Royal Eagle sails from London to Ramsgate.
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.
Bristol Queen arrives back in Southampton at 1.10am after spending the previous day on charter for the Spithead Naval Review.
One hour cruise down the river on a Humber paddle steamer and view the docks.
Empress Queen sails from Avonmouth to Bristol following an accident the previous day.
Saturday 12th June was the first day of the 1948 season for Cardiff Queen.
Empress Queen at her builder’s yard in Troon being converted back to an excursion steamer for P & A Campbell.
What were the eleven South Coast paddle steamers doing on Thursday 9th June 1960?
PSPS chartered Embassy for a trip from Weymouth to Yarmouth with, for any who wanted, an extension round the Isle of Wight.
First trips of the season on the Cardiff Weston ferry service for Duchess of Devonshire.
On Sunday 3rd June 1973 Waverley was off service repairing a burst boiler tube.
War looms for the Humber paddle steamers Tattershall Castle, Wingfield Castle and Killingholme.
What have the Woolwich ferries Squires, Gordon, Will Crooks and John Benn, the Southern Railway’s Freshwater and the GSN’s Crested Eagle all got in common?
Monday 29th May 1967 Embassy had just arrived at Van Heyghen Brothers’s scrapyard in Ghent.
Queen of the South made her first public sailing from Tower Pier to Greenwich, Gravesend, Southend and Herne Bay.