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Sir William WallaceAll the ferries were built by William Denny & Brothers Ltd who also operated the Queensferry Passage.
Maurice Denny championed the expansion of the ferry service in the 1930s, providing and operating two additional ferries on behalf of the London and North Eastern Railway that aimed to  supplement the services of the adjacent railway bridge. Their success allowed for the addition of two more craft in the 1940s and 1950s.

The Robert The Bruce was the first all welded vessel as well as the Enginefirst with diesel-electric paddles. Details of the Paxman engines used on the Robert The Bruce and Queen Margaret have kindly been supplied by Richard Carr.

The ferries only had a draught of approximately 4 ft 6 inches which made them difficult to manoeuver in high winds. Newspaper articles record how the ferries on occasions ran aground during gales. The number of times this occurred however was relatively few.

Their service speed was 8 knots and the 6 crew consisted of a Captain, Mate, Engineer,Bruce Ticket Clerk and two Deckhands.
Despite high winds, sea fog and the occasional breakdown the ferries ran at a 99.97% efficiency.

The ferries were making 40,000 trips a year and carrying 900,000 vehicles. The Forth Road Bridge which replaced the ferries had 4 Million crossings in its first year and currently is approximately 24 Million. Construction of a further bridge across the River Forth is now required when completed it will be called the Queensferry Crossing.

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