I cannot say quite how overjoyed I am to read this. The Boat, commonly known as the Tuxedo Princess, is finally being turfed out of the river Tyne.
I went once, in October 1994. I think it was the 4th (and I'm kinda concerned that I remember that). I went with a boy that I liked at the time and can't believe I liked now. We stayed ten minutes, during which time we didn't even get close to getting served at the bar, then we left in disgust. I didn't even catch a glimpse of the famous revolving dancefloor.
D used to work on the bar there. He says it was a shithole.
(oh and PS, maybe I can write short posts again. phew.)