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FERRY from the MERSEY

Royal Iris, built by William Deny an Bros,,,formerly operated by the Mersey Ferries,,,seen on the Thames at Woolwich 26.02.2006

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Hi Phill,

I didn't know that she was still about.

I've many happy memories of days out on her, right from childhood up until the time she was retired. One notable trip towards the end of her service was when she got stuck on a sandbank opposite Otterspool and we had to wait for the tide to free us. Due to the age of the diesel/electric propulsion system, they weren't allowed to go to full power to try and shift us, so we sat and waited for about three hours. The Captain ordered free chips and tea all round while we waited! I'd managed to talk my way on to the bridge for a look around at the time and the radio messages from passing ships were hilarious, they all knew the captain and took the p**s out of him mercilessly.

What is she actually used for now?
 

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its been moored in this spot for a few years now, haven’t got a clue what’s happening to her,,,,,,But Free Chips?????????

Phill
 

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The Royal Iris river cruises were a lot longer than the ones these days, there was a cafeteria and bar on board. To prevent a mutiny by the passengers, the captain broadcast that free chips and a cup of tea were available to all, I don't think the catering staff were too pleased!


I must pop down and have a look at her. I was at the King George V dock the other week, if only I'd known I could have gone over to see her then.
 

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She sank on Saturday 6th Feb.
Pictures were shown in the Liverpool Echo

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Garethmoelfre
 

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