The passenger boat normally moored near the lakeside car park at Llanberis was built in Bridlington, Yorkshire, in 1946 in anticipation of a new wave of tourism after the Second World War. Named Shamrock II, it provided local cruises from Scarborough until one of its owners, Frank Dalton, was killed in a lifeboat accident in December 1951. He was awarded a posthumous bronze medal for his part in rescuing 10 Dutch sailors from a ship. During the rescue he was crushed between the ship and lifeboat, and died soon afterwards on the boat.
The boat, 45 metres in length and driven by a Ford diesel engine, was renamed Southampton Star by summer 1952 and provided cruises from the Royal Pier, Southampton. From 1975 it operated from Torquay, Devon. It was moved to Llyn Padarn in 1999 and renamed Seren yr Wyddfa/Snowdon Star. It is on the register of National Historic Vessels and continues to provide lake cruises from the jetty near the National Slate Museum, Llanberis.
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