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.
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.
Belle Steamers place an order with Denny to build a new paddle steamer to be called Southend Belle.
Sunday paddle steamer service between Portsmouth and Ryde in October 1922.
On Monday 18th October 1920 P & A Campbell’s Britannia entered the yard of A & J Inglis in Glasgow to have a new boiler fitted.
Memorial service for Tony McGinnity doyen of paddle steamer preservation in the 1960s.
Sandown left Portsmouth, sailed down the Western Solent, across Poole Bay, rounded Anvil Point and St. Albans Head bound for Weymouth.
Caledonia rostered to run the Sunday ferry service from Gourock to Millport
After her trial two weeks running on the Bristol Channel Vecta set off for the yard of Cosens at Weymouth for a major overhaul.
On 11th October 1961 Lyme Regis Council met to discuss what to do about damage to their harbour allegedly caused by Princess Elizabeth that season.
On Saturday 4th October 1919 Duchess of Devonshire arrives back at Exmouth having spent the summer running on the Bristol Channel.
Members of the PSPS Wessex Branch take a trip around Portsmouth Harbour on the Paddle Tug Grinder.