Sunday ‘shut down’ hits Festival ship

June 25, 1951 | Filed under: Yorkshire Observer

ALTHOUGH several hundred people went to King George Dock, Hull, yesterday, they were not allowed aboard the Festival ship Campania.

The ship’s staff was willing to work – they would have been paid overtime, and they had little else to do because it was raining outside and they were stangers to the city – but it would need a special Act of Parliament to open the ship to the public on Sundays.

The same applies to the Land Travelling Exhibition now in Leeds.


An official aboard the Campania said last night: “Sunday could have been our best day. We need 8,000 adults and children aboard the ship daily to pay our way.

“Our capacity is regarded as 10,000 people a day, but yesterday – Saturday – we had 11,619 people aboard and showed a reasonable profit.

“We have not yet discovered why we were not allowed to open on Sunday.”

The number of people allowed on board at any one time is limited to 2,500 for safety reasons.

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