Technical Details

Coal-fired Kingswear Castle on the Medway.

Coal-fired Kingswear Castle on the Medway.

Shipbuilder Built in 1924 by Philip & Son of Dartmouth
Cost £10,333 in 1924, approximately £633,000 today when adjusted for inflation
Engine builder Manufactured in 1904 by Cox & Co of Falmouth and recovered from the earlier PS Kingswear Castle (1904-1923)
Engine type 130HP two cylinder compound reciprocating steam engine with 12″ and 24″ cylinders with a 24″ stroke
Boiler Scotch single furnace return tube, coal-fired, working pressure 120 psi (8 bar). Replaced over the winter of 1961/1962 by a new boiler of similar design and again in 2000
Boiler maker Wellman Robey of Oldbury, Birmingham. Built in 2000 and funded by a grant of £79,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Coal capacity 4 tons (4,064kg)
Paddle wheels 10 feet (3m) diameter, fixed wooden floats
Length overall 113 feet, 8 inches (34.7m)
Hull beam 17 feet, 6 ins (5.3m)
Beam overall 28 feet (8.5m)
Draught 4 feet (1.2m)
Gross tonnage 94 (47 nett)
Service speed 8 knots (9 mph / 15kph)
Port of Registry Dartmouth
MCA passenger certificates Class V 235
Class VI 100
Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) 235007618
Radio call sign MCGH6
Operators 1924 – River Dart Steamboat Company
1985 – Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust
2012 – Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company