On 4th October 1961 Bristol Queen, by then laid up for the winter in Cardiff Docks after finishing her own season with sailings on the Cardiff Weston ferry on 19th September, was hastily reactivated and returned to service to cover the last trips of the season which had been scheduled for Cardiff Queen.
Unfortunately Cardiff Queen had been dogged by problems with her steering gear that summer having to return on the hand gear several times. This happened again on her return from Ilfracombe on 1st October after which the management decided that enough was enough so she was withdrawn and laid up.
It was therefore Bristol Queen which unexpectedly was back in service from 4th October 1961 and ran the last trip of the season to Ilfracombe on 8th October with about 350 aboard. The following day she was on the roster for the Cardiff Weston ferry before retiring for the second time in three weeks to Cardiff where she joined Cardiff Queen for winter lay-up, Penarth Dock being unavailable that year due to its closure.