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.
Paddle Steamer Consul arrived on the Thames on 14th September 1963 but things didn’t quite go to plan.
Bournemouth Echo expands on its announcement the previous day that Bournemouth Queen was to be withdrawn.
Princess Elizabeth’s last trip of the season from Torquay to Lyme Regis on 15th September 1960.
What sort of day trips were offered by the paddle steamers running from Bournemouth in the summer of 1953?
How are the Swiss paddle steamers manned and what is the route to becoming a captain?
On Thursday 19th August 1926 Columba was scheduled to leave Glasgow on the “Royal Route” for Rothesay, Colintraive, Tighnabruaich, Tarbet and Ardrishaig.
Cardiff Queen scheduled to run from Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton to Shanklin, Isle of Wight.
Although not propelled by paddle wheels I tend to think of La Duchesse de Normandie as an honorary paddle steamer.
Snowden scheduled for a day trip from Llandudno to Caernarvon on Monday 11th August 1930.
Monarch rostered for the day on the Swanage service followed by an evening run to Totland Bay, Isle of Wight.
Victoria scheduled to run from Weymouth to Swanage and Totland Bay, Isle of Wight.
On Wednesday 7th August 1963 Embassy ran a day trip from Poole via Bournemouth to Yarmouth and Cowes, Isle of Wight.