12th June 1948 Cardiff Queen

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12th June 1948 Cardiff Queen

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Saturday 12th June was the first day of the 1948 season for Cardiff Queen, her second year in service. She set off from Bristol at 9.30am under the command of Capt J A Harris bound for Clevedon, Cardiff, Barry Pier and on down Channel to Ilfracombe. Scheduled departure time from Ilfracombe was 6pm with her due back at Barry Pier at 8pm, Cardiff at 8.35pm and Clevedon at 9.25pm for Bristol.

Unfortunately on the outward journey down the Avon she ran onto the shore at the Horseshoe Bend but fortunately it was a rising tide so she got off again and continued on her trip with only slight damage to the edge of one of the floats on her starboard paddle wheel.

Cardiff Queen aground on the Horseshoe Bend on the Avon.

This was the second time she had run ashore at this notoriously difficult tight turn having done the same thing on Sunday 27th July 1947. Again it was a rising tide so she soon floated off.