|Photographer:||John Jones [View profile]||Title:||Clyde||Added:||Mar 27, 2006|
|Invicta Lines of Kent excursion vessel standing in as a replacement for the Tilbury to Gravesend ferry on 5/5/90.
There were some magnificent vessels to be utilised in the absence of the regular ferries during times of overhaul in those and earlier days, the most desirable of which (to my mind at least) must have been Alexandra Towing's tug Vanquisher, which had a passenger certificate to enable her to carry firemen when needed. Never did it though as the crossing was 'too expensive'. A roll of 35mm film had to be conserved in those times which has resulted in many treasures being missed. Ho hum.
And detailed info kindly provided by Immen:
1960 -14/12: Launched by "A. & J. Inglis Ltd" at Pointhouse, Glasgow (GBR) (YN 1643P)
1961: delivered to "Clyde Navigation Trust" (GBR)
1966: transferred to the newly formed "Clyde Port Authority" (GBR)
1973: (spring) sold to D. Maclean at Ullapool (GBR)
1973 -xx/10: sold to W. Kennedy of Kyle (GBR), and used for day trips out of Portree, and tendering to cruise ships
1984 -xx/10: To "Medway Invicta Line Cruises" at Chatham (GBR)
1993: spotted in Gambia
19xx: To "Marine Service SL" at Las Palmas (Gran Canaria, ESP)
19xx: passenger accommodation stripped
1997: spotted in derilict state in Las Palmas (Gran Canaria, ESP)
2004: still in existence, spotted reconditioned