Technical Details

Coal-fired Kingswear Castle on the River Dart.


ShipbuilderBuilt in 1924 by Philip & Son of Dartmouth
Cost£10,333 in 1924, approximately £633,000 today when adjusted for inflation
Engine builderManufactured in 1904 by Cox & Co of Falmouth and recovered from the earlier PS Kingswear Castle (1904-1923)
Engine type130HP (96kW) two cylinder compound reciprocating steam engine with 12″ and 24″ cylinders with a 24″ stroke
BoilerScotch single furnace return tube, 8 ft (2.43 m) diameter x 8 ft, 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 makerWellman Robey of Oldbury, Birmingham. Built in 2000 and funded by a grant of £79,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Coal capacity4 tons (4,064kg)
Paddle wheels10 feet (3m) diameter, fixed wooden floats
Length overall113 feet, 8 inches (34.7m)
Hull beam17 feet, 6 ins (5.3m)
Beam overall28 feet (8.5m)
Draught4 feet (1.2m)
Gross tonnage94 (47 nett)
Service speed8 knots (9 mph / 15kph)
Port of RegistryDartmouth
MCA passenger certificatesClass V 235 passengers
Class VI 100 passengers
Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI)235007618
Radio call signMCGH6
Operators1924 – River Dart Steamboat Company
1985 – Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust
2012 – Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company