Majestic sails from Bournemouth for a Spithead Naval Review.
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.
Consul’s first sailing of the season from Weymouth to Swanage and Bournemouth.
On Monday 1st July 1935 Golden Eagle was rostered to run from Tower Pier to Clacton.
What was the secret of the success of local paddle steamer trips from Weymouth?
Monarch rescues two almost naked men from a dinghy called Dumbo off the Old Harry Rocks in Poole Bay.
Embassy runs a trip from Bournemouth & Swanage to view the American nuclear submarine Nautilus at Portland.
Consul runs trips to view the American nuclear powered submarine USS Skipjack.
How did Swanage Queen get on at Bournemouth in 1961 and what was her legacy?
Jeanie Deans replaced Queen Mary II on the “Down the River” cruise from Glasgow.
Ryde ran a special cruise from Southsea to meet round the world yachtsman Alec Rose in 1968.
A trip on the Ammersee aboard Europe’s latest paddler Herrsching built as recently as 2002.
Most often associated with the Southampton to Cowes ferry and pottering about in the Solent, the Lizzie hit excursion peaks just after the Second World War.
Fifty summers ago, in 1964, there were still four paddle steamers operating on the Clyde, the Jeanie Deans, Waverley, Caledonia and Talisman.