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”.

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Spring 1996


  • 25 Years Ago… Trust are the Maid's New Owners
  • The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Paddle Steamers Course
  • The End of an Era? - DDSG diesel paddlers

Winter 1995


  • 25 years ago... Chairman's comments
  • Commemorative cruises
  • Waverley's Thames Diary
  • And 50 years ago... Lincoln Castle on special duty
  • Plus 66 years ago... Newhaven to Boulogne aboard Glen Gower

Autumn 1995


  • 25 years ago... Waverley to the rescue!
  • Plus 66 years ago... Don Anderson remembered a busy Bristol Channel season

Summer 1995


  • 25 years ago... Three new ships?
  • And 50 years ago... PS Caledonia sold
  • Plus 65 years ago... Southend Pier – 16 daily excursion steamer calls

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 1993


  • The Maid at 40
  • Our ships call again at Weston & Cardiff
  • First call at Otter Ferry since 1914
  • And 50 years ago...

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...

Autumn 1990


  • 30 years of Paddle Wheels
  • Waverley at Dunkirk
  • Medway Queen commemorative service
  • Waverley diary
  • 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...

Autumn 1988


  • Bristol Channel highlights
  • Pleasure cruising from East Sussex
  • Up the creek without paddles
  • And 50 years ago...
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