The Royal Iris was a Wallasey Corporation ferry/cruise boat which entered service on the 28th April 1951, it was unique amongst the ferries, not only in its appearance, but it also had diesel electric propulsion (i.e. the propellors were turned by electric motors, with diesel generators providing the electricity at 1000 volts to the motors). She had both class III and class V certificates which allowed her to leave the river for short trips at sea.(although her passenger capacity was reduced from 2,296 to 1,000 when used at sea). The Royal Iris ran a farewell evening cruise on the 12th January 1991 and was put up for Sale
. She ran one final trip on the 21st Aril 1991 for the Zeebrugge raid commemoration. She was sold in November 1991 as a floating nightclub, but it didn't work out, and she has been left decaying in Woolwich ever since. Like the Manxman
, she should be returned to Merseyside but Peel Holdings, who own most of the docks have no place for Merseysides maritime History
in their plans.
The bus, which I was asking about, was converted to look like the Royal Iris as an advertisement for the cruises run by Wallasey Corporation.