Author: Peter Havard

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

Waverley On The Bristol Channel 2014

Tom Eveson recently filmed some High Definition video footage on a day trip from Clevedon to Ilfracombe.

Waverley On The Move

Having been storm bound, and anchored off Colwyn Bay since Wednesday evening, Waverley is now (Saturday 12.30pm) passing the Lleyn Peninsula heading for the Bristol Channel.  With a fair weather forecast, and at her current speed, she should arrive off Clevedon in good time to start tomorrows (Sunday 31st) scheduled sailing to Penarth, Ilfracombe and Lundy Island.…
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Extra Branch Meetings

To keep members updated on Balmoral’s progress, extra meetings will be held on Saturday 17th May and Saturday 12th July.

Medway Queen Back on the Medway

Medway Queen has arrived safely back on on the River Medway. With a weather forecast for three or four days of light mainly northerly winds, she left Avonmouth under tow of the tug Christine on Friday 15th November, arriving on the Medway on 18th. On 19th she was moved alongside Gillingham Pier, where restoration work…
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Medway Queen Move – Update 8th November

On Thursday 31st October Medway Queen was towed out of the Albion Dock, through the floating harbour and down the River Avon to Avonmouth.  She will wait there until there is a suitable weather window, to allow the tow proper to commence.  October/November is not a good time for a decent weather window, as the…
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Medway Queen – Update 28th October 2013

The tug Christine arrived in Bristol about a fortnight ago in readiness to tow Medway Queen back to the Medway. The necessary certificates to allow MQ to be towed must have now been issued, as she was towed out of the Albion Dock last Wednesday.  A short film of the move can be seen below…
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Winter Programme Posted

Details of the winter programme of Branch Meetings has now been posted.

Balmoral – Update 7th September 2013

The meeting aboard Balmoral last Saturday was very well attended – the Britannia Lounge was packed -standing room only. The main points to come out of the meeting were: Charitable Status should be received before the end of September Over £50,000 has been pledged so far, this will be worth 25% more with Gift Aid…
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Balmoral – Meeting 31st August 2013

A meeting has been arranged, on board Balmoral (at Princes Wharf, Bristol) at 2.00pm on Saturday 31st August (not the Bank Holiday weekend). The meeting is open to all interested members. The purpose of the meeting is to: give members a progress report. coordinate branch assistance, especially for volunteers to ‘man’ the ship when she…
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Rededication PS Medway Queen – 27th July 2013

Pete Devrell has come up trumps again!  Last Saturday he went along to Abels Shipyard in Bristol  for the Rededication of Medway Queen.  Video footage shot that day has been put onto YouTube and can be viewed by clicking the following link  some stills from the video appear below. The last time that I saw…
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*UPDATED* Balmoral Underway in 2013

Underway, but she didn’t travel very far.  Geoff Hale caught her on film moving from her berth on Princes Wharf to a vacant berth further down the dock – the move necessary as her usual berth was required for the Bristol Harbour Festival taking place 26th – 28th July. The short film footage can be…
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Kingswear Castle – Dartmouth to Totnes 19th July 2013

Pete Devrell travelled to Dartmouth recently and sailed aboard KC for a trip along the River Dart to Totnes. Pete shot video footage of the trip that can be seen by clicking Some stills from the video appear below. Pete visited Switzerland a few weeks ago and shot video of several paddle steamers, footage can…
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Waverley – Clevedon to Minehead 19th June 2013

Geoff Hale, editor of clevedonnews (a local newsreel of events in and around Clevedon) has kindly sent in a link to video he shot of Waverleys sailing from Clevedon to Minehead. He picked probably the best day of Waverleys Bristol Channel season, to sail – the sun came out and so did the passengers, around 400…
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Official Balmoral Website

An official web site has been launched, with full details on how to make donations to the fund to get Balmoral sailing again in 2014 and beyond. There is a lot more information on the site about plans for the future.  And if you want to be kept informed, you can sign up for the…
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Kingswear Castle Trip – 22nd May 2013

Peter Devrell has been on his travels again and has sent in some ‘stills’ and a short video of a trip he did on the river Dart aboard the paddler Kingswear Castle.  The link to the YouTube video is HERE KC alongside at Dartmouth Lifebelt Ships bell and builders plate Approaching Dartmouth from the sea…
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Philip (Clive) Power – Scattering of Ashes

The ashes of Captain Phil (Clive) Power will be scattered at sea, on Saturday 1st June (12 noon ?). The RNLI Penarth Lifeboat will be carrying out this duty, just off Penarth Seafront. The family would like all those who knew or worked with Phil to attend.  There will be a ‘do’ after the scattering, at…
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Balmoral 2013 Fund

You will have read in the current edition of Paddle Wheels the article about Balmoral written by Nick James. The proposals for static use in Bristol this year are still under discussion, and we hope for an outcome shortly.

*UPDATED* Bristol Channel Timetable 2013

The timetable for Waverley’s Bristol Channel sailings is now available on the Waverley Excursions website.

Notes from Branch Meeting – 24th March 2013

Some news from todays meeting: Waverley will be sailing on the Bristol Channel from 3rd June to 23rd June inclusive. Waverley timetable for the Bristol Channel should be on-line in the next few days – the paper timetable should be out in the next two weeks. Ways of utilising Balmoral in a static role (for…
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New Chairman for PSPS

Members will no doubt be interested in the following announcement that was posted on the PSPS web site on 13th March.

PHILIP POWER (Capt, retired) 19/3/27 – 29/11/12

Some sad news that has just been brought to my attention, for anyone who may remember Captain Phil Power.

Branch Meeting Cancelled

Due to the extreme weather conditions todays branch meeting has been cancelled.  A new date for the meeting will be arranged once the weather improves……….watch this space.

Devsteam Videos

Peter Devrell has uploaded some more videos to his YouTube Channel (HERE).  There’s a 7 minute clip of a Waverley sailing from Southampton and Portsmouth to Yarmouth in September.  There are 2 clips (about 10 minutes) of Swiss paddlers and for rail enthusiasts a number of clips of steam engines around the UK.

Kingswear Castle returns to Dartmouth

On 11th December the paddle steamer Kingswear Castle left the Medway, under tow (by the tug Christine) bound for the river Dart, where she was built in 1924 and plied her trade running river trips, until 1965.  She made good progress down channel in good conditions.  With strong southerly winds forecast, she put into Portland Harbour to…
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Balmoral not Sailing in 2013

Waverley Excursions and Waverley Steam Navigation Co Ltd have announced that Balmoral will not be operating a continuous series of cruises during 2013.   To read the full announcement Click Here

Waverley: Greenock / Millport 26 July 2012

Balmoral will be back on the channel in a few days time.  Peter Deverell couldn’t wait for a trip so he travelled to Scotland for a cruise on Waverley.  Sailing from Greenock via Helensburgh, Dunoon, Rothesay, and Largs to Millport for a couple of hours ashore – time to cycle around Cumbrea. Peter shot some…
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Balmoral arrived at Lydney at 08:30 for an 08:45 departure (with this early start there was no “sunrise cruise” from Clevedon this time)  Waiting to board were a disappointingly small number of about 80 (including about a dozen regulars who’d travelled some distance for the sailing – and one chap who’d camped overnight!) Bal arriving…
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Balmorals’ Bristol Channel season starts next week

Balmoral left Glasgow earlier this week and headed for the Irish Sea for the first 5 days of her summer season.  The weather forecast for the start of these 5 days doesn’t look good, but it’s looking better for the  last 3 days. On Tuesday 19th June Balmoral will sail south to the Bristol Channel…
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UPDATE – PHILIP H TOLLEY Friday 27 April 2012

We are sad to announce, after a short illness, the death yesterday of long time Bristol Channel Branch member Phil Tolley.A sympathy card has been sent to Phils’ wife Audrey on behalf of the committee and all branch members.The funeral will be held on Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 10.00am. at Totterdown Methodist Church, Bushy…
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With the new Friends tickets being usable across all sailing areas, below is a schedule of the dates when the ships are in each area. WAVERLEY Western Isles – June 1 to June 11 Clyde – June 16 to Aug 26 Bristol Channel – Aug 29 to Sept 9 South Coast – Sept 12 to…
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