Squibstress (squibstress) wrote in little_details,

Crossing the English Channel in the late 1950s

How long would it likely take?

I have two characters who will be taking the ferry between Dover and Calais in early 1958, but I can't find any information on how long a crossing would have taken at that time. The Guardian helpfully informs me that the first hovercraft crossing occurred in 1959 and took 2 hours and 3 minutes, so I'm assuming a conventional ferry crossing took quite a bit longer--but how much longer?

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Searches tried: channel crossing; channel crossing history; english channel history; channel ferries; dover-calais ferry;
Tags: 1950-1959, uk: public transportation, ~travel: sea travel

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