The dock will bring a cruise ship back to life with an open top bar and sea view.

The Duke of Lancaster Ferry spent many glorious years carrying passengers to its premier-class cabins.

Through the 1950s, 1960s, it traveled the oceans as a silver-service ship on trips to Europe and Scotland.

The cruise ship, Duke of Lancaster, has been moored on the River Dee since 1979, when it was turned into a floating tourist attraction

Duke of Lancaster is a cruise ship that has been moored along the River Dee ever since 1979.

The vessel, pictured, was built by the legendary Harland and Wolff in Belfast - where RMS Titanic was launched

This vessel was constructed by Harland and Wolff of Belfast, the same place RMS Titanic launched. 

After the tourist attraction closed, the vessel was used as warehouse storage and later as an art gallery

The vessel was later used for storage, and then as an art gallery. 

The vessel's condition has worsened as it sits on the River Dee in North Wales. A fundraising effort is under way to return Duke of Lancaster to its former glory

As it sits alongside the River Dee, North Wales, its condition is worsening. Duke of Lancaster’s former glory is now being returned to by fundraising efforts 

The vessel was used on Irish Sea routes as well as offering cruises to Europe. She was later reconfigured to carry cars

It was used to offer cruises to Europe and Irish Sea routes. Later, she was reconfigured for transporting cars 

TSS Duke of Lancaster (pictured above), built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, began its life as a passenger ferry and cruise liner in 1956, replacing a 1928 steamer of the same name built by the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company

TSS Duke of Lancaster (pictured below), was originally built by Harland and Wolff, Belfast. In 1956 it replaced an 1928 steamer of that name, built by London Midland and Scottish Railway Company.

Passengers pictured onboard the turbine steam ship in its heydey. They were treated to silver service while travelling from Ireland, Scotland and Europe, with the vessel's first-class quarters even branded 'the best around' during the 1950s and 60s

Passengers pictured onboard the turbine steam ship in its heydey. Silver service was provided to passengers as they traveled from Ireland, Scotland, and Europe. The vessel’s first class quarters were even called ‘the best around’ in the 1950s.

Duke of Lancaster was considered one of the more luxurious vessels crossing the Irish Sea with lots of first class accommodation. It was commissioned for British Railways

The Duke of Lancaster, a luxurious vessel that crossed the Irish Sea, was renowned for its first-class accommodation. British Railways ordered it.

An interior view of a dining area on TSS Duke of Lancaster. In 1979 the vessel was beached at Llanerch-y-Mor in north-east Wales and turned into a floating leisure and retail complex called The Fun Ship

View inside the TSS Duke of Lancaster’s dining area. The ship was abandoned at Llanerch-y-Mor (north-east Wales) in 1979. The boat was transformed into The Fun Ship, which is a floating entertainment and retail center.

To be made into a tourist attraction, the ship was docked near Mostyn on the River Dee in North Wales.

The Funship, a floating leisure facility was planned for it. It had arcade games in its interior.

John Rowley was involved in an altercation with the councillors regarding the future of his ship. It has been empty for more than 40 years.

John and Antony, their son are raising funds to renovate the top decks and make it a bar and restaurant that tourists can use.

Antony stated that the boat has been here since 1979. The inside is the exact same as before. It will be restored with all its original features.

“The region needs it. It needs something. The local community is our goal. We want to bring more people back in the area, so that everyone benefits.

“We have tourists that come to our shoreline to take a look at it, and we already attract them, but now the site will be open to thousands.”

Passengers play bingo aboard the ship. After the huge vessel took its final trip in 1978 it was sold to a Liverpool-based company who wanted to re-use it as a dry docked attraction

The ship’s passengers play bingo. When the enormous vessel made its last voyage in 1978, it was sold by Liverpool to an owner who wanted to make it a dry docked attraction.

The vessel is beached in a poor condition at Llanerch-y-Mor in Flintshire, north-east Wales (location pictured above). It has previously been transformed into an open-air gallery and featured in BBC 2's Coast, a documentary series

The vessel is beached in a poor condition at Llanerch-y-Mor in Flintshire, north-east Wales (location pictured above). The vessel has been previously transformed into an open air gallery, and was featured on BBC 2’s Coast documentary series.

The ship has remained frozen in time at Llanerch-y-Mor near Mostyn in Flintshire, north-east Wales, with the same bar, cinema (pictured above), restaurant and cafeterias

The ship has remained frozen in time at Llanerch-y-Mor near Mostyn in Flintshire, north-east Wales, with the same bar, cinema (pictured above), restaurant and cafeterias

Antony, a child of the ship, hopes that after raising money through fun days at he dock, the top decks on the vessel will be rebuilt within 12 months.

He explained that there were street performers from Covent Garden and live wrestling. There was also a bouncy castle, stall and street vendors.

“We have also built a permanent beach bar. A lifeboat from the beginning is used for a beer bar, so that people can have a beer at the bar.

“All proceeds from these events go into the restoration of the ship.

“The closure of this area was made because there were disputes about the vessel’s access. This has all now been resolved.

“That is why we held the first event, and now we plan to do more. All of our events will be used for restoration.

“Our main objective next is to open the top decks with bars and then slowly we will work our way down.

Antony believes that the ship can be turned into an event space for weddings and parties.

Duke of Lancaster was one of the last passenger-only steamers built for British Railways as the growth of car ownership made that type of vessel obsolete

Duke of Lancaster was one of British Railways’ last passenger-only steamers. This vessel became obsolete with the rise of automobile ownership.

He added, “There are many people here who also want to take part in events.”

“There are many people who would like to hold their weddings in this area. The bar and pier are available for them to put up a marquee or hold a wedding there.

Duke of Lancaster was the first passenger-only steamer built by British Railways.

This vessel was created to serve as both a passenger ferry, and as a cruise boat, allowing you to travel up to Spain, Belgium and Denmark.

Antony said that all local businesses and residents want to see something happen at this location. This has been a long-planned event.

“It has been sitting here so long empty, and we have not been in a position to do anything. Now we are finally able start doing something.”

TSS Duke of Lancaster: A timeline of the passenger ferry that’s been frozen in time for over 40 years

1956: The ship is built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast as a passenger ferry for British Railways, primarily on the Heysham-Belfast route.

The ship can be used as a cruise boat to Spain and the Netherlands.

Circa 1965:The main deck was reconstructed and altered to become a car-ferry.

1970:Resumes for service on the Heysham–Belfast route as a car ferry.

1975:On the way, the vessel was taken out of service.

1975-1978: For a limited time, operated on the Fishguard–Rosslare cross before being assigned as the relief vessel to the Holyhead–Dun Laoghaire operation.

1978:Taken to Barrow-in-Furness (Cumbbria).

1979: Purchased by Empirewise Ltd, who wanted to re-use it as a dry docked attraction, but was later closed following alleged long-standing legal disputes with the local council.

1985:It was once used as a storage facility for a clothing store.

2011: BBC 2’s Coast documentary series featured the actress.

2012: Solitaire Liverpool Ltd. bought the bulk of these coin-operated devices.

2013: A ship transformed into an outdoor gallery

2015:The vessel remains in poor condition in Llanerch-y-Mor, Flintshire in north-east Wales.   

Source: National Historic Ships UK