PS Tattershall Castle

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Tattershall Castle
The PS Tattershall Castle located at Embankment in London
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Name: The Tattershall Castle
Namesake: Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire.
  • LNER (1934–1974)
  • Chef & Brewer (1982–2004) TCG (2005)
Ordered: 1934
Builder: William Gray & Company, Hartlepool, UK
Launched: 24 September 1934
Commissioned: 24 September 1934
Decommissioned: 1974
Status: Restaurant and bar moored on the River Thames
General characteristics
Type: Paddlesteamer
Tonnage: 556 GT
Length: 209 ft (64 m)
Beam: 56 ft (17 m) (including paddle box)
Propulsion: Triple expansion, diagonal stroke, reciprocating steam engine, 1200 ihp.
Speed: 12.0 knots (22.2 km/h; 13.8 mph)

The PS Tattershall Castle is now moored on the River Thames at the Embankment, and is used as a floating pub and restaurant.


The steamer was built by William Gray & Co. in 1934[1] as a passenger ferry on the River Humber for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). She plied a route between Corporation Pier in Kingston upon Hull and New Holland Pier Station, New Holland.[2]

During the Second World War she found service as a tether for barrage balloons and for troop transfer on the Humber estuary.[3] After the war, with the nationalisation of the railways in 1948, she became part of British Rail's Sealink service.

In 1973, after long service as a passenger and goods ferry, she was retired from service and laid up. In 1976 the ship was towed to London.[4] Repairs on the ship were deemed too costly and she was retired from service. The opening of the Humber Bridge made the ferry service, known to have existed since at least Roman times,[5] redundant.

PS Tattershall Castle was first opened on the Thames as a floating art gallery until her eventual disposal to the Chef and Brewer group. Before opening in 1982 as a restaurant,[6] she was sent to the Medway for further repairs.[1] Tattershall Castle returned temporarily to Hull for a refit at MMS Ship Repair in 2015, at a cost of several million pounds.[7][8]

A sister ship also launched in 1934, the PS Wingfield Castle, is preserved at Hartlepool's Maritime Experience.

A third similar Humber ferry, the PS Lincoln Castle, built in 1940, was scrapped in Autumn 2010.

Tattershall Castle in front of Whitehall Court.

Coordinates: 51°30′20″N 0°07′20″W / 51.5056°N 0.1222°W / 51.5056; -0.1222


  1. ^ a b "PS Tattershall Castle, London". The Heritage Trail, Maritime. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Catford, Nick; Dyson, Mark. "Hull Corporation Pier". Disused Stations. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tattershall Castle". This is Hartlepool. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Tattershall Castle". National Historic Ships. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  5. ^ 'Broomhill – Brougham', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 405–409. Date accessed: 25 March 2009.
  6. ^ "About us". Tattershall Castle. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Humber ferry the Tattershall Castle returning to Hull". Hull Daily Mail. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Former Humber ferry back in Hull". Hull Daily Mail. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 

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