The last of the steam driven cross river chain ferries to operate on the Clyde was laid up in semi retirement after the opening of the Erskine Bridge in 1971. From that time onwards she operated only when required to relieve the diesel chain ferry that operated across the river between Renfrew and Yoker until 1984. She remained in the 'Pudzeoch' basin after the cessation of the chain ferry service and was eventually fitted with a glass canopy over her vehicle deck to serve as Renfrew District's contribution to the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival. There were hopes that the vessel would be retained at Renfrew as a suitable reminder of both the 500 year old ferry service and Renfrew's shipbuilding heritage (over 2000 vessels being built in the Royal Burgh). However, unlike in other lands with much less significant maritime heritage, the local authorities of Clydeside have consistantly shown little enthusiasm to preserve meaningful artefacts of the working folk history and the heritage of the industries that provided much of the wealth from which they developed. The old steam ferry was allowed to deteriorate to a point where her destruction was the only option. As elsewhere around the coasts of Great Britain, Renfrew, despite having a ship in its coat of arms, seems determined to wipe its maritime connections from memory.