Month: August 2021

Supporting the preservation and operation of paddle steamers Waverley and Kingswear Castle

Waverley 2001 – Return to the South Coast

The first three days of Waverley’s south coast sailings from Weymouth and Southampton.

Manning La Suisse

How are the Swiss paddle steamers manned and what is the route to becoming a captain?

Waverley 2001 – Summer Storm and a Very Fast Lady

Waverley’s 2001 Clyde sailing season comes to an end.

An Exciting Weekend on the Waverley

The middle weekend of August visit several ports, including Ardrishaig for the first time in 20 years.

Waverley 2001 – Busy Final Week on the Clyde for Waverley

Waverley carried a full capacity of over nine hundred passengers to Dunoon for the annual Cowal Games.

Sandown, Shanklin & Ventnor to Bournemouth

Excursions from the east coast piers of the Isle of Wight to Bournemouth.

19th August 1926 Columba to Ardrishaig

On Thursday 19th August 1926 Columba was scheduled to leave Glasgow on the “Royal Route” for Rothesay, Colintraive, Tighnabruaich, Tarbet and Ardrishaig.

Waverley Arriving at Ardrishaig

Michael Girvan of Skyrise Aerial Media has kindly provided a video and photographic record of Waverley’s arrival in to Ardrishaig after an absence of 20 years.

A Week in the Life of Consul 1960

What was Consul up to during a week in August 1960?

13th August 1952 Cardiff Queen

Cardiff Queen scheduled to run from Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton to Shanklin, Isle of Wight.

A Week in the Life of La Duchesse de Normandie 1966

Although not propelled by paddle wheels I tend to think of La Duchesse de Normandie as an honorary paddle steamer.

11th August 1930 Snowdon

Snowden scheduled for a day trip from Llandudno to Caernarvon on Monday 11th August 1930.

Waverley for Ardrishaig

Waverley will make a rare visit to Ardrishaig on Sunday 15th August.

10th August 1960 Monarch

Monarch rostered for the day on the Swanage service followed by an evening run to Totland Bay, Isle of Wight.

9th August 1965 Waverley

Waverley aground at Ardrossan.

8th August 1955 Cardiff Queen

Super long day trip to Milford Haven.

8th August 1952 Victoria

Victoria scheduled to run from Weymouth to Swanage and Totland Bay, Isle of Wight.

7th August 1963 Embassy

On Wednesday 7th August 1963 Embassy ran a day trip from Poole via Bournemouth to Yarmouth and Cowes, Isle of Wight.

A Week in the Life of Balmoral 1976

What was Balmoral up to during a week in August 1976?

6th August 1914 Majestic

Majestic sails to Portland to view the 5th Battle Squadron.

A Week in the Life of Balmoral 1966

What was Balmoral up to during a week in 1966?

5th August 1963 Consul

Consul scheduled to run trips from Brighton’s Palace Pier.

Waverley Update

A summary of Waverley’s 2021 Clyde sailing season so far.

A Week in the Life of Balmoral 1956

What was Balmoral up to during a week in 1956?

Waverley 2001 – Tighnabruaich Pier Future

On Saturday 4th August 2001, Waverley operated the first of two short cruises to assist in raising funds for the new Tighnabruaich Pier Association.

4th August 1962 Medway Queen

Medway Queen makes two round trips between Strood and Southend.

A Week in the Life of Balmoral 1934

What was Balmoral up to during a week in July 1934.

3rd August 1937 Balmoral

Balmoral spends the night at anchor in fog with 125 passenger aboard.

2nd August 1924 La Marguerite

La Marguerite scheduled for a day trip from Liverpool to Menai Bridge.

1st August 1936 London to Shanklin via Brighton

Southern Railway ran a Rail and Steamer excursion from London to the Isle of Wight by fast electric trains to Brighton thence by P & A Campbell’s steamer.