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6th October 1958 Cardiff Queen

Cardiff Queen. Keith Abraham


Monday 6th October 1958 was the last day of the season for Cardiff Queen with four round trips on the Cardiff/Weston ferry.

She was due away from Cardiff (9.30am) for Penarth (9.40am) for Weston (10.30am) for Penarth (11.30am) for Cardiff (11.40am) for Weston (1.30pm) for Penarth (2.20pm) and Cardiff (2.30pm).

Then all in the dark in the evening she was billed for an “Evening Musical trip” leaving Cardiff (7.15pm), Penarth (7.25pm) for Weston (8.35pm) for Cardiff (9.30pm) for Weston (10.35pm) for Penarth (11.25pm) and Cardiff (11.35pm). So it was probably quite a boozy night with revellers having also enjoyed time in the pubs ashore both in Wales and in Somerset.

The following day Cardiff Queen joined her consorts Bristol Queen and Glen Usk to lay up in Penarth Docks.

1958 had been a momentous and difficult summer for P & A Campbell with the situation not helped by generally poor weather.. Their difficult financial position in trying to run paddle steamers in a declining market alongside escalating costs had come to a head and in August the Receiver had been brought in.

However, all was not lost. It was agreed that for 1959 the company could continue to trade but with a reduced service using just two paddle steamers and without a steamer based at Swansea for the summer.

Accordingly Cardiff Queen and Glen Usk were recommissioned for 1959 with Bristol Queen continuing out of use for the next two summers whilst her owners tried hard to find other work for her.

John Megoran

John Megoran

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