After an excellent river cruise on the Balmoral Motor Cruiser, a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to take the Waverly, from Tilbury, via Southend, cruising the Medway. Waverley is the only Ocean going paddle steamer left in the world.
Built on the Clyde in 1947 – to replace the original Waverley that sunk off Dunkirk in 1940, the Waverley was originally built to sail only between Craigendorran & Arrochar in West Scotland. It is amazing to think that she now sails right round Britain offering regular trips on the Clyde, the Thames, South Coast of England and the Bristol Channel with other calls at various ports & piers throughout the UK.
Were were lucky enough to see the ‘Kingswear Castle’, paddle steamer, on route.
The coal-fired paddle steamer KINGSWEAR CASTLE was built in 1924 by Philip & Son of Dartmouth and sailed up and down the River Dart with her virtually identical sister ships and COMPTON CASTLE until the 1960s.
I’d recommend any of these three ‘classic’ ships (Waverley, Balmoral & Kingsear Castle) to you. Look out for them at a UK port near you spring to Autumn.
http://www.pskc.freeserve.co.uk/ (Kingswear Castle)