She’s on her way to Hull
We're going away for a few months' but we we'll be back following an extensive makeover after Easter.
The old girl has sailed away to a dry dock ‘up North’ where she will undergo some important structural work.
At the same time as we’re having a bit of nautical remodelling we will have a fabulous make over.
The Tattershall Castle was built by W. Gray & Co. in 1934 and was a vital passenger link across the Humber estuary ferrying passengers across the stretch of treacherous water between Hull and New Holland.
The paddle steamer made about eight trips a day carrying up to 1050 passengers in three compartments and on the deck.
Apart from her role as a passenger vessel, the Tattershall Castle had space on board for cars and livestock. Sheep, pigs, cattle and horses could all be tethered or penned for the 40-minute crossing.
More than 1,000,000 passengers were ferried during its 40 years of operation. During the war the Tattershall Castle was commandeered for a short period as a tethering vessel for barrage balloons on the Humber estuary. This role was very short lived. The transportation of the troops and vital munitions and supplies across the Humber proved far too important to allow the Tattershall Castle away from the estuary.
Wartime also saw the Tattershall Castle become the first civil vessel to carry radar. Her radar proved crucial on the foggy Humber. Just after the war during a routine crossing her radar picked up an unidentified floating object on the screen, on investigation the crew found part of one of Britain’s first oil rigs which had broken loose from its moorings during a storm.
After the war it carried on its business as a ferry until 1973 when urgent repair work was required for her boilers. This work was deemed too costly for her to carry on as a ferry and as a result the Tattershall Castle was retired from service.
Since 1981 the Tattershall Castle has been run as a bar & restaurant and has been considered one of the capital’s best venues and has become particularly famous as the destination of choice to celebrate New Year’s Eve due to being directly opposite the London Eye.
Although the boat is currently in dry dock for an extensive makeover we are still taking enquiries and bookings for when we are moored back on the thames. So get in contact by clicking the email address below and someone will be on hand to deal with any enquiries you may have.
Mooring location: Victoria Embankment, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HR
Win VIP invitation to the ‘Launch’ of the new Tattershall Castle. Click the email below and send your details to us to be entered in the competition
She’s on her way to Hull
How would you feel if someone took your funnel off?
Some people will go to any lengths to try and get in to the bar, but we are closed for a while I’m afraid.
It’s the first day on board for the crew who are preparing is for the journey to our temporary home.
A final look at the old girl before she goes off for her face lift!