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It is now more than thirty-five years since we returned Kingswear Castle to service on the Rivers Medway and Thames. She is now approaching the point where once again she will be in need of another major rebuild to secure her future for the next thirty-five years. The cost of this is estimated to be approaching £1.5 million.

We already have funding of almost £500k towards this but need your help to raise the rest to help keep this historic steamship sailing into the future.

Your support will make a massive difference. It will enable us to keep Kingswear Castle in service as the last British paddle steamer of her type, providing pleasure and delight to present and future generations.

You can optionally elect to have a name or personal message appear on our virtual donor wall on behalf of yourself or a loved one.

Please support us by making a donation by clicking on one of the three links below. If possible please select Bank Transfer as it avoids the handling fees charged by PayPal.

VIRTUAL DONOR WALL

Recognising all those who have donated to the major rebuild fund

Restoration & Refits

Pictorial accounts of Kingswear Castle's restoration and refits

You can donate to the Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust by bank transfer using the following details:

  • Sort code: 40-52-40
  • Account code: 0000-7743

If you are a UK taxpayer you can boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate. Gift Aid is reclaimed by the Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust from the tax you pay for the current tax year. Your address is needed to identify you as a current UK taxpayer. If you wish to boost your donation, upon completion of your bank transfer please make us aware by completing this form:

Kingswear Castle, the last remaining operational coal fired paddle steamer in the UK, is owned by the Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust, a registered charity which takes care of the ship in association with the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.

The Trust, originally called Paddle Steamer Navigation Ltd. was established in 1963 with the intention of buying the paddle steamer Alumchine. Sadly that deal fell through but in 1967 Kingswear Castle was purchased for £600 with a loan from the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Restoration, primarily by volunteers working at weekends at Chatham Dockyard in Kent, took many years and it was not until 1984 that she attained the necessary certificates to carry passengers once again.

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    You can make a donation to the Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust by sending a cheque to:

    Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust
    PO Box 9565
    Weymouth
    DT4 4HT

    If you are a UK taxpayer you can boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate. Gift Aid is reclaimed by the Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust from the tax you pay for the current tax year. Your address is needed to identify you as a current UK taxpayer. If you wish to boost your donation please state your consent for Gift Aid to be reclaimed, plus your full postal address, in a covering note or letter accompanying your cheque.

    Please also indicate in a note accompanying your cheque any name or message that you wish to appear on our virtual donor wall here.