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.

5th August 1963 Consul

Consul leaving Weymouth 23 May 1963. For this season only she sported a primrose funnel and bottle green hull.


Consul scheduled to run trips from Brighton’s Palace Pier.

26th July 1934 Lorna Doone

Princess Elizabeth & Lorna Doone leaving the Royal Pier, Southampton.


Lorna Doone scheduled to sail from Southampton to Ryde, Southsea, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor and on round the Isle of Wight.

12th July 1953 Bournemouth Pier

Monarch approaching Bournemouth Pier with Hengistbury Head and the Isle of Wight in the background.


Choice of afternoon cruises from Bournemouth Pier on three different paddle steamers.

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