From 1897 onwards for over thirty years the Joint Railway service run by the London and South Western Railway and the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway and their successor the Southern Railway kept churning out near identical paddle steamers for their Portsmouth to Ryde ferry service. There were minor points of difference in the detail and they were ever so slightly different in size but basically they were all the same ship. And why not? If you hit on a design that works for the service you operate then why change?
Kingswear Castle returned to service in 2023 after the first part of a major rebuild which is designed to set her up for the next 25 years running on the River Dart. The Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust is now fund raising for the second phase of the rebuild. You can read more about the rebuilds and how you can help if you can here.