To complete my unplanned Trilogy of photo essays exploring the former site of the Aust Car Ferry, today I'm sharing my snaps of the derelict 'Severn Princess', one of the three boats that was used to carry cars over the river Severn from Aust to Beachley.
When the Princess became redundant - once the ferry route was closed following the opening of the first Severn Bridge in 1966 - she was sold to an Irish shipping company but ended up as a rusting hulk in a remote harbour in County Galway. In 1999, a group of enthusiasts bought the 95-foot long vessel and towed her 500 miles to Chepstow, planning to restore and relaunch her by 2002 (source: BBC news).
Since then she has sat under Brunel's Railway bridge in Chepstow and although she seems to have been left to rust, apparently her restoration is still underway - if a little behind schedule! You can learn about the restoration project on the Severn Princess Restoration Group's website.
Anyway here are my pics including shots of the 3 nearby bridges that cross the river Wye: The Old Wye Bridge (first photo below), the modern concrete road bridge (can't find any info on this), and finally the Brunel's rail bridge. I'm getting old - I've actually started bridge spotting, oh dear, never mind, hope you enjoy the pics!