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TSS Dover seen during her proud days sailing for 12 years before she had a name change
Dear Members, friends and supporters,
Welcome to the first newsletter of the Dover Steamship Company.
the country there are a number of ship preservation groups, but I
guess that we are the first where the chairman alarmingly finds
himself announcing in the very first newsletter that the subject
of their aspirations has sunk at its moorings at Able Central
The first signs that something was amiss! May 6, 2011
have to inform you that over the recent May bank holiday weekend
vandals got aboard
thats the end of that , you might think, time to pack up
and go home...however this could well be the best thing that has
happened to the vessel with regard to securing her future. This
occurrence has attracted major publicity on Teesside and focussed
the minds of the ships owners Able
bank holiday Monday my inbox was full with emails
from around the country advising me of this
disastrous situation. Thankfully, Captain Colin
Harrison of Able
outcome was that
have already taken considerable advantage of the resultant
publicity with DSC secretary Andy Mclean getting straight onto
the Middlesborough Gazette and making sure that they knew who we
were and what our aspirations are. He has also been onto the
local Tees ITV station, making sure that they are up to speed
with our intentions. The author then did a live interview
on BBC Radio Tees. The presenter seemed quite taken aback
at the history of the ship and the fact that she is the last of
her breed. It was quite amusing that I referred to
Well thats the sinking debacle in a nutshell - Im sure youd agree that things couldnt get worse but it does appear that it is quite true that to every disadvantage, there is an equal and opposite advantage!
We intend to exploit that advantage.
far the most important course of action that we need to take is
to secure a berth for TSS Dover. Recently we were invited by Bob
Goldfield, Chief Executive of Dover Harbour Board to his office
to discuss the possibility of bringing
the absolute plus side this has now enabled us to fully embrace
an offer from Dover Peoples Port Trust to fully support our
aspirations and to provide a berth at Dover Harbour should
they succeed in taking control of the Port of Dover over the next
few months. DPPT chairman Neil Wiggins has on several
occasions publically reaffirmed the trusts desire to place
TSS Dover as the centrepiece for the regeneration of
We currently are lucky enough to have been able to harness the expertise of international business strategist Alan Shirley who is working on the format, content and presentation of our business plan. Such a plan is essential for us to approach and attract the kind of sponsors with the professionalism that would merit a scheme of the financial magnitude which we have in store. We would like to thank Alan for his commitment. We have decided to divide the project into 2 phases...
We have already budgeted for Phase 1 the projected cost is hovering around £350,000. We have already made contact with several promising funding sources and they have agreed to let us complete our plan before we meet them formally. Exciting Stuff!
long last we have worked out how we can have a free sales and
publicity stall on main street
forget to check out the website for general info and the latest
news. Our Webmaster Ralph Hart has been working hard developing
the site and has been keeping a close eye on the recently
stressful situation. We are always on the lookout for photographs
kind permission of the town clerk we have been allowed to use the
Council Chamber for our next members/public meeting. This, of
course, is at the Town Hall,
would like to thank all the committee members for their
dedication to date. We meet on a fortnightly basis on a
Tuesday evening. Ive already mentioned the
sterling work of Andy and Ralph. Sarah Jane Hart
has been conscientiously looking after our somewhat strained
finances, Neil Wiggins has been supporting us in his area
of expertise in the shipping and maritime business-and obviously
the Peoples Port, Pat McGeehan has been advising us
on technical matters in his role as a former chief engineer on
Dover, Andrew and Matthew Mullins with Ruth
Parkinson with input mainly on heritage matters. Artist Ruth
also designed our striking poster which has been diligently
distributed by Paul Terry. I also would like to
thank Vic Matcham and Stewart Dimmock who earlier
on gave excellent guidance through the
view from the Tees north bank-as '
I would like to thank all of you for your continued support . In the future we intend to turn out regular newsletters and organise regular members meetings.
We look forward to meeting you on Tuesday, June 14, 2011.
On behalf of your committee
Richard Moffatt - Chairman DSC.
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