Monday 29th May 1967 Embassy had just arrived at Van Heyghen Brothers’s scrapyard in Ghent.
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.
Queen of the South made her first public sailing from Tower Pier to Greenwich, Gravesend, Southend and Herne Bay.
Princess Elizabeth positioned from Plymouth following her dry-docking in readiness to start her season at Torquay.
The new Lorna Doone’s inaugural cruise from Bournemouth with invited guest
Consul and Princess Elizabeth both undergoing final preparations for starting their seasons running from Weymouth this Whitsun weekend in competition.
Running trials with the DTP, the then licencing authority for issuing the Passenger Certificates.
Consul was the last of Cosens’s paddle steamers to be returned to service after the Second World War.
P & A Campbell’s Glen Gower and Waverley set from from Cardiff for Brighton.
Jeanie Deans on charter to the Scottish Locomotive Preservation Fund for a rare trip to Ardrishaig.