'Ferries at Parkeston Quay, Harwich', c 1905-1923
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Original painting by Norman Wilkinson for a Great Eastern Railway poster entitled: 'The Continent via Hook of Holland'. Many British railway companies also ran ferry services to the continent. The Great Eastern Railway began operating a service between Harwich and European ports in 1864, serving Rotterdam and Antwerp initially, with the later addition of sailings to Hamburg and the Hook of Holland. The company became part of the London & North Eastern Railway Company in 1923.