'Vadne' - former Gosport ferry

'Vadne' - former Gosport ferry (82648)



Former Gosport ferry constructed from steel plates, fastened with rivets to a steel frame. Hull dimensions are 23.32 m long, 5.75 m wide, height to the sheer of 3.22 m. Much of the superstructure remains including the funnel and much of the wooden deck survives, particularly in the stern half of the vessel. Other surviving elements include; keel, floors, hull exterior, metal knees, guardrails, bulkheads, rudder and rubbing strakes at the bow (Beattie-Edwards 2011, 34).

NAS survey reference FL22 AHBR: 57876

Modern (1901 and later)
Period comments

Vadne was built in 1939 by Vosper of Portsmouth, the first of of the Portsmouth Harbour steam ferries to be built by that firm as a foot passenger ferry. The vessel worked for a short time for the Port of Portsmouth Steam Launch and Towing Company before being requisitioned by the Navy. The navy used Vadne as an examination vessel until 1943 when it was shipped out to Freetown, Sierra Leone to serve as a tender. It remained in West Africa for three years before being returned to its owners in 1946, continuing to serve as a ferry. In 1963 ownership of the Vadne, along with its three contemporaries (Vita, Venus and Vesta) passed to the newly formed Portsmouth Harbour ferry company. Vadne continued to be used at peak periods only until 1965, when it was sold to the Gosport Cruising Club as a floating clubhouse. Vadne continued in this role until 1981, when corrosion of the hull resulted in its sinking at its moorings (Beattie-Edwards & Satchell 2011, 34).

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Accessibility comments

Although the vessel may look relatively complete, attempts to gain access the interior of the vessel should not be made as much of the structure is heavily corroded and some planks are extremely rotten and therefore hazardous

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