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Historic 556-tonne boat moved 100 metres down the Thames costing £100m to make way for super sewer tunnel

Plans to move the boat in January ground to a halt when a WW2 bomb was dredged up in the river

A historic boat has completed a £1 million, 100-metre voyage down the Thames .

PS Tattershall Castle, an 83-year-old, 556-tonne paddle steamer was moved in order to make way for the Tideway ' SuperSewer ' clean-up of the River Thames.

The bar and restaurant was due to be moved further west along the Westminster bank of the river in January, but was postponed after an unexploded Second World War bomb was dredged up, shutting down Westminster for several hours.

Three months later, the move took four hours longer than planned after stubborn ironworks keeping the boat securely in place proved near impossible to move.

The paddle steamer is being renovated and will open in late May

The complexities of the short-distance move meant a crew of marine experts had to be drafted in, including the naval architect responsible for salvaging shipwrecked Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in 2015.

The boat now sits opposite the London Eye, near Portcullis House, and is undergoing renovation before opening to the public in late May.

The PS Tattershall Castle operated on the Hull estuary for nearly 40 years before being brought to London's Embankment, where it was opened by the Lord Mayor of London as the city's first floating art gallery and conference centre.

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