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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as Ryde Queen, was the last paddler on the Solent crossing from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight, from where she was withdrawn in 1969.

In 2018 a new group, Friends of PS Ryde, was established to make one final attempt to rescue what remains of the vessel, but in January 2019 it was announced that the attempt would be abandoned. Shortly afterwards it was announced that the remains of the vessel would be dismantled and removed before the end of 2019 but that the engine would be saved for possible use as an educational exhibit in Scotland 

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 Tons

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Withdrawn after the 1969 seasonin which she spent September 11-15th on charter at Tower Pier London offering short cruises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
Various efforts to preserve the vessel and restore her failed
April 2019 : Vessel still remains in a derelect condition at Binfield Marina

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

Below : From the photograph archive: Ryde in 1989 

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