In November 1937 Red Funnel’s Mauretania ex Queen renamed Corfe Castle.
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.
The paddle steamer Cleethorpes left her builders yard in Dundee for the Humber.
Old John makes things happen for Eppleton Hall moored in Mindello Harbour.
Captain William Cosens, brother of Captain Joseph Cosens founder of Cosens & Co, buried in Melcombe Regis.
Having already topped up her bunkers at Holyhead and Falmouth on the way, Jeanie Deans makes a call at Southampton to top them up once again.
On Monday 11th November 1963 Caledonia came close to being blown ashore on the rocks off Millport after damaging her port paddle wheel.
Jeanie Deans shifts ship to the fitting out basin at Lamont’s Shipyard Port Glasgow.
Red Funnel’s Solent Queen arrived at the scrapyard of T W Ward at Grays in Essex.
Bournemouth Echo expands on its announcement the previous day that Bournemouth Queen was to be withdrawn.
On Monday 29th October Stadt Luzern’s outgoing Captain Kuno Stein and her new master Roger Maurer spent the day clearing the ship’s bridge and office.
Belle Steamers place an order with Denny to build a new paddle steamer to be called Southend Belle.