Royal Wreck

Royal Wreck

To celebrate World Maritime Day this week, Maritime Radio took to the water, with live reports from the River Thames.

We reported on the former Mersey Ferry, The Royal Iris, which lies wrecked near to the Thames Barrier.

Royal Iris Woolwich

Before being taken out of service, the Royal Iris was a fixture on Merseyside for around 40 years, with a stage, a dance-floor and cocktail bar.

Many acts from the Merseybeat scene, including The Beatles, performed aboard the vessel during river cruises in the 1960s.

Martin Garside, from The Port of London Authority, which works to protect the River Thames and its users, said that although her condition is worsening the boat is not sinking as pictures appear to show.

The rusting vessel is taking on water at high tide, but because the river beneath her is shallow she is unlikely to sink whilst she remains secured in her current position.

The people Liverpool are trying to get the Royal Iris back to her home waters.