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These ships are at severe risk. In recent years several paddle steamers have not survived, although these have generally been derelict ships for which the cost of restoration would have made any project impractical.
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VESSELS AT RISK
Binfield Marina, IOW. England
Former Solent ferry moored near the River Medina at Binfield Marina on the Isle of Wight, UK. Gradually deteriorating after years of neglect. High and dry except at exceptional tides. The Paddle Steamer Ryde Trust was set up to try and negotiate her purchase from the administrators of the Island Harbour organisation which owned her and the attached marina, but failed in their efforts. The ship has been allowed to rot and is now well beyond any hope of being saved. One last attempt, in 2018, was abandoned. Her engines remain aboard.
The former MAHART passenger vessel lies on the Danube near Budapest, in a poor condition following a fire. Her machinery has already been removed. MAHART had originally planned to return her to service, but funds were not available. She survives, in very poor condition, on the Danube at the Neszmely Ship Museum on the Danube. She is in good hands, however, as part of the Zoltan Foundation collection (named after a paddle tug in the museum collection). Finance for her restoration is not available at the moment.
Former Danube cargo
and passenger boat built in 1898, withdrawn in 1992 and then used
as a restaurant in Belgrade as "Split",the name she assumed
after World War II. Now out of the water and deteriorating
at Kladovo shipyard
Photo link on internet : http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/49023221.jpg
A number of the 65 long-distance river
cruise ships of the Soviet 737 project built between 1951 and 1960
in the USSR and Hungary are believed to be in existence, many beached and in very
poor condition. However, Krasnoyarsk is still in operation
and the motor conversion Bogdan Khmelnitskiy
has been returned to operational service in the Ukraine. K.M. Stanyukovich
is under restoration in Russia. Motor conversion T Dostoevskiy (see
below) has been badly damaged by fire but still exists.
For more on the Project 737 series see the Russian River Ships site page for these ships : http://www.riverships.ru/english/specs/?grp=737
This is the ship list : http://www.riverships.ru/english/lists/?grp=737
Photos and status updates are available on this Russian enthusiasts' forum : http://www.infoflotforum.ru/index.php?showtopic=25473
Has been out of service since 2005 but there are reports that she is now under reconstruction for service
Completely delapidated condition
Near Saratov, Russia
Appears to be on dry land near Volsk with paddle wheels
missing. One source suggests she got to that position around 50
metres from the riverbank during flood conditions on the river.
Appears to be out of the water in a shipyard on Zhukov island in the Dnipr at Kiev in these photos on panoramio posted by "zaz" in 2009 : http://www.panoramio.com/photo/29180252 . http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39876695 . http://www.panoramio.com/photo/39876688 and on the photoblog of Alexander in 2011 at http://alexfoto.com.ua/show.php?id=zhukoffisland,. She is in very poor condition with engines, boiler and paddle wheels removed
VESSELS AT RISK - CONVERTED TO DIESEL
Tver region, Russia
Pictures of 737-series paddler Dostoevskiy in early 2008 by Viktor Borisov
prior to being seriously damaged by fire in the summer of
the same year (with one added early 2009 showing the damage which
has completely gutted the forward half of the vessel)
Photo on Panoramio website : http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/34232810.jpg
VESSELS AT RISK - MACHINERY REMOVED
The small ex-River Dart paddler
(1914-1962) is moored at Lemon Quay, Truro in Cornwall,
south-west England and was used as a flower shop and cafe until 2008. She is
an almost identical older sister to PS Kingswear Castle, but
has been rebuilt significantly from her original form.
Compton Castle has been at Truro since 1984. She was sold
in 2008 and expected to be re-opened in fully refurbished form as a nautical-themed restaurant
with a traditional tea room in the lower deck, run by renowned local
chef Kevin Viner.
However, that plan did not come to fruition but property developers
Porthia who now own the boat are reported to be pressing ahead with
refurbishment of the ship whilst looking for a company to lease
Her engines are preserved and were exhibited at the Blackgang Chine Fantasy Park on the Isle of Wight for many years, but in 2015 were sold to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society and are to be exhibited at Dartmouth, where her cousin, PS Kingswear Castle operates
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