mARGARET

Brought to Bristol in 1977 and still here today, Margaret is the original Yellow And Blue Ferry Boat.

Bristol Ferry Boat Margaret

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Facilities

  • 25 person capacity for private charters
  • 28 person capacity for day ferry
  • Canopy offers shelter the midships section
  • Open bow section
  • Lots of fun


History

  • Built in 1952 by the famous Hinks of Appledore, North Devon to replace a passenger launch wrecked along with 9 others in the devastating Lynmouth flood of August 1952
  • Originally used to transport passengers from the North Devon Beach to the pleasure steamers anchored offshore
  • Her sister ship 'Donald' now operates as a ferry out of Lynmouth
  • The same boatyard had famously built replicas of Sir Francis Drakes Golden Hinde and the Nonsuch which was the first trading ship of the Hudson Bay Company
  • As the pleasure steamer trade declined Margaret made her way to the River Avon where she became one of the Lamplighter / Pill ferries taking dock workers across the river between Shirehampton and Pill
  • The Avonmouth Motorway Bridge opened in the early 70's and Margaret was in danger of being left to rot on the mud
  • As the potential for a revived passenger ferry service in Bristol was realised she was bought by the City Docks Venturers in 1977 - rescued and renovated she became the first of Bristol's famous Yellow and Blue Ferry Boats
  • She was featured on a postage stamp in the early 1980's
  • In 2005 she was given a new engine and in 2008 a new keel so she should be good for another 50 years - a true West Country survivor with a fascinating working history