PS Tattershall Castle

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Tattershall Castle
The PS Tattershall Castle located at Embankment in London
Career (UK) Red Ensign (UK)
Name: The Tattershall Castle
Namesake: Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire.
Owner: LNER (1934–1974)
Chef & Brewer (1982–2004) TCG (2005)
Route: River Humber crossing (1934–1974)
River Thames (1981-present)
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. It was recently[when?] refitted at a cost of several million pounds.

The steamer was built by William Gray & Co. in 1934 as a passenger ferry on the River Humber between Kingston upon Hull and New Holland. It found service as a tether for barrage balloons during the Second World War. In 1981, after long service as a passenger and goods ferry, the ship was towed to London. The opening of the Humber Bridge made the ferry service, known to have existed since at least Roman times,[1] redundant.

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. ^ 'Broomhill - Brougham', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 405-409. Date accessed: 25 March 2009.

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