Author: John Megoran

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

19th May 1961 Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth goes compass correcting.

18th May 1961 Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth positioned from Plymouth following her dry-docking in readiness to start her season at Torquay.

17th May 1923 Devonia

Devonia sails from Bristol to Brighton in just under 28 hours.

16th May 1949 Lorna Doone

The new Lorna Doone’s inaugural cruise from Bournemouth with invited guest

15th May 1964 Consul and Princess Elizabeth

Consul and Princess Elizabeth both undergoing final preparations for starting their seasons running from Weymouth this Whitsun weekend in competition.

14th May 1985 Kingswear Castle

Running trials with the DTP, the then licencing authority for issuing the Passenger Certificates.

13th May 1955 Lord Elgin

Cargo paddle steamer Lord Elgin sails off for the scrapyard.

KC Update 11th May 2021

KC completed running trials with the MCA for the renewal of her Passenger Certificates.

12th May 1949 Consul

Consul was the last of Cosens’s paddle steamers to be returned to service after the Second World War.

11th May 1916 Captain Rawle

Funeral of Captain Rawle.

10th May 1937 Glen Gower & Waverley

P & A Campbell’s Glen Gower and Waverley set from from Cardiff for Brighton.

Wessex Branch Charter of KC

Wessex Branch charter KC in association with PSKC Trust for an evening cruise on Saturday 24th July in aid of KC’s Rebuild Appeal.

9th May 1964 Jeanie Deans

Jeanie Deans on charter to the Scottish Locomotive Preservation Fund for a rare trip to Ardrishaig.

8th May 1934 Mercury & Caledonia

Press cruise for the brand new Mercury and Caledonia.

7th May 2011 Kingswear Castle

Thames Estuary cruise from Chatham.

6th May 1960 Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth arrives at Torquay for the first time.

5th May 1962 Cardiff Queen

Cardiff Queen rostered for the Cardiff/Weston ferry.

4th May 1953 Maid of the Loch

Maid of the Loch runs trials.

3rd May 1918 Duchess of Devonshire

Duchess of Devonshire being prepared for new season on Bristol Channel.

2nd May 1934 Sandown

Sandown in the fitting out basin at Denny’s yard at Dumbarton.

1st May 2019 Dresden

Paddle steamer parade at Dresden.

KC Back in the Water

Kingswear Castle came off the slipway on Monday and is now being prepared for running trials next week.

DSRRB Co Wins Heritage Railway Award

Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Co have won the 2021 Heritage Railway Association award for the outstanding visitor attraction.

30th April 1936 Kenilworth

LNER considering ordering a replacement for Kenilworth.

29th April 1961 Medway Queen

London & Home Counties Branch visit Medway Queen at Strood.

28th April 1901 Majestic

Naval architects pondering how to improve Majestic’s speed.

27th April 1964 Consul

On 27th April 1964 Consul leaves Weymouth for slipping at Poole.

26th April 1927 Waverley

P & A Campbells’s Waverley rostered for a day trip from Brighton to Eastbourne, Hastings and on to Folkestone for two hours ashore.

25th April 1963 Bristol Queen

On 25th April 1963 Bristol Queen was towed out of Weymouth Backwater through the Town Bridge.

24th April 1960 Princess Elizabeth

On Sunday 24th April 1960 Princess Elizabeth was raising steam in preparation for running trials in Southampton Water.