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Re: AEF cross Channel transport?
in the late 19/early 20 century cargoes were smaller so ships were smaller but more numerous. many "coastal" steamers could carry about the same as a 40 foot container or less.
many world wide traders were under 200 foot oa. and it was not uncommon for 50 fool long river craft to sail to their workplace anywhere in the world! there are few detailed stories of their voyages as it was so common place!
my local shipyard LYTHAM SHIPBUILDERS specialised in "small" craft and most went under their own power, it was only when they were being delivered to a mountain lake or similar that they were transported as a construction kit!
You should read about their trip around Cape Horn when they first went to the west coast. This was pre-Panama Canal. Heck of a trip for a pair of coastal steamers.
Silverstone (US Warships of WW1, page 254) lists her and the Charles as being used to ferry troops across the English Channel to France. Quite a journey to have got here in the first place!