Saturday, 9 February 2013

Kingswear Castle Returns to Totnes

On Thursday 7th Febuary Kingswear Castle steamed up the River Dart to Totnes on a trial run. This was her first call at Totnes since 1965. Since her last visit Steamer Quay has been widened so there is now a reduced turning space to allow KC to cant before heading back down river to Dartmouth. Jeremy Gold, Chairman of Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust, took some pictures as KC was canted and has kindly provided them for use on this blog.

KC approaches Steamer Quay, note how narrow the River is. 
The cant rope is deployed to allow the steamer to be turned to head back down river.

KC starts to cant.

Nearly half way round.

Further round - over half way in the cant now.

All turned and heading for home.
Kingswear Castle will be going up on the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company's own slip on Tuesday 12th February. She will enter passenger service on Friday 29th March (Good Friday) with a special "Homecoming Charity Cruise" where all proceeds will be donated to the PSPS. Tickets are still available at or by calling 01803 555 872.

The Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company is manged by Andrew Pooley who was aboard KC for the run to Totnes, he is pictured below onboard with Company Secretary & Financial Controller. Andrew addressed members of the PSPS at the last AGM in Bath in November when it was announced that KC would be returning to her home waters.

Andrew Pooley & John Jones

Paul Semple

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

SHIP AHOY - Maritime Heritage Exhibition

An exhibition of photographs and other artefacts from the organisations involved and a rare opportunity to view material and items from the Clyde River Steamer Club Archive is being held on

Saturday 13th April, 2013 - 11 am until 4pm  

Carmichael Hall, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Glasgow  G46 6UG


There will be a display of model Steamers.   

Slide and video shows will be running throughout the day.

This is an opportunity to meet and chat with people from a host of organisations based in and around Glasgow and the Clyde, who have an interest in our Maritime Heritage, its history and the provision of services in today’s world.  

If you have items from your own collections you would like to share, bring them along on the day and you will be made most welcome.

West Highland Steamer Club
Clyde Model Steamer Club
Clyde River Steamer Club
Paddle Steamer Preservation Society
Coastal Cruising Association
Waverley Excursions Ltd 
Caledonian MacBrayne
MacBraynes Circle (buses)
Clyde Marine Services
Friends of Glenlee (The Tallship) 

Please put it in your diaries and come along and support the event and the Clubs and Organisations who have arranged it.

Sunday, 3 February 2013