Consul on the slipway at Weymouth for survey by the Board of Trade.
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.
Two enthusiasts write to the Bournemouth Echo in support of Monarch and paddle steamer sailings to Swanage.
Cosens’s last master, Capt John Ililffe, left Cosens employ in February 1967 following the announcement of the withdrawal of PS Embassy.
Bournemouth Echo announces Monarch has been sold and the efforts of the PSPS to save her.
On Thursday 22nd January 1953 Victoria left Weymouth for the last time for the scrapyard at Southampton.
Framing almost complete in the construction of Ryde at the Clyde yard of Denny of Dumbarton.
On Saturday 19th January 1963, Tattershall Castle broke free from her Humber moorings in a storm.
HMS Aristocrat ex Talisman on duty providing anti-aircraft cover on the Thames for convoys.
The paddle steamer Sawbwa was in the process of being deconstructed at the Denny yard at Dumbarton on the Clyde.
KC takes a stand at the South East England Tourist Board’s Excursions Fair at Wembley.
On Friday 9th January 1970 Eppleton Hall was one day away from arriving in Cartagena in Columbia.
Meeting with Crescent Shipyard to sign the contract for re-plating KC’s bottom.
Medina launched at the Woolston yard of John J Thornycroft and Co in Southampton.
Friday 5th January 1962 marked the end of the first week of retirement for Captain Larkin after a long career as master with Red Funnel.
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.
Cosens & Co’s General Manager Charles Kaile retires after a career with the company spanning 56 years.