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Lincoln Castle 

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In British rail colours in the late 1960s. Photo made available by kind courtesy of Mr D Anderson
Built in 1940 by A&J Inglis, Pointhouse, Glasgow, Scotland : yard no 1024
Engines : Triple Expansion Diagonal by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co of Troon, Ayrshire : 16.5, 26 and 41 inch cylinders with 51" stroke
Dimensions : 199'7" long x 33'1" breadth
598 Gross Registered Tons (320 net)

Operated on London & North East Railway's Hull-New Holland ferry service on the Humber Estuary in England, commencing on 4th August 1941,one month after a delayed delivery from Scotland
She had originally left the Clyde in October 1940, but rough seas damaged her and she put in at Tobermory, before returning for repair. She then lay at Craigendoran awaiting fine weather
After railway mationalisation in 1948 she was owned by British Transport Commission then British Railways and finaly Sealink
Similar to her quasi-sisters Tattershall and Wingfield Castle except for the boiler being forward (ie the boiler placed ahead of the engines in the hull)
With her funnel forward of the paddle wheels her looks were more conventional than her sisters
Enclosed wheelhouse and radar added in April 1948
Mainmast fitted in April 1954
Retained on the service after the withdrawal of her quasi-sisters, running alongside the paddle car ferry Farringford
Withdrawn in February 1978 with a defective boiler, having remained coal-fired to the end, the last such vessel of her type in the UK
Opened as a pub at Hessle close to the Humber Bridge which had, since 1981, rendered the ferries obsolete
Resold to Colin Johnson in 1986 and moved to Immingham for refurbishment in 1987 and boilers removed
Opened as a bar and restaurant on the River Freshney near the National Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby in 1989
Closed to the public since late 2006 for refurbishment,
Due to serious deterioration and holing of some hull plates he was moved along the dock and "beached" on limestone tipped into the corner of the dock to avoid sinking
Work stalled on cost grounds and Lincoln Castle was offered for sale in 2009
In the absence of private buyers by June 2010 (mostly put off by the high costs of rectifying the hull plus the local council's demand for a GBP 60k bond) the owner decided to scrap the ship
The Lincoln Castle Preservation Society was established at the end of May 2010 to buy the ship for restoration and eventual return to service but failed in their attempt

Scrapped in situ in October 2010

Above :  Lincoln Castle at Hull in 1959. Photos by courtesy of Ian Stenton

Above and below : Lincoln Castle on the foreshore at Hessle in November 1984. Photos by kind courtesy of Chris Allen

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Lincoln Castle's Engines : Photos left courtesy of Lee Wheeler and centre, right courtesy of David Ornsby


Above : At Grimsby in 2008 : Looking good but beached on the slag pile at the corner of the dock which mean she rested on the bottom at low tide - causing further damage to her hull plates. It proved impossible to repair her at this location - and the cost of removing her was prohibitive and led to her demise.
Photo by kind courtesy of David Ornsby

In preservation : By David Ornsby : Click on the links for more

2004 - Lincoln Castle on River Freshney
2004 - Aboard and Engines
2006 - Freshly repainted
2008 - 4th January
2008 - 21st October


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Above : The magnificent Ailsa-built engines, which were kept in close to working order and could be turned electrically. Photo by kind courtesy of Kenny Whyte
For more photos of the demolition of Lincoln Castle - Click here


Kirk Martin's book "Ferries Across the Humber"  (2014)  is a comprehensively researched and illustrated 176-page record of the Humber crossing, with particular reference to Lincoln Castle by an author who worked aboard the ship. This book makes for a definitive history of the subject.  Details can be found on the link below.   ISBN  9781783831029

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