Category: Megoran’s Musings

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

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.

6th December 1957 Shall we Convert to Oil?

By 6th December 1956 discussions were well in hand in Gourock about converting Jeanie Deans, Jupiter and Waverley from coal to oil firing.

5th December 1969 Eppleton Hall

Eppleton Hall reaches the midway point on her Atlantic crossing.

4th December 1930 Alexandra

Paddle steamer Alexandra up for sale.

3rd December 1968 Balmoral

Balmoral’s last voyage for Red Funnel to lay up at Northam.

2nd December 1895 Dover

Paddle steamer Dover launched at Denny’s Yard on the Clyde.

Winston Megoran Remembered

The December issue of Classic Boat features an article about the marine artist and former PSPS member the late Winston Megoran.

1st December 1940 Her Majesty

Her Majesty sunk in German bombing raid on Southampton

30th November 1933 Sandown & Caledonia

Southern Railway place an order for a new paddle steamer with Denny of Dumbarton.

29th November 1935 Talisman

Talisman’s winter roster.

28th November 1951 Lorna Doone

Red Funnel’s Lorna Doone slipped at Southampton.