MV Kenilworth arriving at Gourock pierhead.
|Namesake:||Walter Scott novel Kenilworth|
1936 – 1978: Hythe Ferry
|Port of registry:||Greenock|
1936 – 1978: Hythe Ferry
|Builder:||Rowhedge Ironworks Company, Colchester|
|Out of service:||1 April 2007|
|Length:||56 feet (17 m)|
|Beam:||21 feet (6 m)|
(i) 4L3 Gardner diesel engines<br./>(ii) 2000 R6 Kelvin
The MV Kenilworth is a historic passenger ferry. Built in 1936 as MV Hotspur II, she was the Hythe Ferry service across Southampton Water until 1978. She was the Kilcreggan ferry on the Firth of Clyde until 2007.
In 1978, she was bought by Clyde Marine Motoring and renamed Kenilworth, after the novel Kenilworth by Walter Scott. She served on the Gourock – Kilcreggan ferry service across the Firth of Clyde operated on behalf of Strathclyde Passenger Transport. She provided the main ferry service, with crossings of Gare Loch to Helensburgh and cruising in summer. Other company vessels (Clyde Marine Services Ltd. from 2003), including MV The Second Snark and CalMac vessels provided relief.
There is covered passenger accommodation on two decks forward, with a bar in the lower saloon.
- Hythe Ferry service across Southampton Water
- Gourock – Kilcreggan – Helensburgh service on the Firth of Clyde and the Gare Loch.
At 9.40 am BST on 23 October 2006 a US Navy warship taking part in the Neptune Warrior training exercise radioed the Kenilworth to warn "'Unidentified vessel approaching on my starboard side, please identify yourself. If you fail to do so, we will open fire on you with live ammunition.'" The message caused alarm as it was broadcast on VHF channel 16, the international calling and distress frequency. A spokeswoman at Faslane indicated that channel 16 had been correctly used to request identification, but should not have been used for the warning which should have been on an exercise frequency. She stated that the ferry had not been in any danger, and advised that the organiser of the exercise, Commander Don Chalmers, deputy director of the Joint Maritime Operational Training Staff, had apologised to the skipper.
- "End of an era on the Clyde ferry scene". Shipping Times. http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item360_clydeferry.htm. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
- "Hotspur II". Simplon Postcards. http://simplonpc.co.uk/Hythe_Soton.html#anchor88184. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
- "Kenilworth" (PDF). Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. http://www.spt.co.uk/wmslib/Documents_Ferry/kenilworth.pdf. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
- "Hotspur IV". Simplon Postcards. http://simplonpc.co.uk/Hythe_HotspurIV.html#anchor82433. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
- Daily Record 24 October 2006 [dead link] also reported on BBC 1 Regional News (BBC Scotland) and in the Greenock Telegraph of that afternoon.