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.

16th June 1953 Bristol Queen

Bristol Queen at the 1953 Spithead Review and fitted with radar.


Bristol Queen arrives back in Southampton at 1.10am after spending the previous day on charter for the Spithead Naval Review.

11th June 1947 Empress Queen

Empress Queen running between Stranraer and Larne in the war.


Empress Queen at her builder’s yard in Troon being converted back to an excursion steamer for P & A Campbell.

5th June 1965 Embassy

Embassy arriving at Bournemouth 1965.


PSPS chartered Embassy for a trip from Weymouth to Yarmouth with, for any who wanted, an extension round the Isle of Wight.

Crested Eagle

Crested Eagle 1939.


What have the Woolwich ferries Squires, Gordon, Will Crooks and John Benn, the Southern Railway’s Freshwater and the GSN’s Crested Eagle all got in common?

29th May 1967 Embassy

Embassy passing though Weymouth Town Bridge for the last time 3rd May 1967.


Monday 29th May 1967 Embassy had just arrived at Van Heyghen Brothers’s scrapyard in Ghent.

28th May 1966 Queen of the South

Queen of the South (ex Jeanie Deans) is seen on 9th June 1967 in the Pool of London.PSPS Collection


Queen of the South made her first public sailing from Tower Pier to Greenwich, Gravesend, Southend and Herne Bay.

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