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Royal Iris of the Mersey

The third ship in the Mersey Ferry fleet, and the flagship of the fleet, is the Royal Iris of the Mersey, seen here approaching the landing stage at the Pier Head in Liverpool.

The Royal Iris name has been in constant use since the First World War, but when the current vessel was renamed from the Mountwood in 1999 it had to be slightly different as the previous Royal Iris was still registered with Lloyds Register of Shipping and there cannot be two vesseles of the same name, hence the "of the Mersey" postfix.

Royal Iris of the Mersey

The third ship in the Mersey Ferry fleet, and the flagship of the fleet, is the Royal Iris of the Mersey, seen here approaching the landing stage at the Pier Head in Liverpool.

The Royal Iris name has been in constant use since the First World War, but when the current vessel was renamed from the Mountwood in 1999 it had to be slightly different as the previous Royal Iris was still registered with Lloyds Register of Shipping and there cannot be two vesseles of the same name, hence the "of the Mersey" postfix.

comments (3)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Uk
  • 7 Jul 2007, 20:24
Interesting read tongue

Suby
Les Auld: Thanks Suby, pleased that you liked it.
  • Ellie
  • 7 Jul 2007, 21:30
Looks like the owners had to make another name plate too, for the extra words wink

I'm enjoying this series Les, they bring back memories.
Les Auld: Thanks Ellie, hope the memories are good.
  • Alistair
  • www.digiphotology.com
  • 7 Jul 2007, 22:12
An other nostalgia jerker Les. Enjoying the series. Thanks for the memories. I seem to recall, the previous incarnation of the Royal Iris was a super modern design all enclosed at the front and with a huge lounge area. It was used for river cruises and dances and became known as the "Teddy Boys Fish and Chip Boat" built in 1950 I believe.
Here are a couple of links.
http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=13
http://www.merseyshipping.co.uk/photofeatures/historicships/royaliristhames0806/royaliristhames0806.htm
Les Auld: Glad you have enjoyed them Alistair, I remember the old party boat as well, up and down the Mersey with bands playing and people enjoying themselves, great days.

Mersey ferries still run special cruises in a similar style using their current fleet. It would be great if the Royal Iris could be brought back but somehow I don't think so.

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