Category:IMO 8633724

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  • Type: Ferry
  • Built by Phillip and Sons shipbuilders, United Kingdom
  • Yard No:
  • Launch date: 1959 onto the River Dart
  • Length: 44 m
  • Beam: 12 m
  • Gross tonnage: 670


  • 1960 Named: Woodchurch for Birkenhead Corporation Flag: United Kingdom
  • late 1960s Merger of Birkenhead Corporation with Wallasey to create "Mersey Ferries" Contrary to most books on the ferries, their original funnel colours were not black, red and black, but in fact black, orange and black. After the merging of the two separate ferry companies, all the ferries were given a new livery of cream funnel with sky blue cap. This was then changed to green and black, rather like the buses at the time.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s the Woodchurch was taken into Clarence dry docks where she was dry docked and left in a somewhat laid up state. Damage had occurred to her hull due to deficiencies in the metal used during construction, and rumours abounded that she was being used to supply her sister ferries with spare parts. She returned to service in 1983 after a repaint and some repairs. In 1984 the ferries were repainted into red, white and blue for the Flower Festival at Otterspool.

In 1990 Woodchurch was taken from service and extensively refurbished (although still retaining their original character and bridge equipment). The work included fitting of modern Feruno radar and substantial repairs to steelwork. Their bridges, which originally consisted of two wing cabs and a central wheelhouse, were plated to form one large navigation bridge. Unusually, the separate cabs each had a large brass binnacle and compass in them which were not removed when the bridge was made whole, so this meant that the ferry actually has three binnacles on the bridge. Lots of re-wiring took place and years of neglect were slowly righted. Woodchurch was back in service in time for the QE2's first visit to Liverpool in 1990, with a new livery of red and black.

  • 2004 Converted and renamed: Snowdrop
    • MMSI: 235024612
    • Callsign: MHNY4
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