Category: Megoran’s Musings

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

20th September 1941 Portsdown

Portsdown sunk by a recently laid German mine on an early morning passage between Portsmouth and Ryde.

19th September 1959 River Dart Paddle Steamers

What were the River Dart paddle steamers Compton Castle, Kingswear Castle and Totnes Castle doing on this day?

18th September 1964 Captain Defrates

Last trip of the 1964 season for Princess Elizabeth from the Weymouth Pleasure Pier through the Town Bridge to her winter lay-up berth in the Backwater.

17th September 1958 Bristol Queen

Bristol Queen de-stored and prepared for her winter lay-up having finished her season the previous day.

16th September 1964 Cardiff Queen

Cardiff Queen’s Cardiff/Weston ferry service interrupted by the wind.

15th September 1934 Brighton Belle

Brighton Belle disabled by a crack in her HP cylinder.

14th September 1932 Southsea & Whippingham

Southsea and Whippingham scheduled to run long afternoon cruises from Portsmouth and Southsea.

13th September 1959 Captain Phillip Rawle

Capt Philip St Barbe Rawle’s last Sunday in command of Embassy.

12th September 1964 Waverley

Waverley sails to Campbeltown.

11th September 1932 Southsea or Whippingham

What were these two paddle steamers scheduled to do on Sunday 11th September 1932?

10th September 1937 Eastbourne

Sailings from Eastbourne Pier on Friday 10th September 1937.

9th September 1950 Royal Eagle

Saturday 9th September 1950 should have been the penultimate day in service of Royal Eagle. But was it?

8th September 1963 Medway Queen

Medway Queen’s last day in service.

7th September 1960 Monarch

Cosens’s Monarch made her last trips of the season on Thursday 8th September 1960.

6th September 1937 Essex Queen & Queen of Southend

What were Queen of Southend and Essex Queen scheduled to do on Monday 6th September 1937?

5th September 1914 Monarch & Majestic

Monarch advertised for a trip from Bournemouth to Swanage and Weymouth to see the troops.

4th September 1953 Consul, Embassy and Empress

Two different paddle steamers in Lulworth Cove and visits to a warship.

3rd September 1949 Ravenswood

Crew trouble aboard Ravenswood and other vessels.

2nd September 1939 Sussex Coast

With war about to be declared P & A Campbell cancelled all further Sussex Coast sailings and ordered Brighton Queen, Waverley and Glen Gower to return to the Bristol Channel.

1st September 1937 Victoria

Victoria scheduled for a trip from Weymouth to West Bay, Lyme Regis and Seaton.

31st August 1958 Monarch

Monarch’s Late Night New Orleans Jazz Cruise, “The River Boat Shuffle”, with Gerry Brown’s Jazzmen and the Kapota cancelled.

30th August 1950 Bristol Queen

Combined steamer and rail trip on Bristol Queen from Cardiff to Plymouth.

29th August 1957 Bournemouth Queen

Bournemouth Queen’s last day in service.

28th August 1967 Kingswear Castle

On Monday 28th August 1967 Kingswear Castle arrived under tow at Binfield on the Isle of Wight on charter to the Ridett brothers who then owned Medway Queen.

27th August 1886, 1928, 1934 & 1935

An unlucky date for paddle steamers?

26th August 1937 Duke of Devonshire

Duke of Devonshire offers two round trips Torquay/Sidmouth and an afternoon cruise to St Mary’s Bay.

25th August 1928 Royal Sovereign & London Belle

Royal Sovereign & London Belle scheduled to sail from London and Greenwich to Margate and Ramsgate on Sunday 26th August 1928.

24th August 1960 Princess Elizabeth

On Wednesday 24th August 1960 Princess Elizabeth’s trips from Torquay were cancelled.

23rd August 1925 Ravenswood

Ravenswood’s last trip to Boulogne.

22nd August 1955 Britannia

Britannia scheduled for the long day trip from Bristol to Cardiff and Ilfracombe.