Category Archives: Megoran’s Musings

The ever indefatigable Mrs Eileen Pritchard (PSPS Member number 1) organised a visit to the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service Paddle Tug Grinder at Portsmouth for 11am on Saturday 2nd October

Embassy was rostered to make her last trips of the 1953 season from Bournemouth on Thursday 1st October. She was due away from her overnight berth alongside Poole Quay at

On Thursday 30th September 1965 the Portsmouth/Ryde paddle steamers Sandown and Ryde were both tucked up for the winter in Newhaven Harbour. Sandown had been the first to cast off

On Tuesday 29th September 1964, Jeanie Deans made her last movement under her own steam of the season leaving Craigendoran on the morning tide for her lay up berth in

Just three weeks after the surrender of Japan brought the Second World war to a close, Cosens’s paddle steamer Empress set off from Weymouth for the Medway on 26th September

Embassy’s last trips of the 1963 season were scheduled for Thursday 26th September for a departure from Poole Quay at 9am for Bournemouth from where she was due to leave

Wednesday 26th September 1956 was the last day in service of P & A Campbell’s one time flagship paddle steamer Britannia. This was later than had been planned. Indeed Britannia

On Wednesday 25th September 1963 Consul was due back in Weymouth after a pretty disastrous season trying to run from Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings followed by a somewhat difficult week

At the end of the 1965 season P & A Campbell bought Red Funnel’s Isle of Wight excursion vessel and Southampton/Cowes ferry Vecta to join their Bristol Channel fleet. She

Friday 23rd September was the last scheduled day of the 1955 season for Consul with an “Afternoon Tea Cruise to the Bill of Portland” advertised in the steamer notice for

On Monday 22nd September 1958 Glen Usk was withdrawn from service earlier in the season than had been planned and was replaced by Cardiff Queen. The previous day, Sunday 21st

After having been returned to operational condition with full passenger certificates in May 1985, Kingswear Castle ran a trip from Strood and the Historic Dockyard Chatham on 21st September through

The Southern Railway paddle steamer Portsdown hit a recently laid German mine and sank while on passage between Portsmouth and Ryde on the 4am mail run on Saturday 20th September

On Saturday 19th September 1959 there were two round trips scheduled from Dartmouth at 9am and 3.45pm to Totnes returning at 10.45am and at 5.45pm. Totnes is tidal and cannot

Princess Elizabeth finished her season at Weymouth on Wednesday 17th September 1964 and the following day set off from the Pleasure Pier at 4.30pm up the harbour and through the

On Wednesday 17th September 1958 Bristol Queen was de-stored and prepared for her winter lay-up having finished her summer season the previous day. For her last day in service on

Cardiff Queen’s schedule on the Cardiff/Weston ferry service on Wednesday 16th September 1964 was interrupted by the wind which by the afternoon was gusting up to gale force 8 She

Princess Elizabeth’s sailings on the previous day, 14th September 1960, had been cancelled due to the weather but she was in steam and had shifted ship from her usual berth

Around 9am on Saturday 15th September 1934 whilst leaving Newhaven Harbour Brighton Belle’s high pressure cylinder cracked. In his excellent book “The Story of Campbell’s Steamers Volume 2” Chris Collard

Just as on every Wednesday from 20th July to 21st September 1932, on Wednesday 14th September 1932 the almost brand new luxury Southern Railway paddle steamers Southsea and Whippingham were