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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.

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 two hours ashore.

17th April 1947 Merstone


The Southern Railway’s paddle steamer Merstone rescues passengers from Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth which was aground on the Brambles Bank.

9th April 1964 Ryde

Ryde and Sandown alongside the pontoon off the Harbour Station at Portsmouth.Keith Abraham


Ryde on the grid at Newhaven for underwater survey.

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