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Bristol Ferry 17 September 2014

Bristol has a commuter ferry again. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

The old ferry service went bust at the end of 2012 and was bought out by a community group, and they seem keen to keep things small and sensible. The service runs every 20 or 40 minutes depending on season, and uses small boats, with a capacity of about 25 or 45 people. This keeps things informal and cheerful, which combined with being on the water makes this probably the most pleasant way to get round the middle of Bristol.

The sculpture on the Horned Bridge, which also serves as a counterweight when the bascule opens.

Out into the harbour.

MV Balmoral on Prince's Wharf, no longer sailing because of poor weather in recent years; the owners are trying to raise money for repair and re-certification.

Also on Prince's Wharf; I assume this is a new build, but it looks good.

Berthed boats along the harbour side.

Freond has the look of something that started as a terribly expensive yacht, but has now been lived in a bit, and is probably rather more comfortable.

The engine house of the old gasworks, I think. One of the few bits of the harbour edge that isn't crowded with expensive new houses.

SS Great Britain, first iron-hulled propeller-driven ocean liner.

The Revenge, apparently being built/converted by someone who doesn't really know much about ships; so he's done things like using house paint rather than marine paint, and added those strange windows along the sides. Still, it's a good name.

Unnamed bridge across the entrance to Poole's Wharf.

If you find yourself needing to get from place to place in Bristol, or just with an hour or two to spare, I strongly recommend Bristol Ferry Boats, a small-scale ferry service that seems to be getting it right.

Tags: real life

  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 11:56am on 17 September 2014

    The SS Great Britain is well worth a visit, even my mum enjoyed it so it's not all just technology.

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