ST5590 : Severn Princess at Beachley 1963

taken 59 years ago, near to Beachley, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Severn Princess at Beachley  1963
Severn Princess at Beachley 1963
The Beachley Aust ferry across the River Severn was until the opening of the first Severn Suspension Bridge the main crossing point for vehicles below Gloucester. There is no comparison between the daily capacity of the two modes. (For a time it was also possible to put your car on a train through the Severn Tunnel.)

The 'Severn Princess' was the last vessel to be built for the service, in 1959 and worked until the ferry closed in 1966 when the bridge opened. It somehow made its way to Ireland where it was found in a derelict condition in 1999. It was rescued and a restoration process started. The current status (2020) is undetermined.
River Severn

The River Severn is the longest river in the United Kingdom, at about 220 miles. It rises at an altitude of 610 metres on Plynlimon, in the Cambrian Mountains of mid Wales. It then flows through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, with the county towns of Shrewsbury, Worcester, and Gloucester on its banks.
The river is usually considered to become the Severn Estuary after the Second Severn Crossing between Severn Beach, South Gloucestershire and Sudbrook, Monmouthshire. The river then discharges into the Bristol Channel.

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Date Taken
10 March 1963   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 6 May, 2020
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Roads, Road transport 
River (from Tags)
River Severn 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5526 9069 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:36.7950N 2:38.8520W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5522 9070
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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