Duke of Lancaster

Author Timster - Last updated: 15.09.2012

Visited while with Wiffsmith in North Wales on a 4 day jaunt.

On August 10th, 1979, a former Sealink passenger ferry called “The Duke of Lancaster" was beached at Llanerch-y-Mor in North Wales with the intention of turning it into a floating leisure and retail complex called The Fun Ship but the project never achieved it’s full potential due to many long running legal disputes with the local council.

Make no bones about it, until it was converted into a car ferry she was one of the finest vessels afloat at the time. The first class quarters in the late fifties and early sixties were the best around, silver service restaurants, state rooms and luxurious cabins. In fact, the facilities and the accommodation on board Lancaster were so good she was frequently taken out of her usual ferry service and used as a cruise liner with frequent annual cruises around Scotland, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean.

Don’t ask me for internals – have only seen one set out there and they do look good. Read elsewhere about the issues others have experienced and make your own minds up to whether this would be worth it.



‘The party ship’ by Timster1973 (Whats next?), on Flickr



‘The bridge’ by Timster1973 (Whats next?), on Flickr



‘Funnel’ by Timster1973 (Whats next?), on Flickr



‘The Duke’ by Timster1973 (Whats next?), on Flickr

Thats all for now.


#1arthakkerSeptember 17, 2012, 12:26 pm

what a waste of a great vessel

#2PeterMay 9, 2015, 7:27 am

What ashame to see this ship in this state I used to travel on her between Belfast and Heysham during the seventies and have fond memories of her.
I didn’t think she still existed havind been searching for quite a long time and would love to wk around her inside again.
To see the passenger list or a copy for the Friday night the 3rd August 1973 as this has a special meaning for if anyone can help please get intouch

#3PeterMay 10, 2015, 12:48 am

How sad it is to see this ship like it now is having traveled on her during the seventies between Belfast and Heysham.
But my fondest memory is of the Friday night the 3rd August 1973 and would love to see the original passenger list for that night.
I would love to just for the last time revisit her inside.

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