Category: Megoran’s Musings

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

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.

14th May 1985 Kingswear Castle

Running trials with the DTP, the then licencing authority for issuing the Passenger Certificates.

13th May 1955 Lord Elgin

Cargo paddle steamer Lord Elgin sails off for the scrapyard.

12th May 1949 Consul

Consul was the last of Cosens’s paddle steamers to be returned to service after the Second World War.

11th May 1916 Captain Rawle

Funeral of Captain Rawle.

10th May 1937 Glen Gower & Waverley

P & A Campbell’s Glen Gower and Waverley set from from Cardiff for Brighton.

9th May 1964 Jeanie Deans

Jeanie Deans on charter to the Scottish Locomotive Preservation Fund for a rare trip to Ardrishaig.

8th May 1934 Mercury & Caledonia

Press cruise for the brand new Mercury and Caledonia.

7th May 2011 Kingswear Castle

Thames Estuary cruise from Chatham.

6th May 1960 Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth arrives at Torquay for the first time.