Category Archives: Megoran’s Musings

On Tuesday 12th April 1960 P & A Campbell’s Glen Gower arrived in the scrapyard at Boom near Antwerp on the River Scheldt in Belgium. She left Penarth Dock on

On Saturday 11th April 2015 the Loire Princesse was on the second day of her maiden voyage along the River Loire. And before we go any further let’s get one

On Monday 10th April 1961 the Dorset Evening Echo printed a photograph of progress on the scrapping of Cosens’s Monarch in the Haulbowline Industries scrapyard in Cork. She had left

On Thursday 9th April 1964 British Railway’s paddle steamer Ryde was on the grid in Newhaven Harbour for survey and underwater work. On into the 1960s one or other of

On Wednesday 8th April 1936 Gracie Fields was launched from the Southampton yard of John I Thornycroft & Co by the great lady, popular singer and artiste herself. Afterwards there was

On Good Friday 7th April 1950 Consul opened the Bournemouth season. Starting at Easter at Bournemouth and Swanage was ever tricky financially. The weather might be good. The weather might not

On 6th April 1961 Jupiter was towed away from her berth in the Albert Harbour at Greenock, where she had lain since the end of the 1957 season, bound for

On Wednesday 5th April 1950 Glen Usk opened the Bristol Channel season spending the day running backwards and forwards on the 9 nautical mile crossing between Cardiff in Wales and Weston

At 2.30pm on Thursday 4th April 1946 Bristol Queen was launched from the shipyard of Charles Hill & Sons by the Lady Mayoress of Bristol, Mrs James Owen, for P & A

On Thursday 3rd April 1945 the Admiralty announced that “spirited and successful action” was fought between HMS Paddle Minesweeper Lorna Doone, formerly part of Red Funnel’s fleet of excursion steamers, and three

During the First World War the coal mines were taken over and run by the Government as part of the war effort. After the war they were returned to their

For Easter 1958 P & A Campbell rostered three paddle steamers for their Bristol Channel sailings: Glen Usk for the Cardiff Weston ferry, Bristol Queen for the down Channel trips

The boiler and engine of Princess Elizabeth have been found in a lockup just outside Basingstoke where they have lain undisturbed for fifty years amongst a treasure trove of other

Following the departure of Captain Baker at the end of the 1956 season, Cosens appointed Cdr T Johnston to become their Bournemouth manager in March 1957 to take his place.

The operational career of Red Funnel’s Duchess of Cornwall finished at the end of March 1949. She had been built in 1896 by Barclay Curle on the Clyde as Duchess of

Cosens & Co Limited held their Annual General Meeting at 12.15pm on Tuesday 29th March 1955 in the company’s board room in their office in Weymouth at which they presented

28th March 1948 was Easter Sunday and Cosens’s Embassy was ready to start her season. However it was not a nice day with wind and general murk so she stayed

Easter was early in 1967 and the weather terrible with wind, rain and heavy seas. Although both Waverley and Caledonia were rostered to be out from 24th to the 27th March, passenger

On Sunday 27th March 1960 Princess Elizabeth was in a mud berth at Northam, a suburb of Southampton, being prepared for a new career running excursions from Torquay. In 1958 Red Funnel

On Monday March 26th 1951 Pride of Devon was in the scrapyard at Grays in Essex having been towed round from Southampton where she had been laid up since the