Category: Megoran’s Musings

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

5th January 1962 Captain Larkin

Friday 5th January 1962 marked the end of the first week of retirement for Captain Larkin after a long career as master with Red Funnel.

4th January 1948 Talisman

Hull survey of Talisman aground at Kilcreggan.

3rd January 1948 Talisman

Talisman aground at Kilcreggan.

2nd January 1884 South of Ireland

Cosens & Co’s passenger carrying paddle tug Queen leads the attempt to salvage the paddle steamer South of Ireland which had run aground on Christmas Eve.

1st January 1960 Consul

Paddle steamers and Weymouth Harbour floods.

31st December 1958 Cosens’s Charles Kaile

Cosens & Co’s General Manager Charles Kaile retires after a career with the company spanning 56 years.

30th December 1967 Queen of the South

Queen of the South in to the scrapyard.

29th December 1993 Kingswear Castle

Why was Kingswear Castle flying the EU flag?

28th December 1967 Queen of the South

Queen of the South off Vlissingham.

27th December 1967 Queen of the South

Queen of the South leaves the Thames under tow for the breakers yard in Antwerp.

26th December 1902 Victoria

Friday 26h December 1902 was the first day of a new winter paddle steamer service between Bournemouth, Boscombe and Swanage.

25th December 1953 Embassy

Embassy started to sink in Weymouth Harbour on Christmas Day.

24th December 1883 South of Ireland

Paddle Steamer South of Ireland left Cherbourg for Weymouth but failed to arrive.

23rd December 1962 Bristol Queen

Bristol Queen still outside Cosens’ workshops in Weymouth Backwater.

22nd December 1966 Westward Ho

Westward Ho arrives back in Cardiff after engine overhaul by Cosens in Weymouth.

21st December 1919 Britannia

Britannia sails down the Irish Sea and reaches Penarth.

20th December 1919 Britannia

Britannia leaves Troon bound for Bristol.

19th December 1949 Duchess of Cornwall

Duchess of Cornwall arrives in Pollock Brown’s scrapyard at Northam, a suburb of Southampton, on the River Itchen.

18th December 1957 Bournemouth Queen

Bournemouth Queen towed away from Southampton for the scrapyard in Ghent.

17th December 1989 Kingswear Castle

Kingswear Castle runs a Santa Special.

16th December 1989 Kingswear Castle

Christmas Buffet Lunch Cruise from Strood on Kingswear Castle.

15th December 1940 Freshwater

Freshwater at Weymouth preparing for a new job.

14th December 1969 Eppleton Hall

Eppleton Hall arrives at Georgetown Guyana having crossed the Atlantic.

13th December 1928 Captain Alec Campbell

Funeral of Captain Alec Campbell who with his brother Peter founded P & A Campbell.

12th December 1903 Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes makes her first trip on the Hull/New Holland ferry service.

11th December 1941 Shanklin

Starboard sponson of Shanklin damaged alongside Ryde Pier.

10th December 1937 Duke of Devonshire

On 10th December 1937 Cosens signed the Bill of Sale to buy the Duke of Devonshire.

9th December 1903 Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes runs trials on the Humber.

8th December 1949 Embassy

Why was Embassy in steam in December 1949?

7th December 1956 Britannia

Britannia towed from Penarth Dock to the breaker’s yard at Newport.