Fortuna and Spirit of the Tyne
Fortuna and Spirit of the Tyne seen here in the Port of Tyne on 23rd July 2009. Photographed from Western Quay, North Shields.
Built by Bideford Shipbuilding in 1978 she was originally known as Island Scene and was operated by Blue Funnel Cruises ( Solent & Wight Line Cruises). In 1980 her aft deck was enclosed, to make her more suitable of all-weather charters. In 1994 she was sold to Tyne Leisure Cruises, where she still runs in 2006 for River Escapes as the River Escapes Fortuna (Fortuna being a Roman goddess).
131 gross tons (as built) - 90 ft long - 250 passengers - 10 knots
Spirit of the Tyne:
The ferry is operated by Nexus and plys the route between North and South Shields.
The £1.9m ferry was built at the VT Halmatic shipyard in Portchester, Hampshire.