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Sad fate of the Royal Iris

Extract from The Wirral Globe 05.02.10. 'The sad fate of Mersey ferry The Royal Iris was underlined this week after a lifeboat crew was dispatched to the half-sunken vessel now moored up and derelict in the Thames.

In her heyday, the Iris was famous for her party nights and saw performances by the Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers.'

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A great picture John. I believe that this was once a pleasure boat.
John Prior: A Liverpool Ferry on the Mersey. There is a petition on the web to get her back to Merseyside.
I remember her on the Mersey in her livery of green and cream, so sad to see her in such a dilapidated state John. I believe nothing has come of the petition yet, probably would cost too much money now.
John Prior: I was not really aware of her until my river trip on Sunday, but lots on the web, she had or has a sister ship I believe.
i suppose it must have been a smart looking vessel once
John Prior: Indeed, sad to see her like this, but it does give a poignant photo opportunity.
There's so much to appreciate in this picture, the fantastic sky, choppy water, and of course that boat! It's full of texture and mood.
John Prior: Thanks T, I enjoyed the trip along the Thames, lots of photo opportunities.
This is a really awesome photo- It all fits together so perfectly!
John Prior: Thank you Elizabeth
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Aug 2011, 06:33
Oh-oh-oh. I can just imagine what she looked like in her heyday! But now...she's a fabulous photo op for you, John.
John Prior: Imagine having heard the Beatles play on her smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Aug 2011, 09:16
Poor old thing: why don't they save her this indignity & just cut her up...
John Prior: That's a bit harsh, she provides a good photo opportunity, as decaying things do, and anyway one never knows what might happen smile
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 24 Aug 2011, 10:40
There are few things sadder than a ship in need of a lick of paint John.
John Prior: It has a lot of character, and the history makes it even more interesting
needs a little maintenance
John Prior: You could say that smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 24 Aug 2011, 10:58
Sad end for a grand boat good photo
John Prior: I wonder if it will be the end? Thanks Vintage
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Aug 2011, 12:55
You have captured this poor thing quite well. The black background works better for me though. All good things come to an end eventually. Reminds me of a photo I took: http://savo.shutterchance.com/image/2009/11/20/broken/
John Prior: Old decaying things have charm and are full of echoes of the past.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 24 Aug 2011, 14:45
almost a shame to see it just weathering away like that. nice image, like that sky.
John Prior: Thanks Otto, I wonder what will happen.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Aug 2011, 16:12
My mum will remember the Royal Iris very well, being a Liverpool lass..... I want to show her this but she might cry!! smile
John Prior: Imagine having heard the Beatles play on her.
Excellent picture John but so sad to see our heritage being left to go rotten and rusty. A fraction of the International Aid budget would sort this out methinks.
John Prior: I wonder what will happen, she does offer strong photo opportunities though.
I think that this should be saved. She is well known in the US. I read something about her some time ago. Have you a link to sign the petition. Looking at your picture John, I think she is worth keeping.
John Prior: Hi Frances, sent the link, I'm not sure how well done or professional this petition is, I signed it for what it's worth.
I was going to say give it a few more years and then someone will want to spend millions on restoring it. But someone has already started the process - let the fun begin
John Prior: I wonder what will happen, perhaps Sir Paul could be persuaded smile
Very good photo! John

John Prior: Thanks Roland for linking that image smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 26 Aug 2011, 05:39
she must have been quite the grand lady in her day.

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