MV Severn Princess Successfully Added To The National Register of Historic Vessels

November 14, 2023

MV Severn Princess Successfully Added To The National Register of Historic Vessels

MV Severn Princess has successfully qualified for listing on the National Register of Historic Vessels (NRHV), making it officially of UK national interest, as well as receiving a visit by his Majesty’s The Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE. The Princess now joins a prestigious list of over 1,000 historic vessels, such as the Cutty Sark and SS Great Britain. To be considered for listing, the vessel must be at least 50 years old, have demonstrable and significant UK associations, be based in the UK, be moe than 33ft in length and the hull must be substantially intact. The NRHV database, which can be viewed online, includes detailed information about each vessel, such as: designer, builder, dimensions, construction, propulsion, service history, current location and ownership, as well as images of the registered vessels.

The Severn Princess and her counterparts, the Severn King and Queen, used to carry vehicles and passengers across the River Severn between Aust and Beachley. The service was used by many, saving them a 60-mile round trip via Gloucester. Having only been launched in 1959, the Princess was sold to a company in Ireland in 1966, when the Severn Bridge opened and the ferries were no longer required. Many years later, MV Princess was found abandoned and in a dreadful state but subsequently rescued and returned to Chepstow, South Wales by enthusiastic volunteers in 1999. When the Severn Bridge had opened, the Severn Queen was immediately cut up for scrap and the Severn King followed the same fate in 1970, following irreparable damage sustained during her work on the Sharpness River Severn railway bridge. The volunteers of the Severn Princess Preservation Trust (SPPT, now a registered charity 1179131), continue to work hard to preserve her as an important part of the history of transport in the area and as the last remaining vessel of the Severn ferries, which had been operating since the 1930s. The Trust were visited this week by the Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent and County Councillor, Paul Pavia.

Said the Trustees of SPPT, “we are absolutely delighted that the Princess has made it to the National Register of Historic Vessels and especially to be listed alongside such prestigious vessels. Of course, we were thrilled to receive a visit by Brigadier Aitken to learn more about the Princess and the work that we’ve been doing.”

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