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PS Ryde
PS Ryde was the last paddler on the Solent crossing from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight, from where she was withdrawn in 1969.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 but that the engine would be saved for possible use as an educational exhibit in Scotland. As of April 2020, no progress had been made on removing Ryde's remains


Above : In preservation at Binfield Marina in 1981. Photo by Gordon Stewart

Built in 1937 by Wm Denny & Bros at Dumbarton, Scotland
Engines : Triple expansion diagonal  
16, 25.5 and 41 inches x 63 inches
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
Requisitioned as a minesweeper in World War II. Assisted in the Normandy landings
Replaced on the regular ferry service by motor vessels, Ryde became a relief and summer-only vessel
She spent  a few days in September 1968 at Tower Pier London offering short cruises on charter to Gilbey's Gin
Withdrawn after the 1969 season
Moved to a mud berth at Binfield Marina, Isle of Wight in 1970 and her boiler removed
Opened in 1972 as the "Ryde Queen Boatel", and after a fire in 1977 reopened as a discotheque and clubhouse as "Ryde Queen" until 1989
Various efforts to preserve the vessel and restore her failed
2020 : Vessel still remains in an extremely derelect condition at Binfield Marina


From the paddlesteamers.info photograph archive: Ryde in 1989 by Gordon Stewart.   Click here for more photos




Above : Aerial view of Ryde at Binfield Marina taken on 15th May 1992 by Phil Barnes.  Click here for more


Above : Ryde in 1999. Even then there was no realistic hope of saving the vessel.  Photo by kind courtesy of Phil Barnes.  Click here for more photos from 1999


Above : Ryde in 2008 by kind courtesy of Jack Woodhams



Above : September 2020. Ryde continues to disintegrate at Binfield Marina, Isle of Wight. Photo by kind courtesy of Phil Barnes
Hopes of removing her and saving the remaining parts of the engine have, so far, not come to fruition. Click here for more photos from 2020

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