Extract from the Dukes' Introductory Brochure
A NEW ERA IN CROSS-CHANNEL TRAVELLING
LUXURY AFLOAT - that's the best way to describe British Railways overnight service from Heysham to Belfast.

The three new ships: T.S.S.
Duke of Lancaster, T.S.S. Duke of Argyll and the T.S.S. Duke of Rothesay are superb additions to the British Railways fleet of steamers. From the moment the passenger walks down the gangway on to the spotlessly clean deck, he knows he's going to have a good trip. Everything is ship-shape and modern. Whilst the traditional features of seagoing steamers are jealously retained, the interior appointments and decor would do justice to a first-class hotel.

The sleeping accommodation has been planned for ease of movement and maximum comfort. The first class dining room and the second class cafeteria-combined lounge are models of superb design and faultless taste. Nothing has been overlooked for the convenience of the passenger. Each cabin posesses a point for electric razors; and, depending on how you prefer the temperature of your cabin, with the flick of a switch you can regulate your personal air purifying outlet from cool to very warm.

Besides the first and second class lounges there are comfortable hotel bars. On the first class deck a tea dispense is open for passengers who would prefer something lighter than a set meal.

These magnificent ships have the most up-to-date navigational devices available to the Merchant Service. Radar, ship-to-shore contact by radio, wireless telegraphy, even the latest echo-sounding equipment which can pinpoint the distance in feet from the keel of the ship to the sea floor. Not a thing has been left to chance.

In case of bad weather, rolling of the ship is reduced considerably by the incorporation of stabilising fins - fitted for the first time to any ship on the Northern Ireland run - ensuring for the passenger a new ease in cross-channel travelling.
ORIGINAL INTERNAL PICTURES OF DUKE OF LANCASTER AND HER SISTERS
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ABOVE: The forward first class lounge on promenade deck featured views over the forecastle (left).
ABOVE: A cabin de luxe on board Duke of Lancaster.
ABOVE: The first class restaurant on Duke of Rothesay. This was located amidships on the Upper Deck, aft of the first class smokeroom.
ABOVE & BELOW: The high quality of finish achieved throughout is demonstrated in these two views of the Second Class lounge, located on the main deck. This was in the area stripped out on all three ships to create the car garage.
BELOW: A section of the second class cafeteria.
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Extract from Clegg & Styring: 'British Nationalised Shipping'
TSS DUKE OF LANCASTER

Her structure consists of two complete steel decks, a lower deck forward and aft of the machinery space, boat deck and navigating bridge deck joining forward and aft bridges. First class public rooms consist of a dining room seating seventy-six, shop and smokeroom on the upper deck, and bar adjoining the main lounge on the promenade deck. Second class passengers have for their use a cafeteria seating ninety-six and a lounge on the upper deck and another lounge and ladies' room on the main deck.

When the
Duke of Lancaster is required for cruising, big changes take place in the matter of only a few days. Many cabins are transformed into bathrooms for adjacent cabins; double-berth cabins convert to singles with special drawer and wardrobe space; lounges have seating removed and become recreation hall and ballroom; the second class cafeteria becomes a proper dining room and is redecorated to be the same as the first class dining room, and one cabin is altered to a ladies' hairdressing salon. When thus converted she carries 350 first class passengers only and sleeping accommodation consists of double-berth cabins-de-luxe, single berth cabins inside and outside on A and B decks, doubles inside and outside on B deck and doubles also on lower decks.
ABOVE: The Duke of Argyll's first class lounge was finished with slightly different furniture.
ABOVE: The designers made a point of creating stylish feature fireplaces throughout the ships.