WORK BEGINS TO SALVAGE PADDLE STEAMER RYDE
Work has begun to release 1937 Southern Railway paddle steamer Ryde from its resting place on the Isle of Wight and commence the long process of restoring it.
Lisa Turner, managing director of Cramlington‑based ship restoration firm Siward & Co, is in the final stages of negotiating with Island Harbour Marina near Newport to acquire the vessel, and expects to complete the purchase shortly.
Ms Turner told Steam Railway:
“A marine architect has carried out an initial survey to assess her condition. The survey showed, as we did initially fear, that she does contain high levels of asbestos, but her structure itself is still strong and we can remove her as we planned.
“We will need to dismantle the vessel and remove her mid‑section to enable us to remove her engines.
“We are starting talks with the local authorities for planning permission and to get all the licences we need before her removal, or before any work starts.”
A GoFundMe page, set up to raise £5,000 to pay for the licences, raised just over £1,000 in nine days. Said Ms Turner: “We’re grateful to everyone who has supported us so far. Work should start within seven months, as summer is preferable for her removal.”