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There is a short piece in November Ships Monthly stating that somebody intends to resore PS Ryde to operating condition. Estimate is £7m

Well, good luck with that one! 🙄

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Will have a look, bought a copy today as the Ship of the Month is a good four pages on Libby, but also features Duchesse Anne and Coutances amongst other stuff.  Good issue this month.

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This very interesting drone survey shows what she looked like last year. Basically she is in tatters on her 80th birthday - very sad.

The National Maritime Museum holds her plans in their Denny Collection - it would be easier to build a new one!

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56 minutes ago, Khaines said:

Hope this doesn’t breach copyright - this is the feature.

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It probably does but don't worry, we'll back you up. It's just a precaution in case the painters use the original by mistake to protect the floor. Ed. 

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Very sad seeing the footage - how much of her would be of the original ship.  I remember there was those of us who wanted Caedmon and her sisters preserved and restored, and Caedmon was just a pile of rust herself.  But she was in far better condition, so were her sisters, and even poor old Cuthred would have been a better bet of a successful restoration and refurbishment.  To be honest, I would rather see this person plough money into getting Cuthred back if she has that much money to burn on a dream.  Cuthred is much more likely to be successful.  I would love to see Ryde being restored, but in all honesty it looks absolutely impossible. 

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13 hours ago, The Ferry Man said:

Well funding has been raised - who knows what will happen now! Wouldn't have thought she would be structurally sound to be moved myself

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-46385127

I see its another of these so called `crowdfunding` events..There seems to be no limit to the gullibility of these social media addicts who throw good money after bad...Perhaps the best thing would be to use the money to scrap it in situ...certainly cant see it floating again.

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5 minutes ago, cvabishop said:

£5,000???? Don't make me laugh! You couldn't even start to scrap it for that.

I`m well aware of that, but I was just making a point

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1 hour ago, cvabishop said:

No surprise whatsoever and punter's money effectively down the drain.

What is it with this crowdfunding lot.......they really have more money than sense if they gave to this hopeless cause

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Yes it was hopeless but I would not be critical. I have been involved in heritage transport preservation for too many years - indeed back to the days when every hulk in Dai Woodham's scrapyard had a fundraising slogan chalked on by one locomotive group or other. In my youth I contributed to many of them. But with age I do think you get to sort out the just do-able from the impossible based on some experience or other. Or perhaps I should say you grow out of sentimentality. For me the Road to Damascus moment came when I was walking past the fund raising shop that for years was at the land end of the old West Pier at Brighton. It may have been some shaft of light that lit up what was left and I suddenly realised they might as well shut up that shop - it would never ever get done. This was around 1997 before the lottery gave them the grant and before the collapse of the Concert Hall and well before the arson business. I got real - age about 45!  These people were new to the game, had not faced disappointment in the eye time after time and probably had too much sentimentality. But without that much of what we value as transport heritage would have gone. 

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Railways have started over the last decade or so to build new steam locos representing certain classes. Tornado A1 being the first. Perhaps they should try and raise enough o build a new Ryde.

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What for? It would never be a commercial success. Anyway, it has already been done with the Medway Queen. New hull, new superstructure little, if anything, of the original vessel left and it still won't be carrying any passengers.

Maid of the Loch restoration is a more practical proposition.

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