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Tattershall Castle, London
Tattershall Castle, Permanently Moored Ship, River Thames, Victoria Embankment, London
PS Tattershall Castle, Moored Ship, River Thames, Victoria Embankment, London
The PS Tattershall Castle, a coal burning steamer, is now moored on the River Thames at the Embankment, and is used as a floating pub and restaurant. It was recently refitted at a cost of several million pounds.
PS stands for Paddle Steamer - A paddle steamer is a ship or boat driven by a steam engine that uses one or more paddle wheels to develop thrust for propulsion. It is also a type of steamboat. Boats with paddle wheels on the sides are termed sidewheelers. The PS Tattershall Castle has two paddle wheels and eight floats.
The PS Tattershall Castle was built in 1934 as a passenger ferry to carry up to 942 passengers on the River Humber between Kingston upon Hull and New Holland.
PS Tattershall Castle found service as a tether for barrage balloons during the Second World War. In 1981 , after long service as a passenger and goods ferry, the ship was towed to London. The opening of the Humber Bridge made the ferry service, said to have existed since at least Roman times, redundant.
A sister ship to PS Tattershall Castle also launched in 1934, the PS Wingfield Castle, is preserved at Hartlepool's Maritime Experience.
PS Tattershall Castle is owned by Scottish & Newcastle (Brewery) Retail.
The steel hull was built in 1934 by William Gray & Co. Ltd. at Hartlepool, a North Sea port in North East England. It is within the unitary authority area of the Borough of Hartlepool, for ceremonial purposes part of County Durham.