The new Lorna Doone’s inaugural cruise from Bournemouth with invited guest
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.
Consul and Princess Elizabeth both undergoing final preparations for starting their seasons running from Weymouth this Whitsun weekend in competition.
Running trials with the DTP, the then licencing authority for issuing the Passenger Certificates.
Consul was the last of Cosens’s paddle steamers to be returned to service after the Second World War.
P & A Campbell’s Glen Gower and Waverley set from from Cardiff for Brighton.
Jeanie Deans on charter to the Scottish Locomotive Preservation Fund for a rare trip to Ardrishaig.
P & A Campbells’s Waverley rostered for a day trip from Brighton to Eastbourne, Hastings and on to Folkestone for two hours ashore.
On 25th April 1963 Bristol Queen was towed out of Weymouth Backwater through the Town Bridge.
On Sunday 24th April 1960 Princess Elizabeth was raising steam in preparation for running trials in Southampton Water.
Princess Elizabeth sails from Dartmouth to Plymouth for her annual dry-docking 20th April 1961.
The Southern Railway’s paddle steamer Merstone rescues passengers from Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth which was aground on the Brambles Bank.