Category: Megoran’s Musings

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

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.

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.

23rd April 1977 Waverley

Waverley’s first trip of the season.

22nd April 1920 Queen

Queen sold for further service at Ardrossan.

21st April 1962 Cardiff Queen

Cardiff Queen packs in a variety of trip options on Easter Saturday.

20th April 1961 Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth sails from Dartmouth to Plymouth for her annual dry-docking 20th April 1961.

19th April 1966 Embassy

Embassy on the Admiralty slipway at Portland.

18th April 1949 Bournemouth Queen

Bournemouth Queen at Bournemouth for a few Easter sailings.

17th April 1947 Merstone

The Southern Railway’s paddle steamer Merstone rescues passengers from Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth which was aground on the Brambles Bank.

16th April 2006 Kingswear Castle

On Easter Sunday 16th April 2006 Kingswear Castle was running half hour trips from the Historic Dockyard Chatham on the hour every hour.

15th April 1952 Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth at Bournemouth for five days of Easter sailings.

14th April 1966 Westward Ho

All of Westward Ho’s Bristol Channel services cancelled due to the weather.

13th April 1946 Ravenswood

First P & A Campbell sailing after the Second World War.

12th April 1960 Glen Gower

Glen Gower arrives in the scrapyard at Boom near Antwerp in the River Scheldt.

11th April 2015 Loire Princesse

Loire Princesse on the second day of her maiden voyage along the River Loire.

10th April 1961 Monarch

Monarch in the process of demolition in the scrapyard at Cork.

9th April 1964 Ryde

Ryde on the grid at Newhaven for underwater survey.

8th April 1936 Gracie Fields

Launch of the Gracie Fields.

7th April 1950 Consul

Consul opens the season at Bournemouth on Good Friday.

6th April 1961 Jupiter

Jupiter leaves the Clyde under tow for the scrapyard in Dublin.

5th April 1950 Glen Usk

Glen Usk opens the season running on the Cardiff/Penarth/Barry/Weston ferry service.