Author: John Megoran

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

Dartmouth Update

Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company’s statement relating to coronavirus.

Captain Kuno Stein Retires

Captain Kuno Stein, who will be known to many PSPS members, has retired as a Lake Lucerne paddle steamer captain.

KC Donates to Waverley Boiler Appeal

The Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust has made a donation to the PSPS for the Waverley Boiler Refit Appeal.

Southwold Belle

Find out a little more about Southwold Belle and the “Belle” fleet.

28th August 1956 Monarch

Monarch rescues two almost naked men from a dinghy called Dumbo off the Old Harry Rocks in Poole Bay.

17th August 1958 Embassy

Embassy runs a trip from Bournemouth & Swanage to view the American nuclear submarine Nautilus at Portland.

15th August 1959 Consul

Consul runs trips to view the American nuclear powered submarine USS Skipjack.

10th August 1962 Caledonia

Caledonia replaces Waverley on the up river cruise from Largs to Glasgow.

Swanage Queen’s 1961 Season

How did Swanage Queen get on at Bournemouth in 1961 and what was her legacy?

4th August 1941 Lincoln Castle

First day in service of Lincoln Castle.

31st July 1963 Embassy

Day trip on Embassy from Bournemouth to Yarmouth Isle of Wight.

11th July 1962 Whippingham

Whippingham returns to Portsmouth after her dry-docking at Southampton.

KC National Historic Ships Regional Flagship of the Year

Kingswear Castle was presented with her South West Regional Flagship of the Year pennant by National Historic Ships UK on Thursday 30th May.

KC Date for the Diary

Thursday 30th May will be the first day KC flies her new pennant as National Historic Ships SW Regional Flagship of the Year.

Daniel Adamson

Waverley’s General Manager and Maid of the Loch’s Chairman attended a function aboard the preserved steam tug/tender Daniel Adamson.

5th May 1953 Monarch

Monarch pictured in drydock at Southampton 5th May 1953.

MHT Visit to KC

A group from the Maritime Heritage Trust visited Kingswear Castle in the undercover shipyard at Dartmouth on Friday 12th April.

KC Wins Award

Kingswear Castle has been named South West Regional Flagship 2019 by National Historic Ships UK.

4th July 1968 Ryde

Ryde ran a special cruise from Southsea to meet round the world yachtsman Alec Rose in 1968.

National Historic Ships UK Meets MCA

Press release issued following a meeting between National Historic Ships UK and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Plus ça Change?

Read this letter from P & A Campbell management to PW 1968.

PS Blumilsalp in New Dry Dock

The Paddle Steamer Blumilsalp made her first visit to the new dry-dock facility at Thun in January.

Bill Hedges Obituary

Sorry to have to report the death of long term Kingswear Castle supporter Bill Hedges.

MCA Consultation

The MCA has just completed a consultation about removing “grandfather rights” from existing passenger vessels.

More Paddle Steamers Please

If the Swiss can do it why can’t we?

Lake Geneva Update

Vevey remains in service offering trips on Fridays and Sundays into December.

Dresden Update

There is now a sufficient rise of water level on the Elbe at Dresden for the paddlers to sail in Saxon Switzerland today.

21st October 2018 Stadt Luzern

Capt Kuno Stein welcomes passengers aboard Stadt Luzern at Fluelen on his last sailing as a paddle steamer captain and Stadt Luzern’s last trip before a major rebuild.

Low Water at Dresden

Low river water levels on the Elbe at Dresden continue to cause havoc with the timetables for the paddle steamers there.

Stadt Luzern Update

If you want a last trip on Stadt Luzern before she is withdrawn, you’ll have to get your skates on.