Brading was in the wars towards the end of her career, with major clutch troubles she had problems stopping! She would regularly give Ryde Pier Head a good thump...I can recall her being withdrawn and Caedmon being rostered on as a replacement...the C-class would roll alot on the Ryde run, which no vehicles on they were rather top heavy!
Wonder if in the future they would spare a W-class for the Ryde run? I wonder if it would not make economic sense to maybe use one on the Fishbourne route at very quiet times? A near empty St. Clare must lose them thousands?
On this photo you can clearly see the small differences in the twins 'Brading' and 'Southsea', clearly see the different sizes in the navigational light boxes on 'Southsea' to the ones on 'Brading', also the different heights of the spar on the mast of each twin. towards the stern two large boards read 'Keep Clear of Propellers' on the 'Southsea', on 'Brading' the boards read 'Keep off Propellers'.