SS Seaford model presented to museum

SEAFORD Museum has just received a new model of an historic ship which travelled from Newhaven to Dieppe.

A mini version of the SS Seaford was stolen from the museum in the 1970s when there was no alarm system.

But now thanks to model maker, Seaford resident and museum member David Clarke, the museum can display the ship again.

Museum publicity spokesperson Mick Barrett said: “The SS Seaford was owned by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Steam Packet Company for the Newhaven – Dieppe route.

“On August 20, 1895, she was inbound from Dieppe and ran into a fog bank about 30 miles from Newhaven and collided with the SS Lyon from the same company en route from Newhaven to Dieppe.

“She suffered fatal damage and sank after all of the passengers and crew were transferred to the SS Lyon which, although also severely damaged, was able to return to Newhaven.”

The photograph shows the model being handed over to the museum chairman Kay Turvey by model maker David Clarke.

The museum boasts an original porthole from the stricken SS Seaford which was recovered by divers and is part of the museum collection.

Seaford Museum can be found just off The Esplanade.

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