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Online Twynkle

MV Royal Iris
« on: Feb 07, 2010, 06:20 PM »
Sad news - The Royal Iris is flooded.
This wee ferry gave me my 8th birthday treat - we crossed The Mersey together, soon after she arrived!
'Banana Boat' watching from the Iris, from our bathroom window and from the Pier Head railway, these were the best of all childhood pastimes ever - well, almost!

Maritime matters report that she's 'rotting' on The Thames!
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« Last Edit: Feb 07, 2010, 06:29 PM by Twynkle »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Andrew Collier

Re: MV Royal Iris
« Reply #1 on: Feb 07, 2010, 07:11 PM »
Oh that is a shame, i've sailed past it many times where it is rotting and thought how good it would be to have it in service as a thames dinner/cruise boat....
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 25, 2020, 12:32 PM »
You showed a Pic of Qe2 in Liverpool next to a Ferry Royal Iris The real Royal Iris was like a Mini Cruise Ship for us as Kids in Liverpool She now rusting away in some dock in Wales and much has ben said to bring her back into Service, she was Green and inside all wood really nice

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Pics
« Reply #3 on: Jul 25, 2020, 12:59 PM »
There was a picture of The Royal Iris posted by Shipnshore for the May Photo Competition.  Was this the photo you were thinking about?

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Online Andy Holloway

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« Reply #4 on: Jul 25, 2020, 03:43 PM »
The original Mersey ferries, The Royal Iris and Royal Daffodil took part in the Raid on Zeebrugee on 23rd April 1918.
 Zeebrugge Raid
In 1918 Iris was requisitioned by the Royal Navy to take part in the Zeebrugge Raid, being renamed HMS Iris II. On St George's Day 23 April 1918, Iris along with another Mersey ferry, Daffodil, was towed across the English Channel to Zeebrugge by Vindictive. Embarked were four platoons - known as "A" Company (or "The Chatham Company") of the Fourth Battalion of Royal Marines, and a storming party of sailors - known as "D" Company - commanded by Major Eagles and Lieutenant Commander George Nicholson Bradford respectively. They were supported by two Vickers machine-gun sections and two Stokes mortar crews.[3]

When the ship neared the Zeebrugge Mole she cast the two ferries aside. Iris endeavoured to pull up to the mole under heavy fire in order to off-load the raiding parties which were on board. The first attempt failed as the grapple-hooks were not large enough. Two naval officers, Lieutenant Commander Bradford and Lieutenant Hawkings bravely climbed ashore and under heavy fire attempted to secure the ship. Both were killed and Bradford received a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Iris continued to sustain heavy fire and at one point a shell burst through the deck into an area where 56 marines were preparing to land. 49 were killed and the rest seriously injured.

After the war, a brass plaque, listing those who died aboard the Iris was mounted on the vessel. When she was decommissioned, the plaque was given to the Imperial War Museum collection.[4] [5]


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