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Archive: January 2021

Paddle Steamer Captain John Hayward

Princess Elizabeth arriving at Millbay Plymouth 16th June 1960. Sir John Hawkins and Sir Richard Grenville in background.

Captain John Hayward’s career on Cunard liners, ocean salvage vessels and a paddle steamer.

31st January 1961 Monarch

Monarch passing through the Weymouth Town Bridge for the last time, 31st January 1961.

Monarch towed from her berth in the Weymouth Backwater and down the harbour to the Pleasure Pier to await the sea-going tug to tow her to the scrapyard in Ireland.

27th January 1967 Capt J C W Iliffe

Consul A/S Weymouth pleasure Pier 30 July 1962 Capt Iliffe on the bridge.John Megoran

Cosens’s last master, Capt John Ililffe, left Cosens employ in February 1967 following the announcement of the withdrawal of PS Embassy.

17th January 1961 Monarch

Monarch at Weymouth. Cosens's office at 10, Custom House Quay is the building on the left with the white lettering on a black background.

Dorset Evening Echo reports that Monarch has been put up for sale.

13th January 1937 Sawbwa

Sawbwa built for the Irrawaddy Flotilla.

The paddle steamer Sawbwa was in the process of being deconstructed at the Denny yard at Dumbarton on the Clyde.

7th January 1986 Sir Steuart Pringle

Sir Steuart Pringle bringing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher aboard Kingswear Castle 11th June 1987. KC's then mate Chris Smith on the left.Stafford Ellerman

Meeting with Lieutenant General Sir Steuart Pringle KCB, DSc, LLB.