According to the Heritage Boat Association, the steamer Ferry King was built in 1918 by Camper and Nicholson and operated by the Gosport and Portsea Steam Launch Association until 1955. It was then sold to the Solent Boating Company, fitted with a Gardner diesel and renamed Solent Queen. In 1985 it was sold to Waterford owners, renamed Crystal Rose and operated as a cruising bar and disco on the Barrow, Nore and Suir estuaries. Grounded and abandoned some time later, it was bought in 2005 and berthed at Ballinagoth Quay on the River Nore, where restoration work began.
On 18 April 2017, Kilkenny County Council published this notice:
Notice of Intention to Remove and Dispose of a Wreck situated at Ballinagoth Quay, Ballinagoth, County Kilkenny0
KILKENNY COUNTY COUNCIL
Section 52 Merchant Shipping (Salvage and Wreck) Act 1993
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO REMOVE AND DISPOSE OF A WRECK
Re:- “The Ferry King”, situated at Ballinagoth Quay, Ballinagoth, County Kilkenny.
WHEREAS: Kilkenny County Council is the local authority for the County of Kilkenny (hereinafter called “The Council”)
AND WHEREAS: There is located at Ballinagoth Quay, Ballinagoth, County Kilkenny a vessel known as “The Ferry King” (hereinafter called “the Wreck”) which the Council is of the view constitutes a wreck for the purpose of the Merchant Shipping (Salvage and Wreck) Act 1993 (hereinafter called “the Act”)
AND WHEREAS: The Council is of the opinion that the Wreck constitutes a threat of harm to the marine environment or to related interests (as defined in the Act)
NOW TAKE NOTICE that the Council, after the lapse of thirty days from the date of this Notice, intend to take, do the following:
- Take possession of the Wreck and remove the Wreck from Ballinagoth Quay,
- Sell or otherwise dispose of the Wreck,
- Retain out of the proceeds of sale the expenses incurred by the Council in relation to the removal of the Wreck.
Dated this 18th day of April 2017
For and on behalf of Kilkenny County Council
According to the Kilkenny People,
‘The Ferry King’ is in poor condition and has remained at the quay for more than a decade now. Local councillor Michael Doyle has raised the issue on a number of occasions, saying that the vessel had become unsightly, as well as a health and safety problem.
The article linked within that quotation did not mention either Ballinagoth or Ferry King, so it may be about a different vessel.
Update 22 June 2017
I asked Kilkenny County Council whether the vessel was actually removed 30 days after 18 April. I was told that letters have gone out today seeking tenders for its removal, so Ferry King is still there.
Update September 2017
By 8 August (see Ted’s comment below) Ferry King had been cut up and removed and
A steel structure has been placed at the river end of the inlet to prevent any other large vessel occupying the berth in which she lay.
Here are some photos courtesy of John Dimond, who owns the copyright on them [(c) John Dimond 2017].