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

Waverley’s First Day in Service – 16th June 1947

Waverley’s first day in service.

Thames & Sussex Coast Revival 1969

In 1969 P & A Campbell set out to revive excursion sailings on the River Thames and Sussex Coast using the Queen of the Isles. For more details of the complex schedule they offered that summer, with sailings from London, Southend, Clacton, Margate, Ramsgate, Deal, Hastings, Eastbourne, Shanklin, Boulogne, Calais and Ostend check out the…
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KC to Return to Service in 2023

The plan of campaign for KC’s major rebuild had been to undertake the work over three winters. However so far this winter and spring things have gone so well that a decision has now been taken to keep her in the shipyard over the summer and autumn and continue working on her making use of…
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KC Rebuild Update May 2022

Work is continuing apace on the first phase of KC’s major rebuild at Dartmouth. Renewal of the hull strake beneath the deck port side aft of the paddle box New plating inside aft saloon port side Scrap steel cut away from the hull and bulkheads Ships are built for a lifespan of about 25 years.…
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PS Ripon Arrives at Southampton 3rd April 1864

General Giuseppe Garibaldi arrived in Southampton aboard PS Ripon for a meeting with Prime Minister Palmerston.

Waverley 2002 – Waverley at Easter

The mighty paddler came out of hibernation for five days over Easter 2002.

Waverley 2002 – Waverley out of Dry Dock

The mighty paddler left dry dock on Thursday 7th March 2002.

Waverley 2002 – Waverley in Dry Dock

On Monday 18th February 2002, Waverley entered the Garvel Dry Dock at Greenock for her hull survey.

Waverley 2001 – Waverley’s Winter Cruises

Report on the first of Waverley’s two evening pre-Christmas dinner cruises.

New Bristol Venue for Branch Meetings

Now to take place at the Underfall Yard Visitor’s Centre, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6XG.

13th September 1963 Consul

Paddle Steamer Consul arrived on the Thames on 14th September 1963 but things didn’t quite go to plan.

Waverley Grand Draw 2021 Results

The draw took place at the end of the live YouTube broadcast on Friday 26 November 2021.

23rd November 1971 Caledonia

Caledonia sold to Bass Charrington for a new static career on the Thames.

23rd November 1937 Corfe Castle

In November 1937 Red Funnel’s Mauretania ex Queen renamed Corfe Castle.

Swiss Paddle Steamers 2021

How has the season been for the Swiss paddle steamers?

30th October 1957 Bournemouth Queen

Bournemouth Echo expands on its announcement the previous day that Bournemouth Queen was to be withdrawn.

Waverley 2001 – Autumn Bristol Channel Weekend

Bad weather delayed Waverley’s arrival resulting in the cancellation of the first two sailings of the weekend.

Waverley 2001 – Last Week on the Thames

Waverley’s last week of the 2001 Thames season.

3rd October 1997 Waverley

Waverley sails from Tilbury to Chatham.

Glen Gower 1954

What was Glen Gower doing during the summer of 1954?

Waverley 2001 – From Sun to Storm

Recalling the first seven days of the 2001 season on the Thames.

Waverley 2001 – A Pluvious Weekend

Waverley sails to Clacton and Tilbury and visits the Thames Forts.

Waverley 1973 – Five Lochs Cruise – 29th September 1973

On Saturday 29th September 1973 the PSPS chartered Waverley for a “Five Lochs Cruise”. It was to be Waverley’s final month in service with Caledonian MacBrayne.

Waverley 2001 – First call at Harwich Halfpenny Pier

Waverley’s first call at Harwich’s Halfpenny Pier.

PS Mountaineer Grounded on 27th September 1889

PS Mountaineer, the first ship ordered by David Hutcheson & Company, grounded on 27th September 1889.

Waverley 2001 – From Solent to Thames

Waverley’s final sailings on the Solent before departing for the Thames.

A Week in the Life of Monarch 1960

What was Monarch doing during a week in August 1960?

15th September 1960 Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth’s last trip of the season from Torquay to Lyme Regis on 15th September 1960.

Waverley 2001 – Indian Summer on the Solent

Clydebuilt ships reunited. Steamship Shieldhall and Waverley meet in the Solent.

10th September 1960 PSPS Charter Consul

The first ever PSPS Charter.