A FERRY has arrived on the River Thames after spending fifty years operating between Gosport and Portsmouth.
The Gosport Queen has been bought by the London Party Boats company, based at Festival Pier, and was handed over at the end of last week.
Early on Friday morning the Gosport Queen, built in 1966, set off on its 350km journey - a far cry from its usual short hop across Portsmouth Harbour which is less than a kilometer.
Passing Gravesend at about 0830 on Saturday morning, Gosport Queen passed Duchess M - the Tilbury ferry vessel which itself was previously used on the Gosport to Portsmouth service.
It's less than a year since Gosport Queen's sister vessel Portsmouth Queen was also acquired by a new owner to be used on the Thames although it has not yet entered service.