Duke of Lancaster dock could be brought back to life as part of ambitious plans to boost tourism

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Ambitious plans to bring a historic dock back to life have today been unveiled.

Llanerch y Mor Dock Holdings Ltd are looking to transform the dock on the Dee Estuary, and home to the dry-docked TSS Duke of Lancaster, into a tourism site.

As part of the plans, the company is looking to launch several activities, including a boot camp where people could stay for up to seven nights while they get fit.

Ambitious plans to bring the Llanerch y Mor dock back to life have been unveiled (Image: John Rowley)

It is also hoping to create an assault course, provide water based sports to make use of the harbour, quayside and slipway and make use of the nearby coastal path.

Visitors would have the chance to stay on site in glamping pods if the proposed plans went ahead.

It is understood berths are already available at the dock to accommodate houseboats and other vessels.

Speaking to North Wales Live, Antony Rowley, whose father John Rowley is a shareholder in the Llanerch y Mor Dock Holdings Ltd, said he is confident the new plan will be a success.

, Duke of Lancaster dock could be brought back to life as part of ambitious plans to boost tourism, TravelWireNews | World News

The Duke of Lancaster at Llannerch y Mor near Mostyn (Image: Eryl Crump)

“Hopefully these plans will succeed because the area needs it,” he said.

“It will create 10 jobs straight away, and hopefully boost tourism.

“The most important thing is getting the site up and running and giving tourists the opportunity to visit this unique site and all it has to offer.”

Boasting the same builders as the Titanic, the Duke of Lancaster which is listed on the register of National Historic Ships has lain unused on the dock to the public since the mid-1980s.

, Duke of Lancaster dock could be brought back to life as part of ambitious plans to boost tourism, TravelWireNews | World News

Llanerch y Mor dock on the Dee Estuary (Image: John Rowley)

In 1979, the ship was sold to Empirewise Ltd, and she was used as a leisure and retail complex called the Fun Ship for a few years in the early 80s, creating over 100 jobs at the time of record redundancies at Shotton steelworks.

It was hoped the idea would become one of the region’s top tourism attractions, but a battle with the local authority meant the plans ran aground.

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The Duke of Lancaster started life as a cruise ship in 1956 before being converted into a car ferry 13 years later. She was also capable of being used as a hospital ship.

According to a website dedicated to the ship, the first class quarters in the late 1950s and 1960s “were the best around”.

Eight years ago, John Rowley gave permission for graffiti artists from across Europe to leave their stamp on the ship, and images on the former Sealink steamer’s hull were spray-painted on before later being covered up.

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