Category:Oliver Cromwell (ship, 1922)

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  • The OLIVER CROMWELL was built at Sharpness in 1993 as a conversion from an ex Dutch barge which dated from 1922. This was converted into a large four deck cruise ship styled to represent a Mississippi river paddle steamer – albeit propelled by a screw propeller with a stern paddle wheel which rotated as the ship moved. The company English Holiday Cruises were established in 1992 and operated the ship as a hotel with weekly trips from Gloucester to Worcester and weekend trips down the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal to Sharpness. OLIVER CROMWELL featured on a number of TV travel programmes during her career. During her period of operation she carried over 30,000 passengers in her twin berth cabins. She is the largest river cruise vessel to have operated in the UK.