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P.S. Tattershall Castle (1934)
Original Operating Area - Humber Estuary, UK - Now in Preservation at London, UK
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Tattershall Castle at her London berth in 2007, three years after her controversial refit
Launched on September 24th, 1934 by Wm. Gray at Hartlepool, England
Engines : Triple Expansion Diagonal, 18, 28.5 and 46 in x 51 in
Dimensions : 199,9 ft (overall) x 33.1/57 ft
556 Gross Registered Tonnes

Built for LNER Railway (later British Railways) Hull - New Holland ferry service
One of three paddlers maintaining a year-round service for passengers, cars, cattle and cargo
Withdrawn in 1972 as construction work on the Humber Suspension Bridge was about to start
Moved to the Embankment, London, serving as an art gallery from 1975 to 1981
Sold to the Chef & Brewer group and taken to the river Medway for major hull repairs
Returned to her berth at the Embankment and opened as a pub and night club in August 1982
Main deck aft enclosed to provide additional covered accommodation
Wheelhouse replaced with the new "Bridge Suite" in 1988
Taken over by the Spirit Group (ex Punch Taverns) who then bought the Retail business of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in 2003
Since 2005 owned by TCG (Tattershall Castle Group), who own pubs across the country. The company brand is "the 1440", backed by venture capital group Alchemy
She temporarily closed for business in December 2014 and left her berth on 19th January 2015 for a refurbishment at Hull,  arriving on the Humber on 22nd January
After refurbishment she returned to her berth on the Embankment for further service

Refit 2003-04:

At the beginning of October 2003, Tattershall Castle was towed to Tilbury and transferred to a barge for the final leg of her journey to Great Yarmouth, for refurbishment. Her paddle wheels have been removed and her bridge totally rebuilt (again). Larger windows have been cut in the forward lounge affording a better view of the nearby London Eye Ferris wheel opposite her berth on London's Embankment to which she returned ion May 19th, 2004.
The refurbishment cost a total of GBP 4.75million.



Above : Tattershall Castle in service in 1971 in a photo kindly supplied by Jake Dale
PHOTO SERIES

1970s

Still much as she was when withdrawn but with brown beige and black funnel

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1983

With the main deck aft almost fully enclosed to provide space for a night club

1986

Showing the canvas enclosure on the main deck forward

Click here for thumbnails of the full 1986 photograph collection

1988

With new Bridge Suite replacing the traditional wheelhouse

Click here for thumbnails of the full 1988 photograph collection 

2003-04

Under refit at George Prior's yard at Great Yarmouth. One photo by Syd Harper

2004

Minus paddles and vents removed, Tattershall Castle might not now appear as a paddler to the casual observer and whilst refitted to modern standards, her unique selling point may have been lost. Photos by Mark Young

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2007

A detailed look at the "new" Tattershall Castle, from the riverbank, on deck and in the saloon on the main deck

Click here for the full 2007 photograph collection


Website  http://thetattershallcastle.co.uk/
Wikipedia page :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PS_Tattershall_Castle

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