From the Chairman – The momentous happening of this year is undoubtedly the purchase of the PS Jeanie Deans by Mr D Rose, one of our members, and his intention to establish this fine vessel in service in the South of England. Also came the news that the Medway Queen had been bought by Messrs Ridett and she duly arrived at the Isle of Wight, where she has been berthed in the Medina.
PS Jeanie Deans – The Coastal Steam Packet Co. is being formed for the purchase of Jeanie Deans. One matter for regret is that the condition of sale demands that the ships name as well as funnel markings shall be changed. She will shortly proceed under her own steam round the coast to the River Medway, where a berth has been obtained for her 5 mins walk from Chatham Station.
Arrival of the Medway Queen – Watched by a large crowd as she approached the picturesque Millpond, the famous old ship had a stern first view of her final resting place, and her paddles slowly turned for the last time. Ropes were then firmly secured, and the wonderful and proud old war veteran, the Medway Queen, was saved.
Cosens & Co. – Two amusing incidents concerning 1965 come to mind. Your President was so busy photographing the steamer at Bournemouth one day that he forgot to stand in the queue, and found on reaching the gangway, that the Embassy was already full! Secondly, connoisseurs of Edwardiana will be interested to learn that after a lapse of two years charges for Bath Chairs reappeared on the last Bournemouth sailing list for the season.
Princess Elizabeth – All through the season she has been running extremely well. On 23rd Sept. she raised steam once more. The day was grey and matched the feelings of us all as she went down the harbour and through the Town Bridge to her winter quarters
Clyde notes – Monday 2nd August saw Waverley acting as a hospital ship as she was required to take a patient over to the mainland for hospital treatment. Waverley is reported to have left Brodick for Largs at 0200 and one newspaper stated that she crossed the Firth in 40 minutes. I do not think that she could cover the distance in that time, even though she is the fastest paddle steamer working on the Clyde. I estimate about one hour at full speed, say 17.5 to 18 knots. Waverley was back in time to take up the 0705 service to Ardrossan.
White Funnel news – Cardiff Queen was taken out of service for the winter on 21st Sept. However four days later she was back again as Bristol Queen sustained damage to a paddle at Minehead, thus leaving Cardiff Queen to make the last down-channel calls, ending with the last trip to Ilfracombe on 3rd October.