Waverley made her triumphant return to service in August 2020 following her boiler refit. However Waverley is now critically short of funds to survive this winter. Without further support she can’t return to service in 2021. We are therefore asking for your help by donating to Waverley’s COVID-19 Relief Appeal.

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Megoran’s 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.

24th February 1950 Monarch

First Monarch A/S Weymouth Pleasure Pier, February 1950.


Monarch arrived in Milford Haven having left Weymouth early the day before under tow for her passage along the Dorset, Devon and Cornish coasts before crossing the Bristol Channel past Lundy Island.

Paddle Steamer Captain John Hayward

Princess Elizabeth arriving at Millbay Plymouth 16th June 1960. Sir John Hawkins and Sir Richard Grenville in background.


Captain John Hayward’s career on Cunard liners, ocean salvage vessels and a paddle steamer.

31st January 1961 Monarch

Monarch passing through the Weymouth Town Bridge for the last time, 31st January 1961.


Monarch towed from her berth in the Weymouth Backwater and down the harbour to the Pleasure Pier to await the sea-going tug to tow her to the scrapyard in Ireland.

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