first diesel ferry, the MV Medina III. The ferries used have steadily increased in size to the current Scottish built Raptor class of car ferries operated between East Cowes and the Town Quay in Southampton.

Between 1969 and its phasing out during the nineteen-nineties this route had been served by Italian built hydrofoils.

During its long history the company has operated other routes connecting the Isle of Wight and mainland England. Today, two alternative passenger and two alternative vehicle ferry routes are operated by rival companies.

In 2001 The company was sold to JP Morgan Partners Inc. by Associated British Ports Holdings Plc who had acquired the company in 1989 as a White knight to fend off a hostile take over by Sally Lines.

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  • UK. Red Funnel Easter Challenge adds IRM Class for high ... - BYM News (press release)
  • MOTOCROSS WHEELS IN MOTION AGAIN - Isle of Wight County Press
  • Escape's picks of the week - The Observer
  • Move over, Manuel - Telegraph.co.uk
  • It's time to talk summer bulbs - Scotsman
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