Press cruise for the brand new Mercury and Caledonia.
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.
P & A Campbells’s Waverley rostered for a day trip from Brighton to Eastbourne, Hastings and on to Folkestone for two hours ashore.
On 25th April 1963 Bristol Queen was towed out of Weymouth Backwater through the Town Bridge.
On Sunday 24th April 1960 Princess Elizabeth was raising steam in preparation for running trials in Southampton Water.
Princess Elizabeth sails from Dartmouth to Plymouth for her annual dry-docking 20th April 1961.
The Southern Railway’s paddle steamer Merstone rescues passengers from Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth which was aground on the Brambles Bank.
On Easter Sunday 16th April 2006 Kingswear Castle was running half hour trips from the Historic Dockyard Chatham on the hour every hour.
All of Westward Ho’s Bristol Channel services cancelled due to the weather.
Glen Gower arrives in the scrapyard at Boom near Antwerp in the River Scheldt.
Loire Princesse on the second day of her maiden voyage along the River Loire.