Original oil painting by Norman Wilkinson for a London Midland & Scottish Railway poster. Many British railway companies operated ferry services. Wilkinson was commisioned by several of the companies to produce artwork for use in posters promoting their services. The London Midland & Scottish Railway Company (LMS) was formed in 1923, and operated ferries acros the Irish Sea on routes between Holyhead and Dublin, and Heysham and Belfast. In 1948 all the private railway companies' shipping fleets were nationalised, becoming part of the British Transport Commision. The 'Duke of Lancaster' sailed on the Heysham-Belfast route from 1928 until 1956.
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