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 2014:
Paddle Steamer Balmoral Breakdown

Built in 1900, the Balmoral was the crack long distance excursion paddle steamer of what came to be called Red Funnel emerging from her winter slumbers for only the peak

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November 2014:
Paddle Steamer Loss

Wars are pretty unpleasant for all who get caught up in their trail of killing, blowing up and destruction. But there are those for whom wars are seriously good news.

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October 2014:
End of South Coast Paddle Steamer Season 1960

In 1960 there were still eleven paddle steamers offering trips along the South Coast of England between Hastings in the east and Plymouth in the west. With the exception of

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September 2014:
Sea-Going Paddle Steamer Weather and Other Issues

Weather was ever a problem for large sea-going excursion paddle steamer operators. If it was dull or rainy passengers did not want to sail. If it was too windy, the

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August 2014:
New Book on River Conwy Paddle Steamers

With the blossoming of Victorian tourism in the 1840s, the beautiful Conwy Valley in North Wales, with its healthy climate and picturesque scenery, became immensely popular. The rediscovery of an

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July 2014:
Paddle Steamer Lorna Doone at War

Amongst the many news stories in the May 2nd 1941 edition of “The War Illustrated” including “In Bombed, Blasted and Burnt London the Doctor Stands By”, “Belgrade: Tragic Capital of

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June 2014:
Paddle Steamers at Eastbourne June 1927

June 1927 saw three paddle steamers from the P & A Campbell fleet based at Newhaven and offering a wide range of trips along the Sussex Coast. According to this

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May 2014:
Paddle Steamer Medway Queen Then and Now

The Medway Queen Preservation Society held open days for their members and for the general public on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April at their base in Gillingham, Kent. Here

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April 2014:
Paddle Steamer “Stop That Thief”

The October 1948 edition of the Southern Region Magazine of the newly formed British Railways has on its cover a picture of Lady Missenden, wife of Sir Eustace Missenden, Chairman

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March 2014:
Paddle Steamer Passenger Prosecuted

Peter Lamb has sent in an interesting press cutting of a court case involving the non-payment of a pier toll for Bournemouth Pier, shown above with Cosens’s paddle steamer Victoria

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February 2014:
Last Clyde Season of the Jeanie Deans

Fifty summers ago, in 1964, there were still four paddle steamers operating on the Clyde, the Jeanie Deans, (pictured above) Waverley, Caledonia and Talisman. Built in 1931, the Jeanie Deans

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January 2014:
Paddle Steamer Bilsdale

The paddle steamer Bilsdale started life as the Lord Roberts built by W Allsup and Son of Preston in 1900 for the Great Yarmouth Steam Tug Company’s excursion services along

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