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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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...

Summer 1987


  • Last departure
  • Medway Queen
  • Restoration to start
  • Lifebelt's long trip home
  • North of the Border
  • The Murray River paddlers
  • New PSPS book
  • And 50 years ago...

Spring 1987


  • KC awakes!
  • More hard facts - By Waverley's captain
  • Medway Queen restoration project
  • Charitable status
  • And 50 years ago...

Winter 1986


  • Paddler back in Bristol
  • Poor Solent weather
  • Kingswear Castle at Whitstable
  • Return of the Gisela
  • Medway Queen
  • And 50 years ago...

Summer 1986


  • Steam heritage award for Kingswear Castle
  • Birth of the 'new' Balmoral
  • Waverley diary
  • Will Maid of the Loch's engine turn again?
  • 40 years to the day at Bristol
  • Paddle steamers of North America

Autumn 1985


  • Balmoral donations flood in!
  • Medway Queen Society formed
  • Revival of a tradition
  • Kingswear Castle report
  • From the Chairman

Spring 1985


  • From the Chairman
  • Waverley
  • London & Home Counties Branch
  • Bristol Channel Branch
  • Wessex Branch
  • Scottish Branch
  • North of England Branch
  • Turning point in Kingswear Castle's destiny

Spring 1984


  • Log of the Paddle Vessel Kingswear Castle
  • The climax to ten years of restoration
  • Wintering German fashion
  • Waverley diary

Spring 1983


  • Engines run again after 15 years
  • Bristol Channel Branch
  • Waverley
  • New boilers for world's oldest paddle steamer
  • A Brazilian paddle steamer adventure

Winter 1982


  • Our most remarkable members
  • Waverley's busiest year
  • Maid of the Loch
  • Medway Queen moved to fresh mooring
  • Kingswear Castle

Autumn 1982


  • Waverley cruising round Great Britain
  • Just part of the KC story
  • Compton Castle's new role
  • Maritime England Rally 1982

Summer 1982


  • Manxman weekend
  • Maid of the Loch sold
  • Kingswear Castle report
  • Waverley gets 5-year certificate
  • Hjejlen sails into her 122nd year
  • Goethe is Rhine's lone 1982 paddler

Winter 1981


  • Momentous twelve months
  • Scottish Branch news
  • Tattershall Castle moved to Kent
  • Faithful withdrawn
  • White Swan completes 125 years

Autumn 1981


  • 'Unbelievable' early season
  • Medway pirates
  • Humber ferry finale
  • Kingswear Castle
  • Prince Ivanhoe
  • Boob of the month

Summer 1981


  • Bristol Channel news
  • Maid of the Loch sails on
  • Prince Ivanhoe
  • Waverley - New boiler installed
  • Kingswear Castle back in the water

Spring 1981


  • New boiler project is up to schedule
  • Prince Ivanhoe sails north
  • Bristol Channel cruises under the Waverley banner
  • Kingswear Castle progress report
  • North of the Border

Winter 1980


  • PSPS celebrates coming of age
  • Shanklin joins the fleet
  • Maid of the Loch hits the headlines
  • Kingswear Castle
  • Caledonia's untimely end
  • John H Amos
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