Wirral businessman’s bid to save Liverpool's Royal Iris
A BUSINESSMAN has revealed he is in negotiations with the owner of the Royal Iris to buy the much-loved historic former ferry.
Known as the “fish and chip” boat, the Royal Iris has lain derelict on the Thames for the last eight years.
The ECHO revealed how she had become flooded on high tides and was in a sorry state.
But the Wirral businessman – who wishes to remain anonymous while negotiations continue – said he hoped to bring the boat back to the Mersey.
He said: “It is not a selfish thing and if others want to become involved they are welcome – but I have spent several years trying to convince the owner of the Royal Iris to sell her to me.
“I visited her again last week and some people had actually repaired the hull so she does not take on water during the high tides.
“As far as I know, they have not been paid for the work, but just did it because they had heard about the state of the vessel.
“Structurally, internally, she is relatively sound, but externally the years have taken their toll.
“I have had quotes for repairing her and towing her to the Mersey, and there are others who would help in this.”
He said if the Royal Iris can be brought back, he hopes to set up a not-for-profit organisation to oversee repairing the boat and allowing her to cruise the Mersey again.
The one-time Mersey ferry is in a perilous state on a mud bank in the Thames and had been taking in water.http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/live...-liverpool-s-royal-iris-100252-25875454/