During the war Ryde became HMS Ryde and was used first as a minesweeper and later as an anti-aircraft vessel. In this latter role HMS Ryde took part in the D-Day invasion as part of the air defences for the Mulberry harbours.
There have been a number of schemes for preserving the vessel but it now seems unlikely that she will be saved. Therefore this is a good time to be properly documenting her history. Something that is long overdue. Richard Halton, who wrote “The Medway Queen” and “The Medway Queen Club” celebrating the Isle of Wight’s other paddle steamer nightclub, is looking for memories, anecdotes and photographs of PS Ryde or the Ryde Queen for possible publication. Any information is of interest, whether you worked on board, visited, travelled on her or just watched her steam past. Photographs of her at any stage in her career would be very welcome, especially photographs taken on board.
If you can help this research in any way, relevant to any stage in the ship’s history, please get in touch with Richard by email on firstname.lastname@example.org . Loaned material will be treated carefully and returned promptly after copying. To safeguard the material for the future, copies will also be passed to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for their own archives unless you request otherwise.