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Bridlington Queen was built at East Molesley, Surrey, in 1947, and started cruising from Bridlington later that year. She was 19.6m long, and weighed 26 tons. She had twin Dorman engines which were later replaced by twin Lister Blackstones. She could carry 146 passengers.
On 17th July 1966, Bridlington Queen had an unfortunate mishap.
She had just left the harbour for her first trip of the day, when she hit a submerged rock on the canch and went down by the stern. The Queen sank until the stern was on the bottom in about five feet of water. The canch is a small sandbank just outside the harbour mouth.
Passengers stepped clamly from the Queen into ferryboats which had been brought out of the harbour, no-one even getting their feet wet. Mr Arthur Jenkinson, one of the owners of the speedboat 007, towed a string of ferryboats to the Queen when he saw she was sinking.
Skin-divers went beneath the Queen and used cushions from the 007 to close the hole in the ship's bottom. Pumps were then used to empty the vessel and she was towed back by the Boys' Own. One of the members of East Yorkshire Sub-Aqua Club, Mr Ken Ward, who provided this information, accompanied other divers who examined the vessel.
Mr Alf Wright was the owner of the Bridlington Queen at this time.
For a period at Bridlington she had a wooden finish but she ended her time here painted white.
In the late 1980s she was on the Tay as the Tay Queen, before travelling to Boscombe and Newcastle.
After languishing in Cromwell Lock in Nottingham in poor condition, she was towed to Goole and scrapped during 1995.
This information is from my book Any More For Sailing? published in 1996. Further information about Bridlington Queen can be seen in Bridlington Pleasure Boats by Frank Bull.
Article By Mike Wilson