Kingswear Castle – Technical Details

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ShipbuilderBuild in 1924 by Philip & Son of Dartmouth
Cost£10,333 in 1924, approximately £633,000 today when adjusted for inflation
Engine builderManufactured in 1904 by Cox & Co of Falmouth and recovered from the earlier PS Kingswear Castle (1904-1923)
Engine type130HP (96kW) two cylinder compound reciprocating steam engine with 12″ and 24″ cylinders with a 24″ stroke
BoilerScotch single furnace return tube, 8′ (2.43m) diameter x 8′, coal-fired, working pressure 120 psi (8 bar). Replaced over the winter of 1961/1962 by a new boiler of similar design and again in 2000
Boiler makerWellman Robey of Oldbury, Birmingham. Built in 2000 and funded by a grant of £79,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Coal capacity4 tons (4,064kg)
Paddle wheels10′ (3m) diameter, fixed wooden floats
Length overall113′, 8″ (34.7m)
Hull beam17′, 6″ (5.3m)
Beam overall28′ (8.5m)
Draught4′ (1.2m)
Gross tonnage94 (47 nett)
Service speed8 knots (9mph/15kph)
Port of RegistryDartmouth
MCA passenger certificatesClass V 235 passengers
Class VI 100 passengers
Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI)235007618
Radio call signMCGH6
Operators 1924 – River Dart Steamboat Company
1985 – Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust
2012 – Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company