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No: 6338   Contributor: David T. Jackson   Year: 1973   Manufacturer: W. Denny, Dumbarton, Scotland, United Kingdom   Country: United Kingdom
Ferry Royal Iris

Mersey ferry "Royal Iris" (built 1951) arriving at Pier Head, Liverpool, August 1973
Picture added on 30 December 2012 at 09:14
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Built by William Denny & Brothers of Dumbarton (Yard No. 1448) and launched in December 1950, costing £256, 000.
Her engines were produced by Ruston & Hornsby Metropolitan-Vickers. Of 1, 234 gross tonnes, she is 159 feet long and 48 feet wide, with a draught of 9 feet.
On Friday 7 September 1951 the battleship HMS Duke of York was under tow on her way to being broken up at Gareloch when she collided with the Royal Iris off Gladstone Dock. The Royal Iris was temporarily out of control and the floodtide carried her against the warship. The ferry was approaching the end of a cruise organised by the Amalgamated Engineering Union. Some people were hospitalised as a result of the accident.
By 2010 she is reported to have been derelict, moored on the Thames near Woolwich.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 30 December 2012.
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