Embassy’s first day of the 1960 season.
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 Monday 1st July 1935 Golden Eagle was rostered to run from Tower Pier to Clacton.
Monday 26th June 1961 Medway Queen scheduled to run from Strood to Southend and Herne Bay.
Strong winds cause Embassy’s passengers to return from Yarmouth to Lymington on the BR car ferry and then on to Bournemouth and Swanage by train.
Kingswear Castle runs a single trip from Strood to Gravesend via Southend and Tilbury.
On Wednesday 22nd June 1932 Westward Ho ran her first trip of the season from Plymouth
Emperor of India scheduled for a two hour trip from Weymouth to view HMS Anson leaving Portland with Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh aboard.
Bristol Queen arrives back in Southampton at 1.10am after spending the previous day on charter for the Spithead Naval Review.
One hour cruise down the river on a Humber paddle steamer and view the docks.
PSPS chartered Embassy for a trip from Weymouth to Yarmouth with, for any who wanted, an extension round the Isle of Wight.
First trips of the season on the Cardiff Weston ferry service for Duchess of Devonshire.
What was the secret of the success of local paddle steamer trips from Weymouth?
Monday 29th May 1967 Embassy alongside at Van Heyghen Brothers’s scrapyard in Ghent.
Queen of the South made her first public sailing from Tower Pier to Greenwich, Gravesend, Southend and Herne Bay.
Red Funnel’s newly acquired Lorna Doone makes her inaugural cruise from Bournemouth.
Cargo paddle steamer Lord Elgin makes her last crossing between Cowes and Southampton.
P & A Campbells’s Waverley rostered for a day trip from Brighton to Eastbourne, Hastings and on to Folkestone for 2 hours ashore.