Pictures of the Month

Monthly paddle steamer articles written by John Megoran, author, manager and principal captain of Kingswear Castle for nearly 30 years on the Medway and the Thames as well as the River Dart.

You can read more of John’s paddle steamer reminiscences in his regular Megoran’s Musings features on the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society website here.

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December 2005:
Capt Shippick’s Audrey Transforms Thames and Medway Excursions

Capt Shippick became master of Cosens’ Brodick Castle (pictured above) in 1908 and stayed with the ship until her withdrawal with boiler trouble in 1910. In the odd way that

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November 2005:
Clyde Paddle Steamer Jeanie Deans Goes South November 1965

As part of Dr Beeching’s Draconian pruning of the British railway system, the Clyde lost two of its veteran steamships after the 1964 season, the turbine steamer Duchess of Montrose

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October 2005:
Eagle Paddle Steamer Sailings from Tower Pier 1935

Seventy years ago, in the summer of 1935, Londoners had the opportunity to sail down the Thames from Tower Pier every day, excepting Fridays, to Southend, Margate, Ramsgate or Clacton

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September 2005:
UK Paddle Steamers Withdrawn September 1965

Forty years ago in September 1965 three more UK paddle steamers were withdrawn from service, the Sandown (pictured above in 1965 at Portsmouth), the Princess Elizabeth and our own Kingswear

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August 2005:
Last Season for the Paddle Steamer Empress in 1955

Fifty years ago, in the same summer that British troops were sent overseas on yet another military adventure, in this case to Cyprus, the antique paddle steamer Empress was withdrawn

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July 2005:
PSPS Paddle Steamer Charters in 1965

Founded in 1959, the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society was very active in promoting paddle steamers and paddle steamer excursions in the 1960s, from the outset organising various charters and tirelessly

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June 2005:
Paddle Steamer Plymouth Belle

One hundred and ten years ago, in the summer of 1895, a large, new paddle steamer appeared on the South Coast of England. With a flush deck extending almost the

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May 2005:
P & A Campbell Paddle Steamer Brighton Belle

The start of the season on the Sussex Coast eighty years ago in April 1925 with the paddle steamer Brighton Belle taking advantage of Wednesday early closing day in Hastings

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April 2005:
Weymouth Harbour Paddle Steamer Riding Posts

In a harbour where the water comes up towards and occasionally over the top of a quay at high tide there is a risk that any ship with anything sticking

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March 2005:
Hythe Ferry Paddle Steamers

One paddle steamer route from history is still very much with us today, although sadly no longer operated by a paddle steamer, the one mile crossing between Hythe Pier (pictured

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February 2005:
Paddle Steamer Captain Leonard Horsham

Many will remember Capt Leonard Horsham pictured here with John Richardson aboard his beloved paddle steamer Medway Queen, of which he was master for her whole post war career. In

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