At the of April the former ferry Caledonian Princess, now Tuxedo Royale, took in more water which caused her to sink further and she is now resting on the river bed at her Middlesbrough berth, just downstream from the Transporter Bridge. In recent times the ship has suffered at the hands of vandals and intruders, who have taken many of the metal fittings.

The ferry was used as a floating nightclub and arrived at Middlesbrough Dock from Tyneside in March 2000. She was built in 1965 as the stern-loading ferry Dover for Dover-Calais service, but became Earl Siward after conversion in 1977/78. There are plans to bring the ship back to Kent for restoration.

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