What were the River Dart paddle steamers Compton Castle, Kingswear Castle and Totnes Castle doing on this day?
John Megoran recalls the heyday and decline paddle steamers, particularly the Weymouth based paddle steamers that he grew up with, hoping that one day he would captain a paddle steamer.
He did realise his ambition – and more – restoring, managing and as principal captain of PS Kingswear Castle for nearly 30 years on both the Medway and Thames.
John has written several books about paddle and pleasure steamers that may be found here.
Last trip of the 1964 season for Princess Elizabeth from the Weymouth Pleasure Pier through the Town Bridge to her winter lay-up berth in the Backwater.
Bristol Queen de-stored and prepared for her winter lay-up having finished her season the previous day.
Southsea and Whippingham scheduled to run long afternoon cruises from Portsmouth and Southsea.
What were these two paddle steamers scheduled to do on Sunday 11th September 1932?
Saturday 9th September 1950 should have been the penultimate day in service of Royal Eagle. But was it?
Cosens’s Monarch made her last trips of the season on Thursday 8th September 1960.
What were Queen of Southend and Essex Queen scheduled to do on Monday 6th September 1937?
Monarch advertised for a trip from Bournemouth to Swanage and Weymouth to see the troops.
With war about to be declared P & A Campbell cancelled all further Sussex Coast sailings and ordered Brighton Queen, Waverley and Glen Gower to return to the Bristol Channel.
Victoria scheduled for a trip from Weymouth to West Bay, Lyme Regis and Seaton.
Monarch’s Late Night New Orleans Jazz Cruise, “The River Boat Shuffle”, with Gerry Brown’s Jazzmen and the Kapota cancelled.
On Monday 28th August 1967 Kingswear Castle arrived under tow at Binfield on the Isle of Wight on charter to the Ridett brothers who then owned Medway Queen.
Duke of Devonshire offers two round trips Torquay/Sidmouth and an afternoon cruise to St Mary’s Bay.
Royal Sovereign & London Belle scheduled to sail from London and Greenwich to Margate and Ramsgate on Sunday 26th August 1928.
On Wednesday 24th August 1960 Princess Elizabeth’s trips from Torquay were cancelled.
Britannia scheduled for the long day trip from Bristol to Cardiff and Ilfracombe.
Princess Elizabeth on charter at Weymouth for scenes for the big screen movie Gordon of Khartoum starring Charlton Heston.