Brighton Belle struck by lightning off Eastbourne.
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.
Jeanie Deans scheduled for the “Round the Lochs and Firth of Clyde” excursion.
Waverley rostered for a day trip from the Sussex resorts to Sandown, Isle of Wight.
For the 1948 summer season P & A Campbell rostered two of their steamers to be based on the Sussex Coast.
Sunday 30th June was the first day of the 1963 season for the Princess Elizabeth for her new career as Weymouth’s paddle steamer.
Monday 26th June 1961 Medway Queen scheduled to run from Strood to Southend and Herne Bay.
Strong winds cause Embassy’s passengers to return from Yarmouth to Lymington on the BR car ferry and then on to Bournemouth and Swanage by train.
On Sunday 24th June 1962 Bristol Queen operated the first trip since before the Second World War from Cardiff to Milford Haven via Ilfracombe.
Three P & A Campbell paddle steamers were scheduled to make calls at Eastbourne Pier.
Kingswear Castle runs a single trip from Strood to Gravesend via Southend and Tilbury.
On Wednesday 22nd June 1932 Westward Ho ran her first trip of the season from Plymouth.
Emperor of India scheduled for a two hour trip from Weymouth to view HMS Anson leaving Portland with Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh aboard.
Bristol Queen arrives back in Southampton at 1.10am after spending the previous day on charter for the Spithead Naval Review.