Category: Megoran’s Musings

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

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.

4th April 1946 Bristol Queen

Launch of Bristol Queen.

3rd April 1941 Lorna Doone

The Admiralty announced that Lorna Doone made direct hits with her guns on two of the three German Dornier Bombers which had been attacking her.

2nd April 1921 Coal Strike Stops Steamers

National strike of coal miners causes coal shortage for steamers.

1st April 2021 PE: April Fool!

Boiler and engine of Princess Elizabeth found in lockup just outside Basingstoke.

31st March 1957 Cdr Johnston DSC RN (Rtd)

Cosens appoints Cdr Johnston as their new Bournemouth manager.

30th March 1949 Duchess of Cornwall

Duchess of Cornwall’s operational career comes to an end.

29th March 1955 Cosens’s AGM

Cosens held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 29th March 1955 in the company’s board room in the office at Weymouth.

28th March 1948 Embassy

Easter 1948 at Bournemouth.

27th March 1960 Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth being refitted at Southampton by her new owners Torbay Steamers Ltd.

26th March 1951 Pride of Devon

Pride of Devon in the scrapyard at Grays in Essex.

25th March 1967 Caledonia

Caledonia damaged at Rothesay.

24th March 1970 Eppleton Hall

Eppleton Hall arrives in San Francisco.

23rd March 1954 Arran

The Clyde’s new car ferry Arran carries her 2,000th passenger and causes a change of roster for the paddle steamers.

22nd March 1968 Bristol Queen

Bristol Queen had rounded Lands End under tow and was on her way to the breaker’s yard in Belgium.

21st March 1947 Farringford

Farringford was launched on Friday 21st March 1947.

20th March 1961 Monarch

Dorset Echo reports progress on the demolition of Monarch in the scrapyard in Cork.

19th March 2001 Kingswear Castle

Work progressing on renewing Kingswear Castle’s starboard sponson.

18th March 1961 London & Home Counties Branch

London & Home Counties Branch of the PSPS formed.