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Bristol Queen at Knightstone Pier, Weston-s-Mare
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No: 2407   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2005   Manufacturer: W. Denny, Dumbarton, Scotland, United Kingdom   Country: United Kingdom
Bristol Queen at Knightstone Pier, Weston-s-Mare

Photographed on 11 September 2005.
With Weston-super-Mare Pier in the news today, as the pier was on fire, I looked up my old photos and found this one. I had lived in the neighborhhood for 3 years, 1959-62, and went back in 2005, to find that little had changed!
Bristol Queen was built in 1938 by Wm. Denny & Sons at Dumbarton, Glasgow, and was one of a pair of small boats built for the Caledonian Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., to be used as Clyde ferries. She was originally named Leven, and her twin sister Ashton after two Clyde tributaries.
Picture added on 28 July 2008
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I travelled many many times on both Ashton and leven which plied from Largs to Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae on the Firth of CLyde. Some alterations were obviously made afterwards, the most obvious being she had a wheelhouse near the stem on Clyde service.

Added by Jim Kerr on 22 March 2009.
Is she still plying her trade and operating?

Added by Dave Forbes on 15 October 2012.
Up until 2010 she was in use as a ferry to Steep Holm Island in the Bristol Channel. She is currently either about to start, or part way through, a major refit. When completed she will return to service offering pleasure cruises.

Added by John Southall on 15 October 2012.
If had the money , I would bring her back home and revert her back to her original name and put her back as she was originally built in 1938 being a historic vessel.

Added by Dave Forbes on 18 October 2012.
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