9th July 1961 Swanage Queen

After a very poor season trying to run from Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings in 1960, Sussex Queen ex Freshwater. was moved by her owner Herbert Jennings to try her luck at Bournemouth and Swanage for 1961 to fill a gap left by the withdrawal of Cosens' Monarch. For this she was renamed Swanage Queen and given a blue funnel with black top instead of white with a black top of the previous summer. Here she is in the picture above arriving at Swanage Pier.

Swanage Queen first steamer notice 1961.

Once again she was delayed in starting her season not entering service until the afternoon of Wednesday 5th July. The following day she had to be withdrawn due to a problem with her condenser which took the rest of the day and the Friday to get fixed. She left Poole around 9.45am on Sunday 9th July for Swanage and managed the morning cruise from there at 11am in the direction of St Albans Head when further trouble developed so she returned to Poole cancelling her afternoon runs between Swanage and Bournemouth. Although the problem was fixed within a few days, it was not a good start to her new career in Dorset running in competition with Cosens's Embassy.

John Megoran

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