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Tuxedo Royale December 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by BoroLad, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. BoroLad

    BoroLad 28DL Regular User
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    Finally round to posting this report almost a year after the explore!

    Visited with @The Amateur Wanderer

    A little bit of history on the Tuxedo Royale.

    It started life as the TSS Dover in March 1965 where she was launched from Swan Hunter Ship Yard in Wallsend, Tyne & Wear. She was used for 11 years by British Rail as a Roll on Roll off Car Ferry on several routes. During the time with British Rail it was re named Earl Siward in July 1977. In November 1981 she was sold to Sol Ferries Ltd in Cyprus ware she received the name Sol Express. In 1983 after a major turbine failure she was laid up in Limassol till 1986 when she was sold to the Quadrini Group. Then in March that year she was towed all the Way to Newcastle ware she underwent a refit to become the floating casino/restaurant/night club and re named the Tuxedo Royale that most people come to know her by. She was situated under the Tyne Bridge from 1986 to 1993 when she was replaced by the Tuxedo Princess and the Tuxedo Royale was moved to Middlesbrough. The Tuxedo spent 13 years in Middlesbrough Dock until she was moved over to Able UK TERRC, Seaton Port to make way for the Middlehaven Redevelopment in April 2006. Then in January 2009 she was moved to Able UK Central Quay Middlesbrough. Between 2009 and 2011 the ship was a target for metal thieves stripping metal through the ship mainly from the Steam Turbine Engines on the lower decks. Due to this reckless vandalism the ship sunk to the bed of the Tees in May 2011. The ship still lies in this spot to this day listing at an angle due to the water the ship has taken on.

    Short history wrote myself and information gathered from Personal Pictures and the preservation website.
    www.tssdover.co.uk/

    Some pics I have taken between 2006 and 2015...

    Middlesbrough Dock Circa 2006
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    Able UK Central Quay Circa 2009
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    The afternoon she started sinking 5th May 2011
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    Viewed from the top of the Transporter in September 2015
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    Thanks for looking..
    BoroLad
     

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  2. The Amateur Wanderer

    The Amateur Wanderer 28DL Regular User
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    Looking good mate!

    Well, barring pic 9... :D
     
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  3. Coolboyslim

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    Like this really like the 28 shot. Bloody good stuff and see you got your history up. Nice work carry on with these sweet reports. New posts from boats and hospitals etc and no Camelot or latvian in site lol well done @BoroLad m8ty
     
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