Princess Elizabeth on charter at Weymouth for scenes for the big screen movie Gordon of Khartoum starring Charlton Heston.
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.
On Thursday 19th August 1926 Columba was scheduled to leave Glasgow on the “Royal Route” for Rothesay, Colintraive, Tighnabruaich, Tarbet and Ardrishaig.
On Tuesday 18th August 1953 you could have had the opportunity to take any of 15 departures from Bournemouth Pier on any one of four different paddle steamers.
Bristol Queen scheduled to run from Bristol to Clevedon, Cardiff, Penarth, Barry and Ilfracombe.
Balmoral scheduled to sail from Southampton to Ryde, Southsea, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor an Bournemouth.
Cardiff Queen scheduled to run from Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton to Shanklin, Isle of Wight.
Snowden scheduled for a day trip from Llandudno to Caernarvon on Monday 11th August 1930.
Monarch rostered for the day on the Swanage service followed by an evening run to Totland Bay, Isle of Wight.
Victoria scheduled to run from Weymouth to Swanage and Totland Bay, Isle of Wight.
On Wednesday 7th August 1963 Embassy ran a day trip from Poole via Bournemouth to Yarmouth and Cowes, Isle of Wight.
3rd August 1937 Balmoral spends the night at anchor in fog with 125 passenger aboard.
Southern Railway ran a Rail and Steamer excursion from London to the Isle of Wight by fast electric trains to Brighton thence by P & A Campbell’s steamer.
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.
Cardiff Queen scheduled to sail from Swansea. Mumbles Ilfracombe and Clovelly to Lundy Island.