TSS Dover

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Tuxedo Royal by Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough - geograph.org.uk - 105071.jpg
TSS Dover, as the Tuxedo Royale, in Middlesbrough dock, England, in 2004
Name: Dover
Port of registry: United Kingdom
Yard number: 2013[1]
Launched: 17 March 1965[1]
Completed: June 1965[1]
Identification:IMO number6510784[1]
Name: Earl Siward
Namesake: Siward, Earl of Northumbria
Name: Sol Express
Name: Tuxedo Royale
Fate: Damaged by fire in 2017, scrapped in 2018
General characteristics
Type: RORO ferry
Tonnage: 3,602 GT[1]
  • 112.5 m (369 ft) (overall)[1]
  • 105.6 m (346 ft) LPP[1]
Beam: 17.4 m (57 ft)[1]
Installed power: Steam Turbines[1]
Propulsion: Twin screws[1]
Speed: 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h)[1]
Capacity: 820 DWT[1]

TSS Dover, (later the Earl Siward, Sol Express and now the Tuxedo Royale), is a British retired ferry. Built in 1965 as a roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ferry, she spent much of her later life as one of the permanently moored Tuxedo floating nightclubs before being laid up, latterly on the River Tees in Middlesbrough.

TSS Dover was built on the River Tyne in England by Swan Hunter in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear. She was launched on 17 March 1965 and completed by June 1965. In 1977 she was renamed Earl Siward, and again in 1982 as the Sol Express. In 1993 she became the nightclub the Tuxedo Royale.[1]

Entered the National Historic ships register in 2016 and spent a period waiting to be restored by the Tuxedo Royale Restoration project.

On 1 June 2017 Tuxedo Royale was badly damaged by fire.[2]

On 18 January 2018 Able UK announced that seven years after the owners went into administration, and with the lack of "any credible plans to move and restore the ship" the dismantling had begun.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Dover (6510784)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Tuxedo Royale: Blaze tackled on old floating nightclub". BBC News. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Goodbye Tuxedo Royale: Rusting party boat is finally being dismantled in Middlesbrough Dock". 18 January 2018.

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