Ferries 4: The Last Sailing
End of an Era
The final sailing of the Tay Ferries between Newport and Dundee took place on 18th August 1966 at 6 30 p.m. Earlier in the day the new Tay Road Bridge had been opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and in the evening the Scotscraig made the final crossing. This event is remembered with great nostalgia by the ferry’s regular travellers, and many people, both on board and on shore, photographed what was, without a doubt, the end of an era. As the Scotscraig left Newport for the last time it was packed with some 200 passengers who had willingly paid their five shillings for the historic return journey. On its return to Newport a service of thanksgiving for the Tay Ferries was held on the quayside.
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