Historic ferry at risk of deconstruction

The 'Egremont' is at risk of deconstruction Photo: Egremont Trust The 'Egremont' is at risk of deconstruction Photo: Egremont Trust

Sharpness Shipyard,Gloucester, in conjunction with the Egremont Trust, has announced its intention to begin deconstruction of a historic Mersey ferry unless an alternative solution is put forward.

The Egremont was launched in 1951 and was built by Dartmouth shipbuilder Philip & Sons to provide a vital link between the Wirral and Liverpool. Her hull is characteristic of her origins and her design reflects her passenger carrying and sea-worthy qualities. She spent her later life as a club ship and training vessel in Salcombe in Devon.

The ferry was moved to Sharpness Shipyard in late 2016 for repairs and conservation work before funding ceased. The hull is largely finished and the remainder of the ship has been stripped out pending a confirmed end use.

As a sizeable vessel and part-completed project, Egremont could be re-purposed as a venue for watersports training, hotel accommodation, function/exhibition space, or a restaurant facility.  With only limited draught, she is ideally suited to a natural harbour or estuary.

Records for this vessel are held by the Egremont Trust and Dartmouth Museum. If deconstruction goes ahead, a formal entry will be created for the ship on the National Archive of Historic Vessels and held, in perpetuity, by National Historic Ships UK.

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