Historic Teignmouth-Shaldon wooden ferry to be sold

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The wooden boat, which could carry 12 people, was built in 1908

A wooden passenger ferry which has served customers for more than 100 years is being sold.

The open boat, which cost £27 when it was built in 1908, has most recently been used as a "back-up" for the Teignmouth to Shaldon ferry.

Teignbridge District Council said it had reached an age and condition where it could not meet the standards required to carry paying passengers.

The council said it hoped its local historic importance could be preserved.

'Good home'

It said the boat could appeal to sailors looking for an unusual vessel for casual use, or alternatively, it would make an impressive exhibit for a maritime museum.

The council, which has launched a tender process for the vessel, said community groups, private buyers and local organisations were welcome to bid for the vessel.

The ferry, which could carry 12 people, was built at the Cremyll yard in Plymouth for the Teignmouth Bridge Company.

The company was purchased in 1948 by Devon County Council who transferred ownership to Teignmouth Urban Council and then to Teignbridge District Council when it was formed in 1974.

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The council said the vessel is not suitable for commercial purposes

Council leader Alan Connett said: "The ferry has had a great working life, and given its age and condition is now in need of a good home with a gentler schedule.

"We'd love to see the boat kept local, where its lengthy history can be recognised and celebrated."

The boat no longer holds a passenger licence and would not be suitable for commercial use.

The primary passenger ferry, which has been undergoing substantial repairs and improvements in Totnes is expected to be back in service next month.

Tender applications must be submitted by midday on Wednesday 7 July.

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