Paddle Steamer "Ryde"

By Colin Holden

My father, Bob at the masthead during a refit.  The I.O.W. ferries made regular visits here until the mid 1960's.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'MARINE WORKSHOPS' page

Colin Holden.

This page was added by Colin Holden on 12/03/2008.
Comments about this page

Last I heard, this ship was rotting away on the river Medina, Isle of Wight.

By william Still
On 14/03/2008

To see how much of a shame it is William, have a look at her on the 2nd Febuary of this year on

Ps. get a tissue first.

By colin holden
On 19/03/2008

She looks a real sad sight now Colin

By William Still
On 28/11/2008

After seeing this photo of 'P.S. Ryde' it reminded me of the times as a kid I went on both this ship and her running mate 'P.S.Sandown' when we went to the Isle of Wight for a summer holiday back in the late 1950's early 1960's. Then you could stand just inside a door near the paddle wheels and see the pistons and cranks of these classic last paddle steamers being run by the then British Railway Shipping in all their glory ( goodness knows what HSE would have done in those times as I'm sure it would of be off limits today! ). Anyway these ships sailed into history in the 1970's as their era and new corprate livery did not suit them.

By Chris Young
On 27/03/2009

The livery shows that this is pre 1965, but I think it's the refit where she was fitted with radar. The museum has the date for this, I think, so I'll try to find it.

By Andy Gilbert
On 01/04/2009

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