KENILWORTH was built in 1936 at Rowhedge Ironworks, Colchester as HOTSPUR II, for General Estates, who operated a ferry service between Southampton's Town Quay and Hythe, on the other side of Southampton Water. Originally, she could carry 300 passengers. In 1979, she was sold to Clyde Marine Motoring Ltd and moved to Scotland to operate a ferry service between Gourock and Kilcreggen and Helensburgh. Renamed KENILWORTH, she operated for twenty-eight years and remained largely unaltered. In April 2007, she was replaced on that ferry service by a newer vessel, and started a new service from Greenock and Helensburgh to Blairmore and Lochgoil. In 2009, she was sold and moved to Inverness where she still runs public and charter trips to the Firth of Clyde.
Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors (Amberley, 2010), updated Mar 2011.
Hamer, Geoffrey, Trip Out 1995/6 - A Guide to the Passenger Boat Services of the British Isles, G P Hamer, 1995
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