Queensferry Passage ferries on River Forth.

Ferries that operated on the River Forth.

Welcome to this web site which contains details of the ferries that operated on the Firth of Forth on the route was called the Queensferry Passage. The ferries operated between North Queensferry and South Queensferry.

The Bruce
Spot The Difference

The four vessels are very similar, if the names on the hull are not visible how can each be identified? The photographs below may help also reference to the images in the Gallery section of this site may assist.

The clues to look out for are the last two ferries built have diagonal steps running from the paddle housing to the wheel house. The earlier vessels have vertical steps. The Sir William Wallace and the Mary Queen of Scots can then be identified as the Wallace is larger, this results in a longer gap between the paddle housing and the ramp.
It is still difficult to separate the two older vessels however Ian Campbell the son of Duncan Campbell an Engineer on the ferries came up with the solution.

"On the Bruce the main access ladder was forward of the bridge, and aft of the bridge on the Margaret. Even more visible from a distance was the arrangement of the saloon windows. Margaret had an even spacing of 2 portholes, 2 square windows and 2 portholes. On the Bruce there was a porthole between the two square windows, and only one porthole on each side for the store over the rudder."
The Sir William Wallace and the Mary Queen of Scots have diagonal steps but they are not the same as the photos aside show. The Mary's steps go to the top of the Bridge while the Wallace's go to floor level of the Bridge. Many thanks to Stephen Reid skipper of the Robert The Bruce for this information.
There is another way to identify the Sir William Wallace, it is the only vessel in the fleet with two Lifeboats. The 'nearside' lifeboat on the Wallace is slung from an inboard jib/crane whereas the equivalent boat on the other vessels is slung from a pair of traditional outboard davits. The Wallace is the only boat to have a second lifeboat, which oddly enough is slung from traditional davits. Thanks go to Alan Murray-Rust who helpfully advised this useful identification pointer.