Morning cruise on Consul to Lulworth Cove.
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.
Thursday 28th July 1960 Princess Elizabeth runs a day trip from Torquay to Plymouth.
Brodick Castle sails from Swanage, Bournemouth and Boscombe to Totland Bay, Isle of Wight, Cowes and Portsmouth.
Lorna Doone scheduled to sail from Southampton to Ryde, Southsea, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor and on round the Isle of Wight.
What were the paddle steamers of what became Red Funnel doing during the King’s Royal Naval Inspection at Spithead in July 1924?
Cardiff Queen scheduled to sail from Swansea. Mumbles Ilfracombe and Clovelly to Lundy Island.
Killingholme carries King George V for the opening ceremony of Immingham Dock.
Glen Gower cancels her sailing from Newhaven to Boulogne due to the weather.
Three paddle steamer offering multiple trip options on the Bristol Channel.
How often did P & A Campbell advertise day trips from Brighton to Bournemouth in 1947?
Choice of afternoon cruises from Bournemouth Pier on three different paddle steamers.
Following her post war rebuild Emperor of India open to the public to inspect her entirely new look.
Jeanie Deans scheduled for the “Round the Lochs and Firth of Clyde” excursion.
Waverley rostered for a day trip from the Sussex resorts to Sandown, Isle of Wight.
For the 1948 summer season P & A Campbell rostered two of their steamers to be based on the Sussex Coast.