14th September 1963 Consul Arrives on the Thames

At around 12 noon on 14th September 1963 a small group of enthusiasts gathered on Greenwich Pier to await the arrival of the paddle steamer Consul which had steamed round from Newhaven in preparation for what was billed as "A Week’s Frolic" sailing on the Thames on charter to Don Rose.

Trips were advertised between 17th and 22nd September including from Tower Pier, Greenwich, Gravesend, Southend and Herne Bay but not all ran as scheduled with fog and breakdowns causing some cancellations.

After all the troubles that season Captain Defrates refused to steam Consul back to Weymouth at the end of the week saying that she needed a tug so she remained tied up on buoys off Deptford until 7th October when Captain Holleyoak came up to take her back home.

As if to prove Captain Defrates's point, Consul caught fire on the way back and had to put into Dover for repairs. She arrived in Weymouth for winter lay-up on 10th October.


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