21st June 1949 Emperor of India

Emperor of India A/S Weymouth Pleasure Pier 22nd May 1952

On Tuesday 21st June 1949 Emperor of India was scheduled for a two hour trip leaving Weymouth at 1.15pm to view HMS Anson leaving Portland with Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh aboard bound for the Channel Islands.

Steamer notice for Emperor of India's trip from Weymouth on 21st June 1949.

This day the Emperor was scheduled to leave Poole at 8.30am for Bournemouth at 10am and Swanage at 1045am for the run along the Dorset Coast past Peverill Point, Durlston Head, Anvil Point, St Albans Head, Chapman's Pool, Kimmeridge, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, White Nothe and Osmington on to Weymouth where she was due to arrive before 1pm.

With the return of the Emperor to service after the War in 1948 and the Consul in 1949 Cosens really had too many paddle steamers for the available market. During the peak weeks of 1949, and for this summer only after the War, they based no less than four of their paddle steamers, Embassy, Consul, Victoria and Empress, at Weymouth with the Emperor joining them usually a couple of days a week to provide a short afternoon cruise from the resort aboard their largest and most luxurious paddle steamer.

The fare for this almost two hour long trip was just 3/- which scales up to around £5.40 in today's money. This was, and is, a very modest price to pay for a trip on one of the most luxurious paddle steamers of the time on the South Coast. It was aimed at targeting a mass market to fill the ship up with a not so well off clientele. By comparison, today the 12 seater motor boats which offer one hour trips round Portland Harbour from Weymouth charge a fare of £10 per head.

Emperor was due away from Weymouth at 3.15pm for Swanage 5.45pm and Bournemouth 6.30pm.

John Megoran
John Megoran