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passenger boats have to get a license from the MCA each year. The MCA have the boat drydocked each year,taken out of the water and checked over ,a bit like
a car M.O.T .
If a boat is left on the bank, or laid up out of service,then this expires and they have to reapply for a new one.
If a boat is out of use, the owner useally puts it up for sale and wants to earn a bit of money. Sadly some owners get so desprate they do anything for
the money, even scrap the poor boat and all thats inside it. The engine useally ripped out and sold onto owners for other boats.
Im currently trying to save the last Teak on Oak passenger vessel on the River Thames. She is called The King and my father operated her from Westminster
to Hampton Court from 1989-1994.
She has sadly been sitting on the River Medway since 1994, after funds from the council failed and she has been left by her owner, hoping a new owner would
Wooden boats like her need constant up keep and money put into replacing teak planking in the hull and meeting modern safety standards,such as liferafts,
stability tests etc. Sadly the MCA are putting more and more pressure on these old boats , hence the New Windsor Castle being pushed out of service in
The Kings owner doesent want to scrap her but after he drydocked her in May, he told me he is turning away customers who want to drydock there boats and
loosing money and to get her back out again could break her back as she is in quite a poor state as you can imagine after 14 years sitting in the mud.
Im trying to save her from scrap and have managed to get a month or two until he scraps her. Im in talks with the Dunkirk Little ships restoration trust
but finding £200,000 which is needed to restore her is very hard as they want to know what exactly i intend to do with her if restoration was to take
Sadly there is not enough done to save old vessels like these and too much money wasted elsewhere.
Here are 2 photographs i took of her in drydock last week looking sad:
Here she is in 1989 under my fathers ownership looking very proud
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To compare the photo of her now is heart breaking for me to look at. Its so sad to see an elegant boat left to rott like that.
To be honest time i getting on and im worried she will be scrapped in the next month or so. I have a trust backing me but they wont do anything before a group
or someone comes forward to say they will take her on once she is restored and operate her etc. I am working on it, i have somebody in mind who operates
passenger boats on the upper Thames.
Her hull is solid teak and most of it in pretty good nick, the major work is on her saloon which is totally rotten and needs a rebuild. Her teak decking is
quite poor in places but majority not too bad. Her stern area needs the most work oveall, it was getting that way in 1994 when my dad sold her, he replaced
lots of teak planks back then,so she would be worse now.
Im keeping my fingers crossed i can save her. Hurry up and win that lotto!
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A great bit of footage indeed, i too keep watching it. The steamers were indeed like River Buses, but i assume if you got on the boat at a lock and there
was no ticket box,then you could buy tickets onboard. I will ask Keith French about this,see what he has to say,im sure he can tell us.
The two crew members standing on the boat as it enters the lock are the 'Mate' and the 'Boy (deckhand)' . The mate has the rope in his
hands and i think they were just having a laugh and trying to muck about on film.
The snippets of film im told were from a salters film called "Sweet Thames runs softly".
The boat in the film as it enters the lock is the Cliveden,my favourite of all Salter Brothers vessels. Sadly it was withdrawn in 1994 from service due to
modern safetly standards and has never gone back in the water. Its locked away in Salters Slipway being kept in good condition but no work carried out sadly.
I hope she comes back shes a lovely boat.
Here are 3 of my favourite photos of her:
The last one shows her at Henley , her last few years in service
Ive never tried to transfer an old tape to VHS then to DVD. I know you can buy units that let you copy VHS to DVD but not sure how they work without using
I have seen some sights such as this offering to do it for you but not sure how trustworthy they are : http://www.transfervideo.co.uk/
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