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PS Ryde
PS Ryde, now known as Ryde Queen, was the last paddler on the Solent crossing from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight, from where she was withdrawn in 1969. She is now in poor condition and various attempts to negotiate a purchase her have, so far, failed. her condition is now making her a safety hazard, and it is likely that she will be scrapped. 

Nearing the end : PS Ryde in 2008

Photos kindly supplied by Jack Woodhams


Built in 1937 by Wm Denny & Bros at Dumbarton, Scotland
Engines : Triple expansion diagonal
Dimensions : 223 ft x 52 ft (overall)
566 Gross Registered Tonnes

Built for the Southern Railway's ferry service from Portsmouth on the south coast of England to Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
Operated a year-round service in the pre-World War II years
Replaced on the regular ferry service by motor vessels, Ryde became a relief and summer-only vessel
Withdrawn after the 1969 seasonin which she spent September 11-15th on charter at Tower Pier London offering short cruises
Moved to a mud berth at Binfield Marina, Isle of Wight and, as "Ryde Queen", used as the Marina clubhouse and latterly a discotheque
Damaged by fire in 1977 but repaired
Several changes of ownership meant that efforts to preserve the vessel and restore her have faltered
Vessel remains in a deteriorating condition at Binfield Marina

2008 : Paddle Steamer Ryde Trust established to take charge of renewed attempts to save the ship
2009 : Marina owners have gone into administration and vessel is in the hands of the receivers who are planning demolition as she deteriorates badly
2010 : Attempts by the PS Ryde Trust to buy the ship continue to be rebuffed as her condition gets worse and worse.

Ryde in 1999 : Photo by kind courtesy of Phil Barnes.  Click here for more

Below : From the Tramscape photo database : Ryde in 1989 



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