The Duke of Lancaster was a railway steamer passenger ship that operated in Europe from 1956 to 1979, and is currently beached near Mostyn Docks, on the River Dee, north-east Wales.
The Lancaster was sold to Liverpool based company Empirewise Ltd, who intended her to be used as a static leisure centre and market. She arrived at her new home at Llanerch-y-Mor, near Mostyn, on 10 August 1979. The ship was brought into a permanent dock and the hull was sealed — not in concrete, as is commonly thought, but surrounded by a large tonnage of sand pulled out of the Dee estuary. Known as “The Fun Ship”, it was also possible to visit her bridge and engine room. Conversion for use as a 300-room hotel did not appear to go beyond the preliminary planning stage. Its use as “The Fun Ship” was relatively short-lived and it was subsequently closed to the public because access to the ship is via a bridge under the North Wales railway line, which is too low for emergency vehicles. Over time, the vessel has become increasingly derelict. The ship was later used as a warehouse by its owners Solitaire Liverpool Ltd, a clothing company registered to the same address as Empirewise Ltd. Despite rumours that the ship would be scrapped, the company stated that they have no plans either to sell it or to restore it and its current use is uncertain. Despite having large amounts of its exterior paintwork covered in rust, the interior of the ship is in good condition. It was featured in the 2011 series of BBC2’s Coast. (Wikipedia)

Taken from the Public Footpath which runs along the side the the Duke
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  • Adrian Evans
    Adrian Evansalmost 2 years ago

  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 2 years ago

    Really interesting story Adrian. I am a big fan of urban art as you call it. Sad the plans did not go forward for this beauty. Wonderful capture

  • Thank you very much Donna, always appreciated

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  • torjoh
    torjohalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent work!

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  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibalmost 2 years ago

    Great find and history Adrian. Superb work!

  • Thank you very much Arfan, appreciated

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  • berndt2
    berndt2almost 2 years ago

    really cool shot!

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  • Nicole W.
    Nicole W.almost 2 years ago
  • Thank you very much Nicole for the wonderful Feature, appreciated

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  • savosave
    savosavealmost 2 years ago

    Great find!

  • Thank you David

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  • fernblacker
    fernblackerover 1 year ago

    What a fabulous find. The details were so well captured here!!

  • thank you very much Fern, apologise for the delay :)

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  • aprilann
    aprilannover 1 year ago


  • Thank you very much April for the lovely Feature, greatly appreciated

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  • DragonArmy
    DragonArmyabout 1 year ago

    Abandoned boat + graffiti = the best thing ever. Thanks for the photo.

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