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Fall From Grace

By Minty805
The once proud paddle steamer Ryde Queen lies rotting away by the banks of the River Medina, between Ryde and Cowes, on the Isle of Wight.

She was built on the River Clyde for Southern Railways for the princely sum of 46,000, and launched in 1937. As PS Ryde, she entered service as a ferry between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde. But, with the outbreak of the Second World War, she was requisitioned by the Royal Navy and renamed HMS Ryde. Initially, she was used as a minesweeper, but saw service at Dunkirk and took American troops to beaches of Normandy.

After the war, she returned to her ferry role, but was replaced by more modern ferries in 1969. The next year, she was bought for use as a floating nightclub, renamed Ryde Queen and took up station alongside the Medway Queen at Binfield Marina, on the Isle of Wight. When the Medway Queen was taken away for restoration in 1984, Ryde Queen carried on rocking the nights away for Island youngsters until the late 1980s.

Since then, time and tide has taken its toll, to the extent that she now presents a very sad image, seen here. I debated whether to show the colour or mono image, but settled for the mono as I felt the starkness of black and white better suited the nature of the picture. I will put the colour picture up as a version, and would be interested to hear how others might have treated it or whether you prefer the colour image.

Thank you for looking.


Tags: Photo journalism Travel General Black and white Shipping Nostalgia

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13 Feb 2018 11:04AM
Nice work GrinGrinGrinGrin

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13 Feb 2018 12:47PM
Great shot. Mono works best for me.
13 Feb 2018 1:07PM
mono tells the story better, imho
13 Feb 2018 2:55PM
Wonderful story and this looks amazing viewed large.

13 Feb 2018 3:19PM
A sad old lady whose history will hopefully go on with pictures such as yours. GrinGrin
Stunning maritime capture.
The lead is my fave..
Fascinating narrative - thanks for sharingSmileSmile
pks 14 2 England
13 Feb 2018 6:32PM
like them both

Interesting capture Allan, both versions work equally well for me. Informative narrative too.

13 Feb 2018 9:25PM
I crossed to the IOW on that ship more than once !
Great photo
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2018 10:33AM
Amazing "boatabilia" shots...
Excellent photography
Isabel GrinGrin

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