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The Fun Ship


Way back in 1979, a former Sealink passenger ferry called the "Duke of Lancaster" was beached in North Wales with the intention of turning it into a floating leisure and retail complex.

The project never seemed to get of the ground and as such the ship has been  on the banks of the River Dee Llanerch-y-Mor, near Mostyn.

Built in 1956 she was designed to operate as both a passenger ferry (primarily on the Heysham to Belfast route) and as a cruise ship. mainly around Scotland and was one of the finest vessels of this type in it's time. However car carrying on ferries became more and more important and, although converted to a car ferry she lasted a few short years until sold off in 1979.

It became known as the Fun Ship when it opened but it's life was short lived and is now sealed up and left to gently decay with no known plans for it.


The Fun Ship


Way back in 1979, a former Sealink passenger ferry called the "Duke of Lancaster" was beached in North Wales with the intention of turning it into a floating leisure and retail complex.

The project never seemed to get of the ground and as such the ship has been  on the banks of the River Dee Llanerch-y-Mor, near Mostyn.

Built in 1956 she was designed to operate as both a passenger ferry (primarily on the Heysham to Belfast route) and as a cruise ship. mainly around Scotland and was one of the finest vessels of this type in it's time. However car carrying on ferries became more and more important and, although converted to a car ferry she lasted a few short years until sold off in 1979.

It became known as the Fun Ship when it opened but it's life was short lived and is now sealed up and left to gently decay with no known plans for it.


comments (15)

  • blackdog
  • Ghost Train
  • 28 Apr 2010, 01:49
This is a great find Les, what a sad and tragic end to her days, especially bearing such a grand name.
Les Auld: It is indeed Mike, a result perhaps of great ideas but little ability. Thanks for the comment.
Great find indeed. I like the color treatment too.
Les Auld: Thanks for the comment, appreciate it.
  • Ginnie
  • in Atlanta right now!
  • 28 Apr 2010, 02:31
That is downright pitiful, Les...but a fabulous portrait of her demise. So sad.
Les Auld: Could have been so good Ginnie, but then it could be a result of big ideas but little ability. Thanks for the comment.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 28 Apr 2010, 03:34
That's very sad. I hate to see anything just go to waste.

(way back in 1979) I like that smile
Les Auld: A result of big ideas but not the ability to put them together Sherri, thanks for the comment.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 28 Apr 2010, 04:32
Very sad end to a fine looking ship, Les. This is a great shot of it. I love the contrast and the power in the rusty colors.
Les Auld: Thanks Alex, it is a photograph I have long wanted to take and finally managed it, with good weather to help as well.
truly a ghost ship. this is a really amazing capture.
Les Auld: I can just see the ghostly passengers dis-embarking Charles, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Apr 2010, 07:08
Poor old thing: it all looks very sad Les
Les Auld: But also dignified Chris, thanks for the comment.
There must be thousands of ships with that story strewn around the globe.
Les Auld: There probably are David, wouldn't mind finding a few more to photograph, Thanks for the comment.
I seem to racll seeing this on my travels ...makes a great picture
Les Auld: It does so Bill, thanks for the comment.
Thanks for the info' on this Les..Hard to believe its just going to be left there..Good picture though.
Les Auld: One day it may change Ron, thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Apr 2010, 16:38
It should have a good scrap value. Great picture.
Les Auld: But would cost a lot to scrap it there Louis, thanks for the comment.
Didn't they do something like this with the old Queen Mary or was it the Queen Elizabeth and birth it in Florida or was it somewhere in Australia ... (damn memory )

But I don't think you would see rusting on the sides of those beauties.

Fascinating image Les and shame that it has just been left.

richard
Les Auld: Certainly one of the Queens went somewhere and suffered some, I think it was Hong Kong and it starred in a James Bond film as well. Or maybe not!

Thanks for the comment.
I recognise this as the latest chadcruises liner.
Les Auld: An ideal place for it to sail from Chad, beyond the railway lines and you have to bend double to get to it. Thanks for the comment.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Apr 2010, 18:49
How very sad, Les. She has some lovely lines and far more pleasing to the eye than the huge floating blocks of flats we have in Southampton moist days at our cruise terminals. It must have been very difficult to convert her to a car ferry.
Les Auld: The difficulty added to the demise I think Alan, but it does have such graceful lines. Thanks for the comment.
What a sad way for a ship to end up.
Les Auld: Especially one that does look so good Brian, thanks for the comment.

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