Such a shame that we don’t look after our recent history

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My anorak was certainly ruffled by the wonderful picture printed in The News last Saturday, showing the last Portsmouth paddle steamer Ryde leaving the harbour, with the diesel ferry Southsea arriving.

It was taken in 1970 and Ryde had been out of service a year by then. By the looks of it, she was heading to the Isle of Wight for the last time to become a nightclub on the River Medina.

She’s still there, but sadly as a rusting, twisted wreck when really she should be at sea in the Solent, celebrating our maritime heritage.

She evacuated troops at Dunkirk and operated as a minesweeper before returning home in 1946.

What a shame we don’t look after our more recent history.