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Transformation of Edith

Post by SCameron » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:51 pm

The former Gravesend - Tilbury ferry boat Edith has undergone a massive transformation since which it is almost impossible to recognise any featuress of her original appearance. This is shown in a couple of images from the excellent website The Liquid Highway, which is dedicated to the past and present shipping of the River Thames - mainly the upper part of the river (upstream from Tower Bridge from the Pool of London to Richmond).

Edith was one of three sisters built by Thornycrofts , the other two being the Catherine and the Rose. They were built as replacement passenger ferries for the once busy cross river service between Gravesend and Tilbury. Within 5 years one of the three sisters, the Rose, was surplus to requirementsnand was transferred north to the Caledonian Steam Packet Co, the subsidiary of British Railways that ran the passenger and vehilce ferries on the Firth of Clyde. After a short time on the Clyde the Rose was renamed Keppel. She spent several years on the Lrgs - Millport passenger run and, on the demise of that run, Keppel operated more generally on Calmac services and on short excursions. After a short spell with a private Clyde operator Keppel emigrated to the island of Malta where she continues in service.

Edith maintained the Thames service until her owners withdrawal.

The pictures below show her in her original condition and, recently, after the transformation
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Edith as built
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Edith as she looks now
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Re: Transformation of Edith

Post by yorkieman » Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:56 pm

Many thanks for this one Stuart, I had lost track of EDITH and it's good to know she still exists, though much altered.
First saw the three sisters on my first visit to Gravesend, 15 August 1961, where did half a century go?
By the way, they are all recorded as built by White's Shipyard (Southampton) Ltd., I don't know if this was associated with Thornycroft.
Paul Clegg in his work 'Steamers of British Railways' noted that to tell them apart, on the yellow uptake EDITH had one black band, ROSE two bands and CATHERINE was left plain ... but the single band doesn't seem to show in your view of her.
ROSE became KEPPEL in 1967 then had 'an unregistered name' CLYDE ROSE from 1993 while with Inverclyde Marine, then reverted to KEPPEL after sale to Maltese owners in 1995.
If our 'Malta of the Western Isles' friend does not offer a photo, then my good friend member Markes will surely help as I have some fine views of her by him from last May.
As for third sister CATHERINE, she eventually ended up on the Tyne and for some time had the indignity of a false stern paddle wheel as 'CATHERINE WHEEL' before taking the name LATIS under which she continues to offer cruises from Newcastle Quay. Photos below as CATHERINE on Newcastle Quay 07/08/2005 and as LATIS off South Shields 25/04/2010.
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Re: Transformation of Edith

Post by SCameron » Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:05 pm

George - spot on - it was White's

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Re: Transformation of Edith

Post by markes » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:28 pm

As KEPPEL at Valletta 13.05.10
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Re: Transformation of Edith

Post by yorkieman » Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:27 pm

She's looking fine for a 50-year old, thanks for posting.
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Re: Transformation of Edith

Post by markes » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:21 am

CATHERINE on the Tyne at Harrisons Shipyard Bill Quay 02.10.89
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Re: Transformation of Edith

Post by markes » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:24 am

CATHERINE as the CATHERINE WHEEL on the Tyne in Albert Edward Dock complete with 'wheel' 06.07.90
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