Bristol Ferry Boats
Bristol Ferry Boats, formerly known as the Bristol Ferry Boat Company, operates water bus services on Bristol Harbour in the centre of the English city of Bristol. Services operate for the leisure market to and from both the city centre and Bristol Temple Meads railway station, and serve 15 landing stages throughout the length of the harbour. Services are provided by a fleet of yellow and blue painted ferry boats.
City Docks Ventures, a non-profit making conservation group in Bristol, started a Ferry service in 1977, with the first of the ferry boats "Margaret" which had worked on the Avon between Pill and Shirehampton. In 1978 the Ferry service became a proper business, and later added the ferry boat "Independence". In November 2012, the Bristol Ferry Boat Company went out of business.
In January 2013, a new community interest company was established to run the ferry service. Managed by the original owners, the new company aimed to establish a full scheduled service by the early spring of 2013.
Landing stages served
The Bristol Ferry Boat serves the following landing stages:
- City Centre (for the city centre, Bristol Cathedral and Watershed Arts Centre)
- Millennium Square (for At-Bristol)
- Princes Street Bridge (for the Arnolfini Art Gallery, Bristol Harbour Railway and Industrial Museum)
- Gas Ferry North
- SS Great Britain (for the preserved steamship SS Great Britain)
- Bristol Marina
- Hotwells-Pumphouse (for Hotwells)
- Hotwells-The Nova Scotia
- Hotwells-The Cottage
- Welsh Back
- Redcliffe Back
- Bristol Bridge
- Castle Park (for the Broadmead shopping centre)
- Temple Quay (for Bristol Temple Meads railway station)
- Bathurst Basin
The fleet of the Bristol Ferry Boat Company includes the following vessels:
- Brigantia - Purpose built in 2006 for work on the Bristol Ferry.
- Emily - Built in the mid-1920s and has been in service in Bristol since 1992, carrying up to 45 passengers.
- Independence - Built in 1926 and has been in service in Bristol since 1981, carrying up to 45 passengers.
- Margaret - Built in 1952 and has been in service in Bristol since 1977, carrying up to 25 passengers.
- Matilda - Purpose built for work on the Bristol Ferry, carries up to 45 passengers.
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