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Greenway Ferry


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This page is devoted to the Devon operator Greenway Ferry.

For details of cruises see:-  www.greenwayferry.co.uk
Bookings & Enquiries:- 0845 489 0418



 


Vessels on this Page
  Bay Belle Built: 1947
  Christie Belle Built: 1982
  Clipper Built: 1973
  Dartmouth Belle Built: 1966
  Dittisham Belle Built: 1982
  Greenway Belle Built: 1990
  Riviera Belle Built: 1972
  The Fairmile Built: 1941
  Torquay Belle Built: 1966

Greenway Ferry Brochure Archive
  2009 Dart Brochure - 500KB pdf file
  2009 Torbay & Dart Brochure - 1500KB pdf file
          Always check with the operator before travelling to sail

Contacts
  Greenway Ferry Website:- www.greenwayferry.co.uk
   Greenway Ferry Bookings & Enquiries:- 0845 489 0418

References
  Trip Out Guides - Written and published by G.P.Hamer - editions from 1977 to 2007
      
Trip Out Guides are available from Geoffrey Hamer, PO Box 485, Southall, UB1 9BH
  South Devon Steamers & Ferries - Alan Kittridge - Tempus, 2003
  Passenger Steamers of the River Dart - Alan Kittridge - Twelveheads Press, 1987
 
Passenger Steamers of the River Fal - Alan Kittridge - Twelveheads Press, 1988
 
Steamers & Ferries of Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly - Alan Kittridge - Tempus, 2004




 

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Greenway Ferry


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Greenway Bell
(Built: 1990 - Greenway: 2005)

Greenway Bell, a local traditional clinker passenger launch, was built by J Hinks & Son in Appledore, North Devon. Previously know as Puffin and Pathfinder, she was used as a hire launch from Dartmouth for some time then was sold and left the river. She returned in 2005 when Greenway Ferry purchased her for use on the Greenway to Dittisham Ferry which is still summoned by ringing the bell on either side of the river. Hence her name change to Greenway Bell. Licensed under the Inland Waterways Code she carries 12 people during the Summer and reduced numbers in the winter.

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Dartmouth Belle
(Built: 1966 - Greenway: 2005)
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Dartmouth Belle a traditional clinker passenger boat was built in 1966 in Felixstowe, Suffolk. She was a purpose built passenger carrying vessel formally known as Fredrick William and the The Swan. When first commissioned she was used for angling at sea from Yarmouth & Felixstowe as was her sister boat. Later in her life she moved to Allington, was renamed The Swan and became famous as a passenger vessel on Allington Lock operating from the Malta Inn, Waterman's Park and Maidstone's town centre. We purchased her in April 2005 when she became the Dartmouth to Greenway Ferry carrying passengers to Agatha Christies Greenway Garden. She is also used for private charters and for river cruises to the 'Malsters Arms' in Bow Creek, Tuckenhay and trips to Sharpham Vineyard (06) whilst also available for private hire. The Swan carries 40 passengers licensed by the Maritime Coastguard Agency and has weather cover. Throughout most of her life she seems to have had strong connections with taking passengers to pubs. Dartmouth Belle remains in service providing green transport along the jewel of Devon's crown the River Dart and is licensed all year round. She departs from Greenway Quay & Dartmouth with a free link from Dittisham when boarding her. Dartmouth Belle is the only passenger vessel currently providing a direct link from Dartmouth to Greenway Gardens, the quickest most direct route.

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Dittisham Belle
(Built: 1982 - Greenway: 2006)
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'Dittisham Belle a local traditional varnished clinker passenger launch was built by Clifford Adams of East Looe, Cornwall. She was a purpose built passenger launch formally known as Sara used between Looe and Looe Island in Cornwall for several years. Her sister vessel Lisa K is still in operation providing a summer service at Looe. Greenway Ferry purchased her in January 2006 and was licensed under the new Inland Waterways Code for day and night use carrying 12 passenger, all year round on the River Dart. She will be used as the relief Greenway to Dittisham Ferry and for Greenway Ferry exclusive cruises to Sharpham Vineyard and Stoke Gabriel. She is also available for private hire. She departs from Greenway Quay, Dittisham, Dartmouth & Totnes.


Dittisham Belle on the Greenway Ferry
Photo: © John Hendy, 21st August 2007
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Riviera Belle
(Built: 1966 - Greenway: 2006)
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Riviera Belle is currently our largest and only steel vessel. She was originally built by HM Customs at Bideford for patrol around the Falmouth area under her old name ‘Guardwell. She was sold to Scotland and worked on Loch Lomond for some time before returning to Devon. Greenway Ferry purchased her in 2006 and renamed her Riviera Belle after she underwent an extensive refit. Riviera Belle now works in Torbay and the River Dart and provides special day cruises in conjunction with private charters and other special events and has a licensed bar onboard. She was reported as being offered for sale in 2009 (replaced by The Fairmile?).

Riviera Belle in Greenway Ferry service
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Bay Belle
(Built: 1947 - Greenway: 2007)
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Bay Belle a traditional carvel passenger boat was built in 1947 by Dixons of Exmouth. She is the longest running original passenger boat in Torbay which is still in service. Originally called Bonnie Boys she has done many things in here time which include Ferry work, Mackerel Fishing and Bay Cruises. Today she continues all those roles in addition to working on the River Dart as one of the largest small boats. She is a piece of the past which has been maintained to a high standard.


Bay Belle of the Greenway Ferry
Photo: © Andrew Cooke, 26th September 2008
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Bay Belle in Greenway Ferry service
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Torquay Belle
(Built: 1966 - Greenway: 2007)

Torquay Belle is a famous passenger boat which was built in Guernsey by C.P Wilson. She was built after Mr Wilson completed a study on Sea Gulls and wanted to recreate a vessel which was as safe as a Gull on water. Hence her unusual styling. The Duke of Edinburgh travelled on her whilst in Guernsey, when her name was Typhoon. In 1999 Typhoon moved to Torbay. Joined the Greenway Ferry in 2007 and runs on the service from Brixham to Torquay. She has a licensed bar on board and is licensed throughout Torbay, the River Dart and Exmouth. In 2008 Torquay Belle underwent a full refit.


Torquay Belle on the Torquay-Brixham ferry
Photo: © Andrew Cooke, 26th September 2008
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Torquay Belle in Greenway Ferry service
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Torquay Belle in Greenway Ferry service
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Torquay Belle in Greenway Ferry service, running as Freddie the Ferry (featured in a children's story)
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Christie Belle
(Built: 1982 - Greenway: 2008)

Christie Belle was the Dan II at Pembroke Dock where she was used on liberty work. Arrived in the Greenway fleet in 2008 and was refitted over the winter for passenger service in 2009.


Christie Belle on the Torquay-Brixham ferry
Photo: © Graham Thorne, 2009
Christie Belle - Photo: © Graham Thorne 2009 -  Greenway Ferry - www.greenwayferry.co.uk



Christie Belle on the Torquay-Brixham ferry
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Herm Clipper - Clipper
(Built: 1973 - Greenway: 2009)

Herm Clipper was built in 1973 and ran at Guernsey to Herm up to 2007. She joined Greenway from Jamieson, Torquay, in 2009 and was renamed Clipper.


Herm Clipper on the Torquay-Brixham ferry
Photo: © Andrew Cooke, 26th September 2008
Clipper - Photo: © Andrew Cooke, 26th September 2008 -  Greenway Ferry - www.greenwayferry.co.uk



Herm Clipper on the Torquay-Brixham ferry
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Clipper - Photo: © Andrew Cooke, 26th September 2008 -  Greenway Ferry - www.greenwayferry.co.uk



Clipper on the Torquay-Brixham ferry
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The Fairmile
(Built: 1941 - Greenway: 2009)

The Fairmile was  a Fairmile B Rescue Motor Launch (RML) built by Southampton Steam Joinery Ltd in 1941 and commissioned as RML497 in July 1942. This Fairmile B Motor launch was stationed with 62nd ML Flotillas at Portland between 1942 and 1944. She was then transferred to Kirkwall in January 1944 on anti-submarine target towing duties until August when she sent to Appledore. She join the 69th Flotilla based at Felixstowe until eventually being sold off at Itchenor in 1947 and entering service with the Western Lady Ferry between Brixham and Torquay Service in that same year as Western Lady III. Western Lady III was recently withdrawn at Torbay, but returned to service from Swanage for Fairmile Classic Cruises in August 2007 running five cruises along the Dorset coast daily, apart from Tuesdays when a she took a day trip to Yarmouth (Isle of Wight). Services ran again in 2008, but the company ran into financial problems in September 2008 and she also had certificate issues with the MCA. In June 2009 Western Lady III was bought by the Greenway Ferry and entered service later in the summer of 2009 as The Fairmile between Torbay, Dartmouth and Greenway, after a very substantial refit.


The Fairmile in Greenway Ferry service in 2009
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The Fairmile received a substantial refit before entering Greenway Ferry service in 2009
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The Fairmile arriving at Dartmouth from Torquay in 2011
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The Fairmile arriving at Dartmouth from Torquay in 2011
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The Fairmile on the Coastal Heritage Cruise from Dartmouth in 2011
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The Fairmile leaving Dartmouth for Torquay after the Coastal Heritage Cruise in May 2011
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