On Easter Sunday 16th April 2006 Kingswear Castle was running half hour trips from the Historic Dockyard Chatham on the hour every hour.
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.
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.
Glen Usk opens the season running on the Cardiff/Penarth/Barry/Weston ferry service.
The Admiralty announced that Lorna Doone made direct hits with her guns on two of the three German Dornier Bombers which had been attacking her.
Boiler and engine of Princess Elizabeth found in lockup just outside Basingstoke.
Cosens held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 29th March 1955 in the company’s board room in the office at Weymouth.
Princess Elizabeth being refitted at Southampton by her new owners Torbay Steamers Ltd.
The Clyde’s new car ferry Arran carries her 2,000th passenger and causes a change of roster for the paddle steamers.
Bristol Queen had rounded Lands End under tow and was on her way to the breaker’s yard in Belgium.
Dorset Echo reports progress on the demolition of Monarch in the scrapyard in Cork.