Waverley made her triumphant return to service in August 2020 following her boiler refit. However Waverley is now critically short of funds to survive this winter. Without further support she can’t return to service in 2021. We are therefore asking for your help by donating to Waverley’s COVID-19 Relief Appeal.

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Tag: Kingswear Castle

PS Kingswear Castle (1924) is a coal-fired river paddle steamer owned by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.

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28th August 1967 Kingswear Castle

Kingswear Castle at Binfield on the River Medina, Isle of Wight.


On Monday 28th August 1967 Kingswear Castle arrived under tow at Binfield on the Isle of Wight on charter to the Ridett brothers who then owned Medway Queen.

Take a Trip on Kingswear Castle

KC Leaving at Dartmouth 6th July 2020.


Kingswear Castle is now running harbour cruises from Dartmouth every day except Fridays at 12 noon, 1.30pm & 3pm.

Kingswear Castle Update

Kingswear Castle's boiler safety valves being tested Friday 3rd July 2020.


On Friday 3rd July a surveyor was aboard to test Kingswear Castle’s two boiler safety valves.

Kingswear Castle Update

Kingswear Castle arriving at the Dartmouth pontoon 24 June 2020.


Kingswear Castle is set to return to service on Monday 6th July taking the 12 noon harbour cruise from Dartmouth.

Spring 1995


  • Kingswear Castle
  • Scottish Branch silver jubilee
  • We have "Maid" progress!
  • And 50 years ago...
  • Plus 80 years ago... Paddling down the Thames

Spring 1994


  • 1994 - Make or break year
  • Kingswear Castle's 10th anniversary cruise
  • And 50 years ago...
  • Plus 140 years ago, quiz answers from last edition and more...

Summer 1992


  • £300,000 must be raised by 1995 to keep Waverley and Kingswear Castle sailing
  • New looks for Waverley and Balmoral
  • Maid of the Loch's future again in doubt
  • Roddy McIsaac - Bosun, Waverley
  • KC report
  • And 50 years ago...

Spring 1992


  • Russell – take a bow!
  • Captains' Club
  • New propellers for Balmoral
  • KC heard but not seen
  • Work on Ryde's hull
  • Medway Queen report
  • Waverley winter activity
  • And 50 years ago...

Winter 1991


  • Premature end to Waverley's 1991 season
  • KC report - Aylesford trip proves popular
  • Medway Queen
  • Mr. SC Smith-Cox
  • Balmoral to Liverpool
  • And 50 years ago...

Autumn 1991


  • Ryde's uncertain future
  • 50 year wait ends!
  • Parisienne Princess
  • Nick Knight's fine work recalled
  • My trip to the Scillies with Balmoral
  • Kingswear Castle report
  • And 50 years ago...

Summer 1991


  • The paddle wheel history
  • Superb day out
  • Medway hosts four paddlers
  • A day in the life of KC
  • Snowbound Medway Queen
  • And 50 years ago...

Spring 1991


  • A Vice President's notebook
  • Waverley's wheels
  • November novelty!
  • Piers in the picture
  • Paddler pot pourri
  • And 50 years ago...

Winter 1990


  • Waverley present as QE2 makes triumphant return
  • Basil's surprise, surprise!
  • So near but yet so far
  • Maid of the Loch and Countess Fiona sold
  • Teddy bears ahoy
  • And 50 years ago...

Winter 1989


  • Bristol Channel highlights
  • South East
  • Up-river exploration
  • Restoration plan for Maid of the Loch
  • Memorable celebration
  • A Vice President's notebook
  • And 50 years ago...

Autumn 1989


  • Clevedon Pier re-opened
  • Southend Pier's centenary
  • Pilgrimage to Medway Queen
  • Prospects for a record season
  • Balmoral at Yarmouth Pier
  • And 50 years ago...
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