Summer 1961

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

Summer 1961

London & Home Counties Branch formed – There were no empty seats at the Clwb y Cymry, Oxford Circus on 18th March when the Chairman of the Society opened the proceedings at 7.30 pm. The film “Coasts of Clyde” which included many shots of paddlers on the Firth was shown, thanks to the co-operation of the British Transport Commission. The secretary gave some details of the new Branch, the membership of which would start at around 45.

Portsmouth paddlers – PS Ryde arrived at Southampton for overhaul and passenger survey on 7th February. She entered dry dock on 20th March and came out at the end of that month. PS Sandown was in service over the Easter period on the Portsmouth/Ryde ferry run. PS Whippingham was at Newhaven for her annual overhaul

Cosen’s depleted fleet – With the sale of PS Monarch the fleet at Weymouth is now only a shadow of its former greatness. The Monarch was towed from the Backwater on 31st January and moored at the Pier. Eventually on 1st March, she left on her last sad journey to Cork leaving an emptiness in Weymouth Harbour where once seven or eight buff funnelled paddlers were berthed in the winter. The Curator has since received the maker’s plate from the firm of breakers, a gift very much appreciated by the Society.

Clyde Easter sailings – All four paddle steamers were in use over the Glasgow Spring Holiday week-end. Jeannie Deans took the afternoon cruise from Craigendoran to Tighnabruaich whilst the others were on the railway connection runs. By the Thursday following the holiday all but the Talisman were back in Albert harbour, laid up until the opening of the summer season.

Sussex Queen – will be slipped at Dorset Lake Shipyard during May and will remain in Poole Harbour until the season opens In June. Her condition when visited by a member at Easter was described as “good”.