Megoran’s Musings

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.

9th April 1964 Ryde

Ryde and Sandown alongside the pontoon off the Harbour Station at Portsmouth.Keith Abraham


Ryde on the grid at Newhaven for underwater survey.

3rd April 1941 Lorna Doone

Lorna Doone passing Cowes.


The Admiralty announced that Lorna Doone made direct hits with her guns on two of the three German Dornier Bombers which had been attacking her.

29th March 1955 Cosens’s AGM

Cosens's Consul, Monarch and Embassy laid up for the winter at Weymouth Harbour around 1954.


Cosens held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 29th March 1955 in the company’s board room in the office at Weymouth.

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