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Taken a couple of days ago on my daily exercise and dog-walk, in Forton Creek, Gosport. I'd been meaning to photograph this poor old wreck for some time.

"Vadne" was built at Portsmouth in 1939 to serve the people of Gosport and Portsmouth, carrying passengers across Portsmouth Harbour, but within days of the outbreak of the Second World War she was requisitioned for the Royal Navy's examination service. In January 1943 she was shipped to Sierra Leone for harbour service.

Returned to the ferry company in 1946, "Vadne" plied Portsmouth Harbour until 1965, (two years before I first came to Portsmouth as an undergraduate student). At that point, an attempt was made to increase her internal capacity by removing a bulkhead which severely weakened her structural integrity (surprise, surprise) and she was taken out of service.

On the night of 12 July 1957, a collision between "Vadne" and the Black Swan-class sloop "HMS Redpole" resulted in the death of one of the 40 passengers. The ferry was holed, but salved and later repaired.
This was the first collision and first fatal accident in the 74-year history of the Portsmouth Steam Launch and Towing Company.

Between 1966 and 1981, "Vadne" served as the clubhouse of the Gosport Cruising Club, before sinking at her moorings near Weevil Lane, in Gosport. A restoration project took place from 1981, but Vadne sank once more in 1983, and at this point was taken to the Maritime Workshop, by Forton Lake.

Although her stay at the Maritime Workshop was initially intended only to be short-term, she remained berthed there for seventeen years until, in 2000, the decision was taken to beach her several hundred metres along the shore at Forton Lake, which is where this photograph was made. As you can see, her remains have since been victim to vandalism and natural decay.

Shutter speed: 1/250th sec
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 200
Focal length: 24 mm

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