Category: Megoran’s Musings

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

12th June 1948 Cardiff Queen

Saturday 12th June was the first day of the 1948 season for Cardiff Queen.

11th June 1947 Empress Queen

Empress Queen at her builder’s yard in Troon being converted back to an excursion steamer for P & A Campbell.

10th June 1936 Gracie Fields

Gracie Fields offers her first public sailing.

9th June 1960 South Coast Snapshot

What were the eleven South Coast paddle steamers doing on Thursday 9th June 1960?

9th June 1953 Emperor of India

Emperor of India first trips of the season.

8th June 1954 Marchioness of Lorne

Last day in service for Marchioness of Lorne.

7th June 1911 Princess Mary

Preparations well in hand for the inaugural cruise of Princess Mary.

6th June 1960 Sussex Queen

Sussex Queen scheduled second day of her 1960 season on the Sussex Coast.

4th June 1919 Duchess of Devonshire

First trips of the season on the Cardiff Weston ferry service for Duchess of Devonshire.

3rd June 1973 Waverley

On Sunday 3rd June 1973 Waverley was off service repairing a burst boiler tube.

2nd June 1940 Freshwater

Freshwater sails to Dunkirk.

1st June 1940 Humber Paddle Steamers

War looms for the Humber paddle steamers Tattershall Castle, Wingfield Castle and Killingholme.

Crested Eagle

What have the Woolwich ferries Squires, Gordon, Will Crooks and John Benn, the Southern Railway’s Freshwater and the GSN’s Crested Eagle all got in common?

31st May 1960 Monarch

First day of the 1960 season for Monarch.

30th May 1963 Medway Queen

Medway Queen on charter for filming at Herne Bay.

29th May 1967 Embassy

Monday 29th May 1967 Embassy had just arrived at Van Heyghen Brothers’s scrapyard in Ghent.

28th May 1966 Queen of the South

Queen of the South made her first public sailing from Tower Pier to Greenwich, Gravesend, Southend and Herne Bay.

27th May 1963 Maid of the Loch

First day of the season for Maid of the Loch.

26th May 1953 Maid of the Loch

Second day of the season for the newly built Maid of the Loch.

25th May 1963 Waverley

Waverley on charter to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

24th May 1969 Caledonia

Caledonia on charter for a “Kirk Cruise”.

23rd May 1935 Royal Eagle

Second day of the season for Royal Eagle.

22nd May 1953 Maid of the Loch

Maid of the Loch runs inaugural cruise for invited guests.

Sunday 21st May 1961 Consul

Consul’s first weekend in service from Weymouth in the 1961 season.

20th May 1901 Captain Albert Symes

A bit of a kerfuffle in the offing around Cosens’s Albert Victor.

19th May 1961 Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth goes compass correcting.

18th May 1961 Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth positioned from Plymouth following her dry-docking in readiness to start her season at Torquay.

17th May 1923 Devonia

Devonia sails from Bristol to Brighton in just under 28 hours.

16th May 1949 Lorna Doone

The new Lorna Doone’s inaugural cruise from Bournemouth with invited guest

15th May 1964 Consul and Princess Elizabeth

Consul and Princess Elizabeth both undergoing final preparations for starting their seasons running from Weymouth this Whitsun weekend in competition.