Kingswear Castle on the River Dart.


1904
  • Kingswear Castle’s engine built by Cox & Co. of Falmouth for the previous vessel of the same name.
1924
  • Date of build, engine transferred from the 1904 Kingswear Castle.
1961-2
  • Extensive re-plating below the water line and re-boilered.
1964
  • Kingswear Castle becomes the last operational paddle steamer on the River Dart.
1965
  • Kingswear Castle withdrawn from service at the end of the season.
1967
  • Purchased in June for £600 by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.
  • Towed on 28th August to Medina Creek, Isle of Wight, and moored alongside PS Medway Queen.
1969
  • First sailing under Paddle Steamer Preservation Society ownership when she was steamed for the BBC TV series ‘Bird’s Eye View’.
1971
  • Towed in June to River Medway for comprehensive restoration.
1982
  • Boiler is steamed for the first time on 20th November.
1983
  • Steaming and manoeuvring trials carried out between 4th and 6th November on completion of restoration.
1984
  • Limited passenger carrying certificate issued for 12 passengers.
1985
  • Full passenger carrying certificate issued in May 1985.
  • Full sailing programme commenced on 18th May 1985
  • First ever trip on 21st September 1985 from Strood through the Swale to Whitstable. Read more…
1986
  • Kingswear Castle wins National Steam Heritage Award.
1987
  • Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher boards Kingswear Castle on 1st June 1987 during the General Election campaign.
1994
  • First prize winner in Scania Transport Trust Awards.
2001
  • New coal fired boiler installed with support from Heritage Lottery Fund, Manifold Trust and the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.
2012
  • Kingswear Castle appears at for Queen Elizabeth II’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3rd June 2012
  • Kingswear Castle departs Chatham Historic Dockyard on 11th December to return to her birthplace, the River Dart in Devon.
2013
  • Kingswear Castle’s first cruise on the River Dart takes place on 29th March 2013, her first since 1965. Read more…
2014
  • Kingswear Castle wins Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Engineering Heritage Award in May 2014. Read more…
2017
  • Engine removed to repair a small crack in her low pressure cylinder. Read more…
2019
  • Kingswear Castle recognised by National Historic Ships UK as the South West Regional Flagship of the Year. Read more…
2020
  • COVID-19 global pandemic reduces passenger capacity and shortens season to July through September.