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.

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.

16th May 1949 Lorna Doone

Lorna Doone's sister Solent Queen in her earlier incarnation as Queen of Thanet.


The new Lorna Doone’s inaugural cruise from Bournemouth with invited guest

12th May 1949 Consul

Consul off Weymouth, 1949.


Consul was the last of Cosens’s paddle steamers to be returned to service after the Second World War.

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