For the past 55 years they have shipped millions of people in East London across the River Thames.
But earlier this month three Woolwich Ferries made their final voyage, marking the end of an era that started in Dundee in 1963.
Built by the Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, the boats replaced the capital’s paddle steamer ferries.
The three vessels were named after prominent politicians – John Burns, Ernest Bevin and James Newman.
The John Burns was built in the early 1963 and named after the English trade unionist and politician of the same name.
It was the first of the vessels to be deployed on April 9.
Ernest Bevin was the second boat to launch from the Caledon Shipbuilding dock.
Named after the Labour politician and trade union leader, it set sail on June 23 1963.
The last boat to leave the Dundee docks was the James Newman, named after a former Woolwich mayor, on September 11 1963.
The boats cost more than £800,000 in total to build and could accommodate up to 1,000 passengers per journey.
Caledon had built ships and gained a reputation for quality and longevity that was rewarded by repeat business over many decades.
From 1874-1981, the Caledon shipyard produced vessels of all shapes and sizes, from trawlers to merchant vessels and even an aircraft carrier.
During the shipyard’s 107-year presence at the docks, workers built 509 ships including 20 barges.
Pat McCluskey, 71, worked on the ships at the age of just 15 as a welder’s boy with his father Tom.
He said: “They were the first ships I ever worked on. At the time there must have been 2,000 folk people working at Caledon.
“The ferries were built on slipways, they weren’t big vessels.
“I’ve got a picture of myself working on the Newman – I worked on the three of them. I worked on these ships with my father.
“There were a lot of fathers and sons that worked in the shipyard at that time.
“I started working on them in 1962 but I’m sure work started on them in ’61.
“I was aware these ships were in the press recently and it had been my intention to go down to go on the ferries but I never got the chance.”
Having completed their final journeys, the ferries will now head to a recycling yard at Le Havre in northern France.
The Woolwich Ferry service will be closed until December before reopening with two new diesel-electric hybrid boats.
Dave Fisher, head of London river services at Transport for London, said: “The John Burns, Ernest Bevin and James Newman ferries have given London excellent service for the last 55 years.
“Many local users and staff had grown attached to the boats and it was emotional moment for many when the final service set sail on October 5.
“We now look forward to introducing the future ferries, where we have made significant improvements from the previous vessels, and we are sure they will provide the same great service to London.”