A historic passenger ferry which has been serving customers since 1908 is looking for a good local home.
The open wooden boat has most recently served as a ‘back-up’ to the Teignmouth to Shaldon passenger ferry in South Devon, but has now reached an age and condition where it can’t meet the rigorous standards required to carry paying passengers. It is, however, still usable for sailors looking for an unusual, historic vessel suitable for casual use, or alternatively could make a great exhibit for a maritime museum.
The hunt for a home is underway as Teignbridge District Council, the boat’s current owner, has launched a tender process for the vessel in the hope of finding it an appropriate home. It is hoped that a local group may take it on, preserving its historic local importance. Community groups, private buyers and local organisations are all welcome to bid for the vessel, with applications welcome before noon on Wednesday, July 7.
The vessel is the smaller of the two ferries used until recently for the Teignmouth to Shaldon ferry service. Launched in 1908, the ferry was built at the Cremel yard in Plymouth for a cost of £27.11s.3d. Originally owned by the Teignmouth Bridge Company, the ferry company was purchased in 1948 by Devon County Council. It later transferred ownership to Teignmouth Urban Council and then to Teignbridge District Council when it was formed in 1974.
Anybody who’d like more information about the ferry and the tender opportunity can contact the council on [email protected] or call 01626 215609. Written applications should be sent to: Tender for Teign ferry, Economy and Regeneration, Teignbridge Council, Forde House, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX.
• New operator Greg Allen has signed a 15-year lease to run the much-valued local service, and has also purchased a suitable back-up vessel to make sure that the service runs smoothly.
(from a press release)