Is this to replace the existing chain ferry at Ryde?
I love going on the Ryde chain ferry, despite it being a very short trip with no duty free available.
A new chain ferry has been built for the Isle of Wight – and the council reckon it weighs the same as 250 cows. The comparison was made in a council statement to the Isle of Wight County Press, which wrote all about the Welsh-built “floating bridge” in slightly more detail than anyone except council press officers would really …
No, there is no chain ferry at Ryde, there is nowhere for it to go. You do however, have a choice between a catamaran and AFAIK the only commercial hovercraft service in Europe
You must be thinking of the floating bridge between East and West Cowes.
"If we're going to use these units lets at least be appropriately pedantic about it."
If we're going to use these units, let's at least be appropriately pedantic about it.
*and yes, "Raise the Pedantic" did spring instantly to mind.
In the following Google Maps View, the Floating Bridge is towards the bottom of the page. Immediately north of the Red Funnel Ferry terminal is the former British Hovercraft Corporation site. Zoom in on the big hanger with the aluminium roof paint - the doors have a Union Flag painted on them. It's a few years since I've been that way, so the doors may not look that way, unless there is a listing on them.
"The British Hovercraft Corporation was responsible for the largest Union Flag in the world"
If you fancy another laugh at the IoW's ferries, then see if you can find a copy of Andy Stanford-Clark's story of how one of the companies borrowed his ferry tracking Twitter feed for their website without asking. Instead of engaging the m'learned friends; he made it tweet that it had docked in Milton Keynes took a screenshot and emailed it to them...
This has been touted as the most expensive transport for distance travelled. At extremes of low tide the river is only a matter of a few dozen feet wider that the floating bridge is long.
As yes, to all you pedants it is technically a chain ferry but try saying that and you will be marked as a dutton (or in more recent parlance a pile, come in bunches - go red overnight and are a pain in the arse), everyone knows it as the floating bridge.
If anyone involved had any sense at all they'd just build a bridge. Maintaining a chain ferry over such a short distance does not make any sense at all. Stick a toll booth on it and you can even keep your income and maintaining the thing would be a lot less expensive.
Consider a chain ferry where the chains, hopefully connected to each shore, float.
Could this be considered as a special case of pontoon bridge?
Enquiring minds etc ......
For simplicity, in your answer you may ignore all considerations as to whether the ferry or chains are frictionless or spherical ...
“We are looking forward to welcoming the sixth floating bridge to its permanent home on the Isle of Wight,”
Given this is bridge (chain ferry, whatever) number 6 (resists Prisoner related puns), I doubt it will be having a permanent home on the IoW (unless they sink defunct bridges (chain ferries, whatever) somewhere in IoW waters, then it would technically have a permanent(ish) home on IoW
Why are you so surprised? As a regular El Reg reader surely you must be aware of one of the El Reg Standards Soviet references to the The Vellum of a Sheep in a vacuum? Same principle.
The Diary Cow (or Coo for those in the Far North) was a breeding programme instigated by that famous Naval Administror Samual Pepys to produce a replacement for the smaller sheets of of Vellum as the maps of the Empire needed to be more yoooooger. Sadly, the project failed, leaving Pepys with a load of left over leather and no idea what to do with it. Being a politician, he had to find some quick way to hide the evidence of his embarrassing blunder.
..do they need to carry that many chains so that they have to have a special ferry to carry them?
Enquiring minds and all that. Is there some secret cabal of chain-wielding senior citizens? Are they secretly being exported to 3rd-world backward countries like the US?
 Cos that's the only sort of people I've ever seen on the IOW.. that and birdwatchers - which mostly are ortogonal with the wrinklies..
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