PS Ryde

Paddle Steamer built 1936 by Denny, William & Bros Ltd, Dumbarton

Ensign House flag

61

National Historic Fleet


Passenger Vessel

Ferry


Paddle Steamer

Newport


None

Unknown


No

No


28/01/1996

22/04/2014



Gallery


Propulsion

Steam

Steam triple expansion


1937

Unknown


Unknown


Dimensions

To be confirmed

52.46 feet (16.00 metres)


222.85 feet (67.97 metres)

To be confirmed


566.00


History

RYDE QUEEN was built for the Southern Railway Co. for the ferry service between Portsmouth and Ryde on the Isle of Wight. During the Second World War she served as a minesweeper. In 1942, RYDE was converted into an anti-aircraft vessel and took part in the Normandy Landings of June 1944. She returned to passenger service in 1945. Withdrawn from service in 1970, she opened as a restaurant/pub in Binfield in 1972. December 2006 saw her lying ashore on the River Medina, Isle of Wight, in poor condition with her funnel collapsed.

Previous names

  1. 1937 – Ryde

Key dates

  1. 1936 Built by W Denny of Dumbarton
  2. 1937/1940 Passenger vessel Portsmouth to Ryde Isle of Wight
  3. 1942 War service as an anti aircraft vessel
  4. 1944 Took part in the Normandy landings
  5. 1970 Withdrawn from service
  6. 2006 Lying in the River Medina, Isle of Wight in a poor state of repair

Bibliography

  1. 1978 Old Ships, Boats and Maritime Museums - Sullivan, Dick
  2. 1989 Ships Monthly Preservation News
  3. 1993 International Register of Historic Ships - Brouwer, Norman J
  4. 1994 Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

keel bar:

metal bar forming the keel of a metal vessel