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Report - Tuxedo Royale, Middlesbrough, August 2014


stranton

subterranean explorer
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TSS Dover 1965 - 1977
Earl Siwood 1977 - 1982
Sol Express 1982 - 1993
Tuxedo Royale 1993 - now

The Tuxedo Royale is an ex,
Roll On Roll Off (RORO) car ferry 1965 - 1993.
Built by Swan Hunters and launched in 1965,
169 feet long by 57 feet wide (beam) with a tare weight of 3602 tons.
Power was by twin screw, steam turbines
with a maximum speed of 19.5 knots.
The Tuxedo Royale, became a night club 1993 - 2005.
Been based at Middlehaven, Middlesbrough (although went north for a brief time).
The vessel is currently at the redundant Able UK yard,
rusting and worse for wear having been stripped by pikies or trashed by chavs.
The vessel is listing and has sunk resting on the bottom,
fills with water as the tide rises or falls.

Access too the Vessel was difficult, requiring certain techniques
Secca pass twice with dogs so had too hide but no problems.
Once down below decks,
the ceilings and walls show marks from water while the floor is full of sludge
theres a stench of stagnant water and the sound of rushing water through a breach in the hull
this gives an eerie feeling as if Your on the Titanic. :eek:
While I was on the vessel, water rose by at least 2 metres
thinking I was there before now its below water. :eek:
The vessels fate remains uncertain,
although ideas have been put forward.

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bow
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starboard (right) and port (left)
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stern
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bridge
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Lounges or bars
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below decks (Titanic scenes)
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showing the submerged Vessel
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stranton
 
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Horus

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28DL Full Member
The metal thieves are certainly keener than security and they have been busy since we were there three years ago.
It probably why the security cant be arsed anymore, the only thing that remains to make money by weighing in is the boat itself.

The rumors was that Port Of Dover where interested in buying the Tuxedo and restore it to use as a tourist attraction as it was the last turbine ship to be built in Newcastle 1965, unfortunately that looks like its failed to produce.

Recently its gained more interest from Terry Owens who wants to restore it and use it as a training center for young shipbuilding engineers.

This is still going on...

But I don't feel this will be of any use for young ship engineers as it will need more of an act of God to get this back to a decent standard.

This is what I remember it looking like when I used to go on it when it was a nightclub.. it's rather sad to watch what a stunning ship it was to what it is now, just a complete waste of beauty

[video=youtube;iIgBt1hjDKc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIgBt1hjDKc[/video]
 

Marsden1002

Love it!
28DL Full Member
Great photos. Sad to see what it's gone like . . .
 

Punk

Irregular Member
Regular User
Looks a good explore. Nice to see this, change from the norm. :thumb
 

TerryO

28DL Member
28DL Member
We are working hard to try to make a difference and gaining a lot of support. We do need the public behind us.

Terry Owens
 

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