OK, here’s a few more of the PS Ryde in the Isle Of Wight. I’d like to have taken a longer, closer look, but that just wasn’t possible in the circumstances unfortunately.
The hull is in a terrible state. Note that it’s rusted through in places – mind you the ship was built in the 1930’s so is older than the Duke Of Lancaster which is also beached.
The chimney now lies on the dock alongside the ship. The steam engines are apparently still onboard the ship, and their preservation has been mooted, even if the rest of the ship is scrapped.
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That is some serious decay!
There’s something quite moving in these shots. Compelling.
Thanks, it’s sad to see old ships like this in such a state. Many people will have happy memories of it as it took them across the Solent for their holidays.