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Winter 1962


Medway Queen handbill.

Exhibition on Southend Pier – The Society’s Modelling Group co-operated with the Southend Pier Ships Recognition Club in an exhibition entitled “Ships that pass the Pier” from 21st August to 30th September last, when fourteen models from the Thames Collection were displayed in three cases along the centre of the hall.

PS Ryde – This vessel was in collision with Ryde Pier on 24th July doing some damage to pier support piles although not of a serious nature despite newspaper articles to the contrary.

Princess ElizabethPrincess Elizabeth’s season on the Bournemouth-Swanage service ended on 19th September. Her programme consisted of five sailings daily. Evening cruises were given from Bournemouth on most Wednesdays; her passenger loads were generally poor owing to the unpopular sailing times which were made so as not to clash with the sailings at traditional times by motor vessels working in conjunction with Cosens.

Medway Queen’s poor season – Interviewed on the 1962 Season the Company Secretary stated,”The passenger figures are several thousands down. and I am sure you do not need me to tell you about the awful weather this year. On six days in the Season Medway Queen’s sailings were curtailed as she was on one or two occasions unable to land at Clacton and on others ar Southend”.

Classic postcard of Medway Queen obtainable from the Purser’s Office.

White Funnel season – On June 24th the annual Round Lundy trip was cancelled for the third year running. This was due to a steering defect in the Bristol Queen and not to heavy seas as in previous years. On August 30th, Bristol Queen took a full load from Ilfracombe to Lundy, leaving some 200 behind on the pier.

Scottish notes – PS Maid of the Loch had a generally disappointing season due almost entirely to bad weather. Her sailings were well advertised after a poor start in May, when the ship was actually sailing before the handbills were available. It was announced that the Clyde shipbuilding firm A & J Inglis was to close owing to lack of orders.

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