Bristol Branch – The 30th October had been one of the milestones in 1960 when after an enthusiastic meeting, the Bristol Branch had been formed.
Caledonia still in commission – December saw the Caledonia of 1934 still in commission as the standby steamer. During the Autumn she has acted as tender to the Cunard liners Carinthia and Sylvania and the Canadian Pacific Empress of Britain and Empress of England.
Campbell fleet now three – In December it was reported that the last of the pre – Great War steamers, Glen Usk was on the slip at the Penarth Shiprepairing Co. According to reports she remained there for several weeks undergoing general repairs. Next season, Cardiff Queen (1947) will be in reserve and Bristol Queen will recommission after a year lay up.
Medway Queen’s season – Sun Pier closure affected passenger figures for the last remaining paddle steamer on the Thames Estuary but Medway Queen had a good season though final figures were below the 66,000 passengers carried in 1959. The only pier from which Medway Queen can now embark passengers is Strood Pier. Since Sun Pier closed owing to its dangerous condition various rumours have circulated in the Medway Towns as to its future. It is thought unlikely that it will ever be rebuilt as it has been estimated that more than £30,000 would be needed to make it serviceable.Monarch to be scrapped – Cosens of Weymouth decided to scrap the paddle steamer Monarch. Immediately it was heard that Monarch was to be disposed of, vigorous action was taken. The Swanage Chamber of Trade, the Bournemouth Citizens Alliance and several councillors were informed and a good deal of correspondence and publicity has resulted in the press.