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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24th July 1958 Cardiff Queen

Cardiff Queen.

On Thursday 24th July 1958 Cardiff Queen was scheduled to sail from Swansea (8.45am), Mumbles (9.05am), Ilfracombe (10.50am), and Clovelly (12.10pm) to Lundy Island to land (1.15pm – 4.15pm) and then back to Clovelly (5.10pm), Ilfracombe (7.15pm), Mumbles (9pm) and Swansea (9.20pm).

Swansea Steamer Notice July 1958.

The previous Friday the British and Commonwealth Games had been opened in Cardiff by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The day before, Wednesday 23rd July, the Royal Yacht Britannia had arrived in Cardiff for the event which was witnessed by Glen Usk.

1958 was not a good season for weather, passenger numbers or P & A Campbell’s increasingly weak financial position. There was a lot of wind with late July seeing several days of continuing gales which resulted in cancellations.

There was increasing talk around the decks about the company’s financial health with some wondering whether or not things were getting so bad that the Receiver might have to be called in. This was not a happy summer for P & A Campbell.

Keep tuned in to see how this pans out.

John Megoran

John Megoran