Sunday, 14 February 2010

PS Ryde

The hulk of the paddle steamer Ryde at the Island Harbour Marina on the
River Medina between Newport and East Cowes. Launched in 1937 and now
abandoned, she operated ferry services between Portsmouth and Ryde
until the 1960s.
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You may wish to add your name to a petition as part of a last ditch
attempt to halt the scrapping of this iconic vessel. The P.S. Ryde was
laid down for the Southern Railway in 1936 and for many years operated
the Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pierhead route. We are sure that many of
us will have sampled her delights!

For some time the PS Ryde Trust has been endeavouring to purchase the
vessel for preservation and restoration but after promising progress
negotiations have broken down and dismantling has started. A long shot,
but a web-petition is active aiming to halt the scrapping, and if you
feel that this is a worthy objective, you may wish to "sign" the
petition which can be found at:
The petition closes on 2 March.