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R.S. Hispaniola on the River Thames
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No: 2692   Contributor: John Southall   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: United Kingdom
R.S. Hispaniola on the River Thames

Permanently moored by Hungerford Bridge on the River Thames is R.S. Hispaniola.
She is now a coffee bar, cafe, Tapas bar, cocktail bar and restaurant.
Funny really I always thought that the Hispaniola was a Spanish galleon in the 16th Century!
Picture added on 22 October 2008
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From the R.S. Hispaniola web site:
The R.S. Hispaniola, formerly Maid of Ashton, started her career with the Caledonian Steam Packet Company as a passenger ferry on the famous Clyde & Isles route around the west coast of Scotland.
Maid of Ashton was the first of four similar vessels. Constructed at the famous yard of Yarrow & Company and launched on 17th February 1953, she entered service at the end of May that year.
The remaining "Maids", the Argyll and Skelmorlie (built by A. & J. Inglis) and Cumbrae (Ardrossan Dockyard Co.), followed later that summer.
They were aptly named, being truly "maids-of-all-work". In addition to the normal service from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay or Millport they were also frequently employed on other routes, notably Craigendoran to Rothesay, Millport to Rothesay and Gourock to Holy Loch. It was with this last route that the Maid of Ashton is most closely associated.
Since 1973 she has rested at anchor alongside the Victoria Embankment in the heart of London.

Added by Peter.Langsdale on 23 October 2008.
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