Newhaven/Dieppe cross channel ship

By Reg Voice

I would like to have a photo of the SS Brighton which was in operation before WW2.   My late Father, Reg Voice, worked at the Marine Office at Newhaven Harbour all his working life as did my Grandfather, Albert Voice.   An uncle of mine was a crew member of the SS Brighton. Hoping someone can assist, as my family were all from Newhaven.

Many thanks,

Reg Voice

Edit: 6/08/09 I found this photo in my own collection. Not sure where it came from. Andy - Editor

Photo:Brighton V (1938)

Brighton V (1938)

Andy Gilbert collection

This page was added by Reg Voice on 06/08/2009.
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This would probably be the Brighton V. A very handsome looking ship.

I don't think we have any photos of her on this site, though I haven't checked fully. In any case, we would not be able to provide you with a copy.

I'd suggest that you contact the Newhaven Museum -


Click on 'Contact Us' and drop them an email. Or pop in to see them at the Museum - details on the site.

Andy Gilbert - Editor

By Andy Gilbert
On 03/08/2009

Post cards of Brighton V and Brighton VI, (and many other vessels) are available at the Newhaven Local & Maritime Museum, or go to the Museum Website http://www.newhavenmuseum.co.uk/ and choose the Shop section where they can be ordered by post, or they can also be ordered at the Newhaven Historical Society's bi-monthly meetings at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven .

By Pete
On 06/08/2009

I have an original watercolour painting of the TSS Brighton, dated 1940 - is this the ship you are referring to? My Grandfather, Roly Burr was chef on this ship.

Could you perhaps photograph the painting and share it with us here? Andy - Editor

By Andrea Dechaine
On 06/08/2009

I had a look at the Museum website as I was interested in the possibility of buying some postcards of the ships but there is no 'Shop' mentioned. Has this service ceased?

I'm pretty certain it ceased when the website was changed last year. I'm sure they will update the site in time (there's a proposal from me on the table) and that will restore things. In the meantime, an email to them should get you some details.

By Derek Longly
On 06/08/2011

The Brighton IV was sunk during the Dunkirk evacuation in June 1940. My Father in Law, Arthur Kennard was a crewman at the time. One seaman was lost and his war grave is in the Telscombe village church yard. I try to visit it whenever I am over from Canada. I have several pictures of her, a fine, fast ship.

By Jack Patten


Boy oh boy I made a big mistake. My previous comment should have referred to the "Paris IV" not the Brighton. Sorry about that. The history of the cross channel ships is so interesting and Peter Bailey was the author of a book on them.

By Jack Patten 

By Jack Patten, Canada
On 16/09/2011

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