Waverley made her triumphant return to service in August 2020 following her boiler refit. However Waverley is now critically short of funds to survive this winter. Without further support she can’t return to service in 2021. We are therefore asking for your help by donating to Waverley’s COVID-19 Relief Appeal.

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Megoran’s Musings

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.

25th June 1958 Embassy

Embassy 21st August 1958.


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.

21st June 1949 Emperor of India

Emperor of India A/S Weymouth Pleasure Pier 22nd May 1952


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.

16th June 1953 Bristol Queen

Bristol Queen at the 1953 Spithead Review & fitted with radar.


Bristol Queen arrives back in Southampton at 1.10am after spending the previous day on charter for the Spithead Naval Review.

5th June 1965 Embassy

Embassy arriving at Bournemouth 1965.


PSPS chartered Embassy for a trip from Weymouth to Yarmouth with, for any who wanted, an extension round the Isle of Wight.

29th May 1967 Embassy

Embassy passing though Weymouth Town Bridge for the last time 3rd May 1967.


Monday 29th May 1967 Embassy alongside at Van Heyghen Brothers’s scrapyard in Ghent.

26th April 1927 Waverley

P & A Campbells's Waverley.


P & A Campbells’s Waverley rostered for a day trip from Brighton to Eastbourne, Hastings and on to Folkestone for 2 hours ashore.

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