Category: Megoran’s Musings

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

Balmoral to Bournemouth

Fancy a day trip on PS Balmoral from Southampton to Bournemouth via Ventnor on Monday 14th August 1939? Take a look at how the day panned out: 14th August 1939: Balmoral – Kingswear Castle

Competition for Cosens

Although paddle steamer operator Cosens & Co of Weymouth had a pretty near monopoly on excursions to sea from Weymouth, if you exclude the motor boat trips from the beach and the harbour, they did not have the field entirely to themselves even amongst larger craft. To find out more check out the Pictures of…
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Paddle Steamer Trips Seventy Years Ago

What sort of paddle steamer rides were available from Bournemouth seventy years ago in June 1953. To find out take a look at the June Pictures of the Month on the Kingswear Castle website: June 2023: June 1953 Bournemouth – Kingswear Castle

London Belle

Ever wondered what leavers to push or which wheels to turn to make a paddle steamer engine go? To find out take a look at the April Pictures of the Month on the Kingswear Castle website: London Belle – Kingswear Castle

Princess Elizabeth After the War

Fancy a trip aboard Princess Elizabeth around the Isle of Wight just after the war?

Galley Flues

Ever wondered how long a paddle steamer galley flue lasts before disintegrating? To find out take a look at the February Pictures of the Month on the KC website: Galley Flues – Kingswear Castle

Marketing KC at Chatham

Kingswear Castle ran on the Medway and Thames from 1985 to 2012 from her then base at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. To see how we did it and attracted passengers up the gangway click here: 12th January 1989: SEETB Excursions Fair – Kingswear Castle

Two Thames Trips 1949

Fancy two trips down the Thames in the summer of 1949 aboard Royal Daffodil and the then brand new Queen of the Channel? Check out the January Pictures of the Month on the Kingswear Castle website: January 2023: Two Thames Trips 1949 – Kingswear Castle

KC Santa Special 1989

On Sunday 17th December 1989 KC ran a Santa Special on the River Medway. To find out more click here: 17th December 1989: Kingswear Castle – Kingswear Castle

KC December 1989

Take a trip back in time with us to 16th December 1989 when KC ran a Christmas buffet lunch cruise on the River Medway from Strood. To see how the day panned out click here: 16th December 1989: Kingswear Castle – Kingswear Castle

King George V July 1936

Lewis and Celia Wood took a “day” trip from London to Oban and round Mull on King Geoge V, with time ashore at Staffa and Iona along the way, out overnight on Friday 10th July 1936, back overnight the following day. To follow their adventure and see how they got on check out the December…
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Gallia December 1912

Take a look at the December Pictures of the Month about the Lake Lucerne paddle steamer Gallia on the KC website:

Stafford Ellerman’s Uncle Lewis

The late Stafford Ellerman left meticulous records of his extensive travels both in this country and abroad. In this he followed the example his Uncle Lewis Wood. He was a civil servant by day at the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich but in his time away from work, and maybe at work too sometimes, he dreamed…
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29th October 2018 Stadt Luzern

On Monday 29th October Stadt Luzern’s outgoing Captain Kuno Stein and her new master Roger Maurer spent the day clearing the ship’s bridge and office.

End of 1960 Season

When did the seasons end for the paddle steamers still in service in 1960? To find out take a look at the October Pictures of the Month on the KC website: October 2022: End of the 1960 Season – Kingswear Castle

Consul 10th September 1962

What was the paddle steamer Consul doing on 10th September 1962. To find out take a look at a feature on the KC website: Consul 10th September 1962 – Kingswear Castle

New Model of PS Consul

For more details about a new model of PS Consul check out a feature on the KC website:New Model of Consul – Kingswear Castle

How They Do It on Lake Geneva

How do they keep the paddle steamer on Lake Geneva solvent? To find out more check out the Pictures of the Month on the Kingswear Castle website: September 2022: How They Do It on Lake Geneva – Kingswear Castle

Consul’s 1960 Season

What was the paddle steamer Consul doing during the 1960 season? To find out have a look at the August Pictures of the Month on the Kingswear Castle website: August 2022: Consul’s 1960 Season – Kingswear Castle

Embassy’s Catering in the 1960s

Embassy’s Catering For a look at Embassy’s catering in the 1960s check out the Pictures of the Month on the Kingswear Castle website: July 2022: Embassy’s Catering 1960s – Kingswear Castle

Thames & Sussex Coast Revival 1969

In 1969 P & A Campbell set out to revive excursion sailings on the River Thames and Sussex Coast using the Queen of the Isles. For more details of the complex schedule they offered that summer, with sailings from London, Southend, Clacton, Margate, Ramsgate, Deal, Hastings, Eastbourne, Shanklin, Boulogne, Calais and Ostend check out the…
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13th September 1963 Consul

Paddle Steamer Consul arrived on the Thames on 14th September 1963 but things didn’t quite go to plan.

23rd November 1971 Caledonia

Caledonia sold to Bass Charrington for a new static career on the Thames.

23rd November 1937 Corfe Castle

In November 1937 Red Funnel’s Mauretania ex Queen renamed Corfe Castle.

Swiss Paddle Steamers 2021

How has the season been for the Swiss paddle steamers?

30th October 1957 Bournemouth Queen

Bournemouth Echo expands on its announcement the previous day that Bournemouth Queen was to be withdrawn.

3rd October 1997 Waverley

Waverley sails from Tilbury to Chatham.

Glen Gower 1954

What was Glen Gower doing during the summer of 1954?

A Week in the Life of Monarch 1960

What was Monarch doing during a week in August 1960?

15th September 1960 Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth’s last trip of the season from Torquay to Lyme Regis on 15th September 1960.