Paddle Steamer Ryde (Ryde Queen): Then and now (photo gallery)

The future of this former nightclub, WWII minesweeper and anti aircraft vessel is in doubt as planning permission for it to remain runs out in the summer. Before she goes, Roger J Millward shares this wonderful gallery of photos.

PS Ryde now and then

Our thanks to Isle of Wight photographer, Roger J Millward, for sharing this wonderful collection of images of the PS Ryde – aka the Ryde Queen.

If you look closely at the reflection in the image above, you can see how Roger shows the Ryde Queen then and now. We love it.

Fascinating life
This one time excursion steamer was used during WWII as a minesweeper and anti aircraft vessel around the UK, as well as on the beaches of Normandy and at Omaha.

She continued as a excursion steamer up until 1970, then becoming a nightclub, but sadly falling into disrepair by the mid-nineties.

As the years have gone by, the former glory has deteriorated further and further and her future is looking even more bleak now as planning permission for her to remain on the land expires in August.

Photo gallery
If you haven’t been along the River Medina recently, click through these wonderful photos by Roger J Millward.

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PS Ryde by Roger J Millward
PS Ryde by Roger J Millward
PS Ryde by Roger J Millward
PS Ryde by Roger J Millward
PS Ryde by Roger J Millward
PS Ryde by Roger J Millward
PS Ryde by Roger J Millward
PS Ryde by Roger J Millward
PS Ryde by Roger J Millward
PS Ryde by Roger J Millward
PS Ryde by Roger J Millward
PS Ryde by Roger J Millward
PS Ryde by Roger J Millward
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You can see more of Roger’s work on Flickr site. He has some wonderful shots from around the Isle of Wight.

Images: © Roger J Millward

Wednesday, 3rd May, 2017 8:57am

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  1. Would love to see this turned into a restoration project.
    This Would be a good project for the unemployed and the school leavers to work on and restore, this would allow them to gain valuable working practices, experience different skills and trades.
    I’m sure a few businesses would donate time and money to help restore this.
    Would also be a tourist attraction once complete

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