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I was down on the boatyard along Faversham Creek recently when I spotted this 'fast ferry' (I believe it was so called) that had been probably high-and-dry for some time along with a sister boat whose name I do not recall. Belonged to White Horse Ferries as far as I could tell, so where were these f

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Hi Paul,
These ferries were built specifically to carry visitors along the Thames to the Greenwich White Elephant, sorry, Millenium Dome. (Jester)
They were built in the mid-nineties & were fast but low-wash tri-maran ferries, powered by water-jets, considered as ideal for the Thames.
I'm not sure how many there were in total but they were all named after Charles Dickens characters, Uriah Heep & Philip Pirrip pictured here & two others were Martin Chuzzlewit & Wilkins Macawber.
White Horse have been trying to sell them for years but interest seemed to be low.

Martin.
 

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Thank you very much, Martin. Must confess, I was surprised to find these two in fairly good nick more-or-less dumped in Faversham of all places!
 

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Gary Thain (RIP) from Christchurch NZ played Bass..what a man..as hard as the music. KPC
 

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The Thames Swift still operates on the Thames. These boats are the worst design of passenger boat i have ever had the joy (if you can call it that) to handle. They were designed for the V berths at the Dome and designed to allow you to drive straight into the berth.

However the Thames Swift which is operated by TLC is basically a small hire boat or tender. I drove her when she was the ferry for a while from Canary Wharf pier to the Hilton Hotel.

Due to the fast flowing tides of the Thames and boats passing causing major wash , these light trimarans were lifted up and smashed against the pier causing serious damage...one even crushed the mate's leg between the pier and the boat itself.

They are perfect boats for Lakes and non tidal waters but just far far far too boyant and dangerous for tidal waters such as the Thames.


Just have a look at this video of the Thames Swift coming alongside Canary Wharf pier and how much the wash from passing boats lifts these boats up and slams them against the piers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCemY47X3K4

The Uriah heep and Phillip Pirrup are up for sale for £95,000...overpriced in my view as i see the Abel Magwitch get sold around 2002 for around £20,000

The Phillip Pirrup i think last time i saw her at Faversham had a missing jet bucket but both are in quite good condition apart from the odd fendering hanging off here and there. They would be a good investment for lake tours etc.


...On a rather funny note...dont you think the name Uriah Heep sounds like "You are'a heep" :sweat:
 

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