Author: Martin Longhurst

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

Special Kingswear Castle Cruises Announced

The Wessex & Dart Branch have arranged two special cruises on Kingswear Castle in aid of the PS Kingswear Castle Centenary Rebuild Appeal.

Kingswear Castle – Virtual Meeting

John Megoran, Chairman of the Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust, presents an update on Kingswear Castle’s rebuild and the plans for her return to service on Wednesday 10 May 2023 at 19.30 hours.

Jim McFadzean 1946 – 2023

It is with great regret that we report the death of “Jimmy Tickets” who served as Waverley’s purser from 1988 until 2010. He was a great asset to the ship and the Waverley company, always willing to go the extra mile.

Waverley Dry Dock 2023 Appeal

An appeal has been launched to urgently raise the funds needed to afford Waverley’s upcoming dry dock in March and the start-up costs before she enters service. Paul Semple, Waverley’s General Manager, has made the following statement explaining the current situation: “Each year before Waverley can enter passenger service, she must be taken out the…
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Myra Allen 1958-2022

It is with great sadness and regret that we announce the death of Myra Allen on 2 December 2022, after a long battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

Waverley Grand Draw Results

Paul Semple, Waverley’s General Manager, drew the winning tickets from the drum at the Scottish Branch Meeting on Thursday 10 November 2022. The winners were: 1st Prize £1000 cash  Alistair McDonald of Dunoon 2nd Prize Waverley British Sailing Pass for 2  Charlie Barbour of Inverness 3rd Prize Waverley Area Sailing Pass for 2  Peter Hyndman…
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Slight Change In Venue For Bristol Meetings

We have just received some very good news from the M.V. Balmoral Fund.   “Balmoral”, which has recently used in the making of a feature film, is being allowed to remain at her current berth outside the M Shed Museum on Princes Wharf until the spring. This means that she will not be  moored at The…
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Annual Report and Accounts 2021 published

The society’s activities in and the financial results for 2021 are now available to download. These will be considered by our AGM on 22 October 2022, details of which may be found here. We apologise that the link published in Paddle Wheels is incorrect. Review of the Year2021 was severely disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic,…
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