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.

Manning La Suisse

La Suisse A/S Lausanne, 23rd August 2021.


How are the Swiss paddle steamers manned and what is the route to becoming a captain?

8th August 1952 Victoria

Victoria heading up for the inner berth on the west side of Bournemouth Pier about 1pm on Thursday 14th August 1952.


Victoria scheduled to run from Weymouth to Swanage and Totland Bay, Isle of Wight.

7th August 1963 Embassy

Embassy 7th August 1963.John Megoran


On Wednesday 7th August 1963 Embassy ran a day trip from Poole via Bournemouth to Yarmouth and Cowes, Isle of Wight.

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.

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