Oh Ballochs!!

SONAR-BENDER

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Bob, I gave you a like for the title - very clever!

As a sprog, I went on trips on 'The Maid' frequently. It has been very sad seeing her lying there at Lomond Shores all these years. I hope they get her burning and turning again.
 
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@SONAR-BENDER She always struck me as a Hospital Ship when rigged & running in her old livery.

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A trip on any paddle steamer is an experience all weans enjoy & remember, WAVERLEY will be along the South Coast again this Summer so I'll be aiming to get the Grandbrats aboard for a 'must do' trip.

Paddle splashers used to run regular services to/from the South Island, usually giving the end of S Parade Pier a hefty nudge or two on their circuits.

Here are a couple of shots of the RYDE, at her prime before becoming a permanently sad fixture on the mud up the river Medway, I of W.

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Only last November the BBC reported that restoration plans are afoot. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-46385127

Whilst nice to know breath is not being held..,
 

WreckerL

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How many of you remember the paddle tug RMAS Forceful in Guzz "back in the day"
 

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MIA
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The paddlers were part of the regular service to the IoW early 60's, spent many an afternoon going backwards and forwards as the bar was open when not alongside. Also remember the Forceful. Waverley visits Weymouth most years.
 

Dusty70

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Weren't they the most powerful tugs in the world at the time ?

Couple in Guzz and in Pompey for the Carriers, Vanguard, Lion and Tiger etc ?
 

Sumo

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Weren't they the most powerful tugs in the world at the time ?

Couple in Guzz and in Pompey for the Carriers, Vanguard, Lion and Tiger etc ?
There goes my dyslexic head, I didn't see powerful, I thought I saw beautiful, and thought everyone to their own :)
 

Dusty70

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courtesy of RFA website



RMAS FORCEFULFrom Mark C. Last paddle tug used by the Admiralty in Portsmouth, withdrawn from service in 1981 to be replaced by RMAS Adept (TUTT - twin unit tractor tug). Director class, built in the late 50's to work alongside Aircraft carriers, were diesel/electric and had independent paddles.
1957 from builder to Portsmouth under CD. 10.11.81 transferred to DNAW as a missile target at Aberporth Range.

And phots of the rest

http://rfanostalgia.org/gallery3/index.php/RMAS/Tugs/Director
 

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