The boat was towed away
Tuxedo Princess leaves the Tyne
Photos, video and memories as the famous floating nightclub leaves Tyneside.
It was the end of an era.
On Sunday 27 July 2008 the Tuxedo Princess was towed away from its mooring on the Gateshead Quayside.
The floating nightclub, famous for its revolving dance floor, had been an almost permanent fixture beneath the Tyne Bridge since the 1980s.
Passersby stopped their Sunday-morning strolls to watch the boat being manoeuvred under the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and onwards down the River Tyne.
Their reaction was mixed. One man told Radio Newcastle: "I think it's very nice to be able to see the bridges without the boat being there, it was becoming a bit of an eyesore."
Meanwhile others were more nostalgic. One onlooker said: "At one time it was the centre of Newcastle for the night life. I went on it many years ago. You get very sick on it [the revolving dance floor] if you've had too much to drink!"
Foggy conditions at the coast meant the boat was forced to stop overnight in North Shields before continuing its journey the next day.
It stopped overnight at North Shields
The boat is being taken to Greece, where it is expected it will continue to be an entertainment venue of some kind.
Back on Tyneside there are proposals for a £10m complex on its former site on the quayside.
Revolving dance floor
The Tuxedo princess was originally the TSS Caledonian Princess - a car ferry on the Stranraer-Larne link.
With only one set of doors for cars to enter and exit through there was a turntable on board to turn the vehicles around so they were facing the right way to disembark.
This turntable later became the nightclub's infamous revolving dance floor.
The ferry was retired from service in 1981 and opened as a nightclub on the River Tyne in 1983.
And there it stayed for the next 25 years, bar a short period when it went to Glasgow and was temporarily replaced by the Tuxedo Royale, another former ferry.
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last updated: 28/07/2008 at 16:50
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