A Peep into the Past

“A Peep into the Past” was introduced to mark the 50th anniversary of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society’s journal “Paddle Wheels”.

Instalments of “A Peep into the Past” were published in Paddle Wheels starting in 1985 and are compiled from the edition which appeared 25 years previously. The first article takes you back to 1960.

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Spring 1995


  • Kingswear Castle
  • Scottish Branch silver jubilee
  • We have "Maid" progress!
  • And 50 years ago...
  • Plus 80 years ago... Paddling down the Thames

Winter 1994


  • Launch of Heritage Afloat
  • Teddy bears at sea
  • River closures disrupt sailings
  • Chairman's notes
  • A Vice-President's notebook
  • And 50 years ago...

Spring 1994


  • 1994 - Make or break year
  • Kingswear Castle's 10th anniversary cruise
  • And 50 years ago...
  • Plus 140 years ago, quiz answers from last edition and more...

Summer 1992


  • £300,000 must be raised by 1995 to keep Waverley and Kingswear Castle sailing
  • New looks for Waverley and Balmoral
  • Maid of the Loch's future again in doubt
  • Roddy McIsaac - Bosun, Waverley
  • KC report
  • And 50 years ago...

Spring 1992


  • Russell – take a bow!
  • Captains' Club
  • New propellers for Balmoral
  • KC heard but not seen
  • Work on Ryde's hull
  • Medway Queen report
  • Waverley winter activity
  • And 50 years ago...

Winter 1991


  • Premature end to Waverley's 1991 season
  • KC report - Aylesford trip proves popular
  • Medway Queen
  • Mr. SC Smith-Cox
  • Balmoral to Liverpool
  • And 50 years ago...

Autumn 1991


  • Ryde's uncertain future
  • 50 year wait ends!
  • Parisienne Princess
  • Nick Knight's fine work recalled
  • My trip to the Scillies with Balmoral
  • Kingswear Castle report
  • And 50 years ago...

Summer 1991


  • The paddle wheel history
  • Superb day out
  • Medway hosts four paddlers
  • A day in the life of KC
  • Snowbound Medway Queen
  • And 50 years ago...

Spring 1991


  • A Vice President's notebook
  • Waverley's wheels
  • November novelty!
  • Piers in the picture
  • Paddler pot pourri
  • And 50 years ago...

Winter 1990


  • Waverley present as QE2 makes triumphant return
  • Basil's surprise, surprise!
  • So near but yet so far
  • Maid of the Loch and Countess Fiona sold
  • Teddy bears ahoy
  • And 50 years ago...

Summer 1990


  • Easter snow
  • Medway Queen report
  • Find for historical trust
  • Wingfield Castle
  • A Vice-President's notebook
  • And 50 years ago...

Winter 1989


  • Bristol Channel highlights
  • South East
  • Up-river exploration
  • Restoration plan for Maid of the Loch
  • Memorable celebration
  • A Vice President's notebook
  • And 50 years ago...

Autumn 1989


  • Clevedon Pier re-opened
  • Southend Pier's centenary
  • Pilgrimage to Medway Queen
  • Prospects for a record season
  • Balmoral at Yarmouth Pier
  • And 50 years ago...

Summer 1989


  • Balmoral misses spring sailings
  • Bristol Channel branch dinner
  • Medway Queen
  • New Year with the St. Killian
  • And 50 years ago...

Spring 1989


  • Record number of teddy bears sail on Balmoral
  • Wingfield Castle progress
  • Lincoln Castle opens in Grimsby
  • Queen Mary
  • A new Commodore Club ticket
  • Branch news
  • And 50 years ago...

Summer 1988


  • Chairman's comments
  • Bristol Channel Branch
  • Scottish Branch
  • Waverley back in service
  • Promoting Kingswear Castle
  • Medway Queen
  • And 50 years ago...

Spring 1988


  • Vintage bus to vintage steamer
  • Medway Queen on the move
  • Princess Elizabeth for Paris
  • Queen Mary dry docked at Chatham
  • Eileen Pritchard – PSPS member No. 1
  • Our Society by another name
  • And 50 years ago...

Winter 1987


  • Boiler problems
  • Clyde's bitter sweet summer
  • Paddle steamer week at Ramsgate
  • Balmoral keeps the flag flying
  • Nine years late
  • New owners for Ryde Queen
  • And 50 years ago...

Autumn 1987


  • KC on the election trail
  • KC in television spotlight
  • Loch Long revisited
  • Bristol Channel decision pays dividend
  • A remarkable trio
  • And 50 years ago...
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