The operators of the pseudo stern wheeler OLIVER CROMWELL are applying to Gloucester City Council for permission to permanently moor the vessel in Gloucester Docks as a floating restaurant. Because the winter season provides no funding for the ship, the operators had considered selling her. The new Gloucester Quays development should be open for business from next spring so this could be a golden opportunity for the OLIVER CROMWELL to take on a new lease of life.
The OLIVER CROMWELL was built at Sharpness in 1993 as a conversion from an ex Dutch barge. The company operates the ship as a hotel with weekly trips from Gloucester to Worcester and weekend trips down the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal to Sharpness.