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

Waverley to Chatham 1997

On Friday 3rd October 1997 Waverley sailed up the River Medway to berth alongside the quay at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. To find out more click here: 3rd October 1997: Waverley – Kingswear Castle

Pictures of the Month

The October Pictures of the Month have now been posted on the KC website. To take a closer look click here: October 2023: Let’s Take a Closer Look – Kingswear Castle

Waverley at Southwold

What a welcome from Southwold on Wednesday 27th September for Waverley as she made her annual call at the Suffolk town. Thanks to the owners of Southwold Pier for allowing Waverley to call. Here are some images taken at the pier as passengers boarded for Waverley’s cruise at 10am to London for arrival at Tower…
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KC’s Last Trips of the Season

KC is currently scheduled to run her last harbour cruises of the season from Dartmouth on Tuesday 26th September. Thank you to all who have sailed on her this year as well as all of you who have donated to our rebuild appeal. This is all greatly appreciated. It has been so good to see…
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Waverley Ipswich to London

Waverley welcomed over 500 passengers aboard for her sailing from Ipswich to London on Saturday 23rd September. This was her first Ipswich to London sailing since 2000. Here are some pics taken along the way: Waverley A/S at Ipswich Passengers coming aboard at Ipswich After sailing under the Orwell Bridge Waverley cruised down the river…
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Waverley at Ipswich

Waverley is scheduled to make her first trip from Ipswich for 20 years on Saturday 23rd September with a second trip now scheduled for Thursday 5th October. To find out more click here: 20th September 2023: Waverley at Ipswich – Kingswear Castle

Waverley at Shoreham

Waverley made her first call at Shoreham on Wednesday 13th September 2023. For more details click here: 17th September 2023: Waverley at Shoreham – Kingswear Castle

Waverley to Lulworth Cove

Waverley is scheduled to sail along the Dorset Coast viewing Anvil Point, St Albans Head, Chapman’s Pool, Worbarrow Bay and on towards Lulworth Cove leaving Swanage at 13.40 back 16.40 on Thursday 14th and Sunday 17th September. In this she follows in the wake of Cosens’s Consul and Embassy. To find out more click here:…
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10th September 2023 is the 63rd Anniversary of the First Ever PSPS Charter in 1960

10th September 2023 is the 63rd anniversary of the first ever PSPS charter, an evening cruise from Weymouth on Saturday 10th September 1960 aboard Cosens’s PS Consul. To find out more click here: 10th September 1960: PSPS Charter Consul – Kingswear Castle

8th September 2023 is the 60th Anniversary of the Medway Queen’s Last Day in Service in 1963

8th September 2023 is the sixtieth anniversary of the last day in service of the paddle steamer Medway Queen. To find out more click here: 8th September 1963: Medway Queen – Kingswear Castle

“Steam and Cruise” on KC

Two distinguished visitors took the “Steam and Cruise” option for KC on 6th September. To find out more click here: Steam & Cruise on KC – Kingswear Castle

Waverley Meets Shieldhall

Waverley met up with Shieldhall off Bournemouth on Sunday 3rd September and in the western approaches to the Solent the following day. For more details and pics click here: Waverley Meets Shieldhall – Kingswear Castle

Waverley at Swanage

On this first Sunday in September 2023, Waverley called at Swanage at 12.30pm on her way to view the Bournemouth Air Festival and meet up with the steamship Shieldhall having set off from Southampton Docks at 9.30am and made a call on the way at Yarmouth at 10.45am. Here are some pics of this happy…
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Waverley on the South Coast

Waverley is back on the South Coast offering sailings until Wednesday 20th September. Do take a trip on her while she is here if you can. And to get you in the mood check out a trip from Southampton round the Isle of Wight in 1934 aboard PS Lorna Doone: 26th July 1934: Lorna Doone…
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KC Fund Raising

Latest news update: Check out the September Pictures of the Month on the KC website. And don’t forget. We are still fund raising for the second phase of KC’s major rebuild. Please help if you can: Weymouth Bank Holidays – Kingswear Castle Thank you.

Another KC Fund Raising Cruise

KC ran another fund raising cruise from Dartmouth towards the Rebuild Appeal on Saturday 19th August. To have a look at some pics of the event check out the KC website: 19th August 2023: KC Fund Raising Cruise – Kingswear Castle

Balmoral to Bournemouth

Fancy a day trip on PS Balmoral from Southampton to Bournemouth via Ventnor on Monday 14th August 1939? Take a look at how the day panned out: 14th August 1939: Balmoral – Kingswear Castle

KC Sunday 13th August

To take a look at some pictures of KC sailing on her harbour cruises from Dartmouth on Sunday 13th August check out the KC website: KC Sunday 13th August – Kingswear Castle

KC To Totnes

KC made her visit to Totnes for some years on Monday 31st July. For more details take a look at the post on the KC website: 31st July 2023: KC to Totnes – Kingswear Castle

Competition for Cosens

Although paddle steamer operator Cosens & Co of Weymouth had a pretty near monopoly on excursions to sea from Weymouth, if you exclude the motor boat trips from the beach and the harbour, they did not have the field entirely to themselves even amongst larger craft. To find out more check out the Pictures of…
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KC Returns to Service

Kingswear Castle returned to service on Tuesday 25th July after the first part of her major rebuild. To find out more check out the Kingswear Castle website: 25th July 2023: KC Returns to Service – Kingswear Castle

Keeping a Puffer Afloat

Ship and boat preservation is usually a battle. The elements are hostile, design life short and officialdom reluctant to support. This latest book looks at the preservation story over 40 years of VIC 56, a wartime built steam coasting lighter based on the Clyde Puffer, which served the Royal Navy in Dockyards and depots around…
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KC Running Trials with MCA

The MCA conducted running trials with KC last week for the revalidation of her Passenger Certificate. For more details and pics check out the KC website: 14th July 2023: KC Running Trials with MCA – Kingswear Castle

KC Heel Test

With KC afloat once again following the first and major part of her rebuild naval architect Geoff Wilford, accompanied by MCA surveyor Simon Judge, conducted a Heel Test to check the ship’s stability on Thursday 6th July. For more details and pictures of the day check out the KC website: 6th July 2023: KC Heel…
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Lake Geneva Paddle Steamers June 2023

Six of the seven operational paddle steamers on Lake Geneva were in service in June. To find out what they were all up to and how their business model works check out the June Pictures of the Month on the KC website: June 2023: Lake Geneva Paddle Steamers June 2023 – Kingswear Castle

Waverley Arrives On Bristol Channel

Waverley arrived at Cardiff Docks on 1st June in readiness for more than two weeks of sailings on the Bristol Channel starting with a cruise from Penarth and Clevedon on Friday 2nd June. Here she is arriving at Clevedon Pier shortly before 11am She had left Penarth at 9.45am. Captain Dominic McCall on the starboard…
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Paddle Steamer Trips Seventy Years Ago

What sort of paddle steamer rides were available from Bournemouth seventy years ago in June 1953. To find out take a look at the June Pictures of the Month on the Kingswear Castle website: June 2023: June 1953 Bournemouth – Kingswear Castle

More KC Rebuild Pics

To take a look at more rebuild pics of KC click here: 23rd May 2023: More KC Rebuild Pics – Kingswear Castle

Dart Railway Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company, which has just signed an extended agreement to take KC on charter for a further 25 years, celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Friday 19th May with a special excursion for invited guests on the train from Paignton to Kingswear followed by a trip on the river. For…
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Dresden Shipyard Open Day

The shipyard which maintains, refurbishes and rebuilds the Dresden paddle steamers held an open day on Saturday 15th April. To find out how the day went click here: May 2023: Dresden Shipyard Visit – Kingswear Castle