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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.

27th January 1967 Capt J C W Iliffe

Consul A/S Weymouth pleasure Pier 30 July 1962 Capt Iliffe on the bridge.John Megoran


Cosens’s last master, Capt John Ililffe, left Cosens employ in February 1967 following the announcement of the withdrawal of PS Embassy.

17th January 1961 Monarch

Monarch at Weymouth. Cosens's office at 10, Custom House Quay is the building on the left with the white lettering on a black background.


Dorset Evening Echo reports that Monarch has been put up for sale.

13th January 1937 Sawbwa

Sawbwa built for the Irrawaddy Flotilla.


The paddle steamer Sawbwa was in the process of being deconstructed at the Denny yard at Dumbarton on the Clyde.

7th January 1986 Sir Steuart Pringle

Sir Steuart Pringle bringing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher aboard Kingswear Castle 11th June 1987. KC's then mate Chris Smith on the left.Stafford Ellerman


Meeting with Lieutenant General Sir Steuart Pringle KCB, DSc, LLB.

2nd January 1884 South of Ireland

South of Ireland (left) and Aquila in Weymouth Harbour.


Cosens & Co’s passenger carrying paddle tug Queen leads the attempt to salvage the paddle steamer South of Ireland which had run aground on Christmas Eve.

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