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corletteguys@kooee.com.au
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I have just been looking at your website firstly to see if I could find pictures of the Jeanie Deans.  I wasn't disappointed.  I am currently trying to write my childhood memoirs as an interest and a challenge for myself and just in case my two grandchildren may at some time be curious as to 'what it was like in the olden days'!!  My family were all railway people.  Dad was a railway signal engineer on the Scottish region and my brother followed in the family tradition.  Not sure exactly what he did but one of his last projects was to do with the electrification of the line between Edinburgh and the Borders.  I have been reminiscing about the Clyde steamers as I had many voyages on them as a young girl and also Colin, my brother, started his railway apprenticeship by working on the Jeanie Deans.  When he retired he acquired a picture of the Jeanie Deans and also one of a viaduct which was prominent in his electrification project.  Thus he covered both ends of his career!   I have lived in Australia now for almost thirty years so my project is taking me back to my childhood on the other side of the world.  I keep looking things up on the web, sometimes for curiosity and sometimes to verify what I think I can remember.  Sites like yours are fascinating.  Keep up the good work!   Kind regards, Pam Marshall
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Fri 20/04/2007 05:53

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anthonycooper@bulldoghome.com
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I am not much good on the fashions of the period and the boat was at Bournemouth from 1881 to 1909 but I think that the date of the compulsory extra lifeboats, ( the date escapes me) should be a clue. You show a picture on site (http://website.lineone.net/~tom_lee/elginglass.htm) of her prior to this happening. It would suggest circa 1905. Thanks, Ed. What do other visitors think?
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Sat 20/04/2007 14:37

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j.greaves936@btinternet.com
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Hello like a lot of others I have just found your site.  My memories are taken on PS Golden Eagle to Southend from Tower Bridge as a schoolboy. I later joined the MN. One of the ships I was on was a coaster called Bullfinch. The Captain when I joined was Captain on the Medway Queen in the season. I was only a boy on second trip to sea. He soon taught me how to steer and box compass in quarter points.  Another day out as kids was on the Woolwich ferry, Ihave some photos of Golden Eagle/Medway Queen tucked away somewhere. John Greaves. Picture of Bullfinch sent by email. Ed.
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Tue 03/04/2007 17:48

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michaelcane@shaw.ca
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Loved your site, I worked on these paddlers each summer 1960-63 as deckhand and remember coaling the Whippingham using wheelbarrows!
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Mon 26/03/2007 21:25

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Dear Mr Lee, I am also a collector of ships postcards and I attempt to trace the ships depicted I have a card showing an early paddler, the ERINS ISLE, which I think may date from 1877, and worked possibly off Ireland. Have you ever heard of this ship and if so, any details would be appreciated. All the best with your very good site. Ralph Bigrigg Details sent by email. Ed
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Sat 24/02/2007 20:09

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g4fas@tiscali.co.uk
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Tom,  Whilst researching my family history I have discovered that on 16th Aug. 1883 an ancestor of mine died aboard the PS 'Queen of the Bay' whilst on an excursion from Southport to Blackpool.  He was a very strict Methodist and probably died of shock when he realised he was on a booze-cruise ! Geoff
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Sat 24/02/2007 11:30

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piper8248@btinternet.com
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Dear Tom, Have just returned from a trip to Southend which brought back a lot of memories of my youth. I have been searching the Internet and have come across your fascinating site on Paddle Steamers. Are you able to confirm that I could have travelled from Brighton to Southend by paddle Steamer in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s please? An excellent site on the subject by the way.Regards John Piper John, I don't think this would have been possible but there may have been a "positioning" trip whilst a vessel was changing locations. I don't have a record of such a trip though. Does any visitor know different?
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Fri 16/02/2007 10:45

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lawrand@online.no
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Hi, I have been looking at website with all those wonderful paddle steamers bringing back many memories. As a boy living near Southend- on-Sea, I often took the trip to London on Golden Eagle. Later when I joined the RN i served on HMS Aristocrat during her many Adventures. I was a little disappointed not to see a picture of her on your website, I have some not very good quality, but usable. Please let me know if there is any interest in using them. Regards L J Rand
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Thu 11/01/2007 10:48

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MarciaandAndy@aol.com
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I found your site by accident (you know how easy it is to get distracted by attractive looking sites) and was impressed.   The great co-incidence is that my father in law was the engineer on the Empress and took her on the final voyage to the scrap yard.   I have passed your web address on to his grandchildren so that they can show him when he visits over Christmas.  He is now 92 but still very active.   Andy Allan
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Sat 16/12/2006 13:42

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kallesinn@kallesinn.com
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Enjoyed your site thanks for sharing some excellent photos of some beautiful ships. I was a regular on the ships of P& A Campbell during the late 50's and 60's . As with some other visitors to your site my favourite was the Glen Usk perhaps because she was a coal burner and she was the one that usually did the evening cruises up the Avon which were memorable trips.   Why we didn't have the foresight to save a few more for the enjoyment of future generations I really dion't know ---- The Glen Gower for example was sold for 15,000 GBP to Belgian breakers ,hardly a fortune to have been raised even in those days..   Unfortunately we still haven't learned as a whole generation of passenger ship heritage disappears in Alang !   Best regards,   Paul Morgan (Now of Finland previously Barry, S.Wales)
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Sun 10/12/2006 19:39

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d.demaine@tiscali.co.uk
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Dear Sir. Having stayed at the Hotel Devonia Eastbourne, for many years on holiday. I was very interested in finding this site. One of the Holiday makers actually made a model of the Devonia, which now sits proudly in the front porch of the Hotel. Derek De Maine (Actor)
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Tue 05/12/2006 14:06

Email:
seade@blueyonder.co.uk
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I found your website while researching the family tree - the pictures are fantastic . One of my Great uncles was apparently a crew member on the Crested Eagle paddle steamer and I was wondering if you had any crew lists to enable me to confirm this. The family are not close so no-one knows when he was on the steamer or even if he lost his life when the ship was sunk at Dunkirk. Any info you have would be greatly appreciated.   Kind regards   Stuart Eade
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Sun 03/12/2006 16:41

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steve@stevecranston.com
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This site is a gold mine! I am doing some research into the SS Lochiel on the Islay run between 1939 – and 1970 and ending up as a bard in Bristol harbour before being scrapped in the mid 1980’s. Do you have any leads I can follow up – I am trying to build a picture of the vessel (www.lochiel1960.blogspot.com). I was a 13 week baby on board returning from a visit to grandparents in 1960 when she hit rocks and went down. It is a story I am fascinated in and now want to find out about this and other stories connected to Lochiel. Any tips would be really appreciated. Steve Cranston South Wales
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Wed 29/11/2006 14:35

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DanielsonRG@aol.com
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Dear Tom   I should like to take the opportunity to congratulate you on your lovely paddle steamer website. I have enjoyed browsing its contents greatly.   Best wishes   Richard Danielson ONCHAN Isle of Man
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Wed 29/11/2006 14:35

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valtay65@westnet.com.au
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Hi Tom, I served as a boy on the Royal Daffodil, sailing From Gravesend to Southend and I remember our trips only went as far as Mid channel. Then we turned around and did the return to pick up the bods at Southend, My job was in the Tea Bar selling cups of tea at 6d a cup, then running all round the deck collecting the cups and saucers. I think the year would have been 1947/8. I then went onto the Big Ships ( this is being Sarcastic)  Owned By F T Everard of Greenhithe. I then went to Royal Mail Line Durango, then a few other ships before a HELL tanker owned by the Hopemount shipping of New Castle, This was their only ship called the Hopemount. To try and stop the crew from paying off the skipper and the company changed the home port destination to Rotterdam as this was not a home port on the articles we could not pay off as we were told it was not the end of the voyage, so a few of us jumped ship losing our wages as well as our discharge books.This was the end of my days at sea as I was called for National service in the Army soon after. Regards Peter Taylor.
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Sat 11/11/2006 04:54

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purbecksteve@charter.net
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Hi Tom, Nice site.I have attached a family photo from 1923 of the Bournemouth Queen. My grand parents are leaning against the rail just to right if life ring with black hat and bow tie with my grandmother to his right I grew up in Bournemouth and spent my youth fishing off of the pier. I remember the Embassy and the Consul paddle steamers in the 50s and early 60s. Good Luck Steve Phillips USA Photo can been seen by clicking here. Ed
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Fri 10/11/2006 05:15

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JRHOPETYWYN@aol.com
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I have another matter of some interest to me.   Around the 8th. August 1952 I sailed from the Pier Head to Minehead on what was a horrendous day,  with the sea being very rough.   I was on my way to a holiday in a chalet on Dunster Beach.    We were at that location on the night of August 15th,  which of course is when the Lynmouth floods occured.  I have often wondered which steamer did this run in August 1952.   I had a feeling it was the Ravenswood,  but it could have been the Glen Usk.   Have you got any information as to which ship it may have been.    The White Funnel Sailings lists of course never made any reference to which ship was being used.    All the best, John Hope
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Tue 10/10/2006 17:09

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Healeyaandj@aol.com
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On the internet pictures of P&A Campbell's Glengower it is stated that in 1934 she went permanently to the South coast. In fact she spent time in the Bristol Channel after the war as I lived near the Pier Head at Cardiff and travelled on her many times. I am related to the Guy family , who for many years were the local agents for Campbells. I hope this may help in some way.
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Tue 10/10/2006 17:09

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JRHOPETYWYN@aol.com
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was on the Glen Usk when she went aground in the River Avon in July 1959.     Most reports of the incident clearly put the blame on the late departure from the Hotwells pontoon on a falling tide.   I was 15 at the time and usually liked to position myself as close to the bridge as possible.  Shortly before going aground Glen Usk met a coastal steamer coming up stream on the Horseshoe Bend.   She was forced to reduce speed,  and close in on the right bank.   In doing this she was unable to maintain steerage,  and I suppose it was inevitable that she grounded.   At the time I thought the coaster could have done more to give Glen Usk more room to manouvre;  after all she only had a handful of people on board, whereas the paddler had more than 600.   I do not know whether the Glen Usk Captain was reprimanded for this incident;   but to this day I genuinely feel that he did a magnificent job in evacuating the ship with the minimum of alarm to all on board. John Hope
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Mon 09/10/2006 23:00

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j.christian@media-consulta.com
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Hello Tom, Just in case you wanted to update your excellent site on the MV Crested Eagle (became MV Imperial Eagle – Malta) http://www.subwayscuba.com/imperialeagle.html refers. I have dived it many times. An excellent resting place for the “old lady”. Regards Jules Christian Business Development Manager Media Consulta International 4, Sappers Street Valletta, VLT11 Malta
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Thu 31/08/2006 13:30

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jack-walkington@lineone.net
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Hi Tom, I stumbled on your site quite by accident and find it fascinating. In 1955 I was a member of the crew on the Empress of Scotland which was a Canadian Pacific Line ship. The ship sailed between Liverpool and Montreal with stops at Greenock and Quebec. At Greenock we stopped offshore and passengers were brought out on a paddle steamer which I believe was the Waverley. Can you confirm the name for me or put me right. Thanks for putting this site on line.Cheers, Jack Walkington
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Thu 24/08/2006 12:15

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aliblack@btinternet.com
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Hi Tom, I was wondering if you could help me. I'm currently working with my minister to put together a church service to commemorate Merchant Navy Day on the 3rd of September. One of the areas I'm keen to highlight is the contribution of the other "home fleet", namely the paddlers requisitioned for war work (I'm a winter volunteer on Waverley, so paddlers are in my blood!). What I'm trying to find is a picture of the 1899 Waverley in wartime condition to be used as the cover picture for the order of service. Any assistance (either in the form of a picture or a link to where a pic can be found) would be greatly appreciated. Yours, Alistair.
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Sat 19/08/2006 23:12

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pmunday@dasurf.net
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Tom,  Hi.   Like your website! I am a rather elderly model boat fanatic.   My son and I have built all sorts of boats, but we decided it was time to build something interesting and so we plumped for the PS Waverley.   I am in the process of sending off my application to join the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society so that I can get as much info as possible, but do you know of any sources where I can purchase plans of same, please?   Any help would be appreciated.   Pete Munday
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Sat 29/07/2006 16:50

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juliette_gibb@hotmail.com
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Hey Tom, I have a model of the John Batey that inherited from my mum. It was given to my grandad (or great grandad) as a leaving present from the company he worked for ( I believe this to be a Batey company or associated company but am not sure). It's in a display case and is in need of some restoration. Do you know of anybody who does this?   Much appreciated J (if anyone can help Juliette, please email her. Ed.)
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Sun 09/07/2006 14:18

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graham.humphrey1@tesco.net
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I found your site while trying to research something, stopped the research and enjoyed the site, well done it is fantastic.  I don’t know whether you or any of your readers can help me, but I have be trying to find details of a ship that brought my Grandfather, his brother and a friend home safely from Dunkirk.  If was only the other day I discovered they came back on a Paddle Steamer, so I am hoping some enthusiasts may be able to help, or point me in the right direction.  Unfortunately the only details I have are:

It was a twin funneled Paddle Steamer

The ship was crewed by the Navy

They were on their fourth trip

It had been damaged on the second trip

The vessel was listing to port

It had a hole just below the paddle cover

They landed at Ramsgate

Keep up the good work, you clearly make a lot of people happy bringing back some very happy memories. Kind Regards, Graham Humphrey (if anyone can help Graham, please email him. Ed.)

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Sun 09/07/2006 12:18

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chris.mannall@btinternet.com
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The picture you have of Consul is taken from the end of the Weymouth GWR jetty and pier. The prominent White chalk cliff is WhiteNothe  on the Eastern side of Weymouth Bay. Consul was of course one of the Cousins Paddlers and generally was reckoned to be a sister ship to Empress. Iwas a school boy and watched the comings and goins of the Weymouth ships whenever they vcame back to their home port. Im pretty sure both Empress and Consul went mine sweeping and I think they were also at Dunkirk. When the war finished in 1945 they came home and were refitted in Hope Cove and slipped on Cosens slipway under the Nothe Gardens. the maim workshops however were above the Town Bridge and getting bits of plate from there round to the slipeway was quite a performance. I have a particular penchant for Empress cos' she was the last of the double ACTING oscillating engines built by Wm Penn at Blackwall. The ship was built by Samuda Bros at Poplar and my Gt GT grandfather was 2nd mate on the THY Vestal also built by that yard in 1855 but then the engines of the same type were at the leading edge of technology. Rgds Chris Mannall
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Thu 09/07/2006 07:40

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JeanandFrank@aol.com
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Dear Mr.Lee,, I thought you like the following information for your site. I am researching some family history, and have a newspaper cutting about my mother's great uncle, Gunner George Frend-R.N. who was awarded the D.S.M for gallantry at Dunkirk, during which the above vessel was blown up  The citation says that he kept his gun in action to the last, even taking out a live shell when the gun mis-fired. He was hurled 60 ft. into the air when when the ship was hit, but sustained only minor injuries. He went on to serve in one of the destroyers that was given to Britain by the U.S.A   Regards,   Frank Hepburn.
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Thu 09/07/2006 06:48

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L@john-ston.freeserve.co.uk
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Hi Tom wonderful site I have just come across-congratulations and keep up the work! I have a six foot handmade model of the PS Columba which my dad built 15 years ago. She is absolutely beautiful and he has also built all working parts so she can sail, but Ineed to find the correct boiler for her. If anyone is able to help me restore a true lady to her former glory please email me on l@john-ston.freeserve.co.uk. I need to put a few finishing touches to her but what a joy to behold. Very hopeful of any help or history available. Louise Johnston
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Thu 11/05/2006 06:48

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Dear Tom, Found your site today – great! I am researching the naval career of my uncle, Stanley Palmer, who served in HMS Goatfell from October 1942 to July 1943.   The ship was believed to be based at HMS Beaver and HMS Badger at Immingham during this time.   I would like to know what she did or anyone who served on her.   I believe she was an AA ship. Perhaps you know of some books which would be of interest. Many thanks John Taylor. (information sent by email. Ed)
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Fri 28 Apr 2006 20:25

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ALJANDON@aol.com
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Hi,   Stumbled across your site accidentally and, it brought back many happy memories of sailing on the Clyde & Western Isles.   I was born and brought up on Islay with grandparents living in Glasgow so summer holidays involved a trip out on Lochiel (skippered by my uncle "Big" Dan Mcleod of legend (also known as "Desperate Dan"). On arrival at West Loch Tarbert we bussed across to the East Loch, there to catch the St Columba or, Lochfyne onwards to Gourock.   This leg of the journey involved a liesurely sail to numerous ports such as Ardrishaig, Tighnabruach, Rothesay, Innellan, Dunoon and others to many to recall. Looking back I cannot believe that half a lifetime has come and gone since those days when I could watch the passage of so many legendary ships as we ambled through the Kyles. My brothers and I will carry those happy memories with us always.   Thanks for helping to top them up.       Alastair Matheson
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Fri 31 March 2006 21:06

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andy@chiadfhear.co.uk
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Hi Tom   A fascinating site.   My Great Grandfather James Crawford, a marine engineer, died on board the paddle steamer 'Viceroy' sailing between Tighnabruaich and Ormidale on 8 July 1890. It was great to be able to add a picture of the boat and the information about it to the family history file.   Regards   Andy Crawford St Andrews Fife
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Fri 31 March 2006 14:25

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AuroraJon@aol.com
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Hi Tom, I was born in Bournemouth in 1944 and grew up with the Cosens and Co fleet of paddle steamers through the 50's and 60's, remembering long trips to Weymouth, Portland, Southampton and Portsmouth on these fabulous, albeit not wonderfully seaworthy in a storm, steamers. Well done on your site. Will visit often. Jonathan Finch
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Weds 29 March 2006 14:57

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josephine.masters@btinternet.com
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I thought you may be interested to know that I was picked up by the Tynwald at St. Nazaire approx. June 25th 1940,having been ordered to get to the coast as soon as possible after the evacuation at Dunkirk,  I was originally sent to France as part of the B.E.F my company was 5th Reserve MT Co. RASC, I crossed France on my own in a 3 ton Bedford and due to the refugees on the road I fortunately missed boarding the Lancastria and instead was taken to Plymouth by the Tynwald. As you probably know the Lancastria was sunk losing thousands of servicemen which was possibly one the worst single disasters of the war. As you can imagine the Tynwald has always had a special meaning for me.   With kind regards, S.M. Masters
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Tues 28 March 2006 21:23

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johnainley@onetel.com
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I  thought I would try and find an old memory from my childhood, so put in paddle steamer bilsdale. Imagine my surprise when up comes your wonderfull site. We lived in Scarborough at the time and I can remember being taken on the Bilsdale to visit HMS Repulse which along with HMS Hood was visiting Scarborough at the time. I dont remember what the year was, must have been 1933 or 4. As I am now 89 I do tend to forget!!!!  Keep up the good work. J.L.Ainley.
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Mon 20 March 2006 17:35

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Combwork@aol.com
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My first memory of a paddle steamer would have been in the 1950's at Weston-Super-Mare. I can't give you a ships name, but I seem to remember the cylinders oscillated, like a modern Mamod model engine. Is this likely? Anyway, well done for putting this site together.
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Sat 25 February 2006 22:14

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masterm@snowcrest.net
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My grandfather John Walker Rodgers came to Fleetwood Lancs about 1903 from Londonderry with his family. He was a seafarer and eventually obtained his masters HT ticket and was master/pilot of LUNE. Do you have any information on him? Or his family? Thank you Peter Wright
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006 1:11 PM

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LioncoeurPRH@aol.com
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Sir,   Like your site very much. Came across it just now as my wife had been given an old photgragh album with the Glen Gower cruising just off the coast around 1920. The coast looks like the west country - but can you enlighten us?   It is quite a small photo and needed the magnifying glass to read it properly. Did it serve as an Isle of Wight ferry in the 1950's?   Thanks for such an evocative site which i shall refer onwards.   Paul.
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Thursday, 23 February 2006 18:20

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raskal@hermitage170.freeserve.co.uk
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My family used to have our annual holiday at Weymouth during the early years of the 1960's and we took regular trips on Consul & the Princess Elizabeth. Just out of picture on the left would have been a large bell that was sounded by the Harbour Master when a sea mist developed so that the excursion steamers and channel island ferries could get a bearing on the harbour. I remember vividly one day fishing at the end of the pier and a thick sea mist rolled in. The harbour master, knowing a ferry was due, sounded regular tolls on the bell. To our horror the bows of the ferry suddenly loomed in front of us like a tower block, how it missed the pier I will never know! Also using the harbour at that time was the St Patrick and Sarnia that were owned by British Rail, also a Channel Island supply vessel called Moose. I can recall spending hours in the engine room of the paddle steamers watching in fascination as the massive piston con rods ploughed backwards and forwards and the fact that almost everyone on deck was normally sick. Those years were fascinating to me. The holiday started with a train ride from Woking, pulled by a huge streamlined steam loco, we stayed at a hotel on the seafront called the Seaview, and we ate at the Dorathy Cafe and sat on a first floor balcony to eatbour food, many a time when we sat there the maroons would go off for the Lifeboat and we would watch it launch. We would also watch the derricks unloading the Channel Island boats of their cargo of cut flowers and tomatos and load them onto railway trucke to be sent to London. Pity that those days are gone and the vessels are not still with us. I visited Weymouth a few years back with my own children, the Lifeboat is still there but the harbour is just a ghost of what it used to be Roy Nottrodt.
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07 February 2006 10:33

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john@johnic.freeserve.co.uk
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Royal Eagle reminiscences 1948 from John Nicholls.

After completing a course at the Outward Bound sea school at the tender age of 15 I tried my very best to join the Merchant Navy. I found a way in with the help of a shipping agent by the name of Captain Brown. He told me that by completing a period on the Royal Eagle I would then qualify via my discharge certificate to hold a union card and to join a shipping pool. I followed his advice and joined the Royal Eagle in March 1948 at Tower Pier,Pool of London. Prior to starting the season of carrying day trippers to Southend, Margate and Ramsgate there was a very important operation to carry out ,That was to sail down the river to Chatham dockyard to have the wartime de-gaussing gear removed. This was a series of thick wires wrapped around the ships hull acting as neutraliser against magnetic mines. After that it was all about preparation for the Summer season.

My first job as a lowly deck boy was to count passengers on, using a click meter. In the very busy periods (and there were many of them) two gangways were in use. After setting sail my next job was to be on the bridge writing down the times of passing certain points down the Thames.The skipper seemed to give this job a great deal of importance,he himself explained to me that the Thames lighterman would blame the Eagle for causing too much wash and would then attempt to claim insurance damages. The idea of time keeping was to counter their claims. My other jobs were placing deck chairs around the decks and then collecting and stacking them after use.When docking at the piers of Greenwich(first stop) Southend,Margate and Ramsgate was to help getting the gangways aboard. Depending on the tide any one of three decks could be used,this included the sponson on very high tides. In most cases the ship followed the deep Thames Estuary channels but when the tide was right the skipper took her across the flats from Southend to Margate,past old wartime wrecks one of which was an American liberty ship supposedly full of high explosives, I do believe it still there. The flats of course were very shallow sandbanks (which were like the Goodwin Sands) visible at low water.The Royal Eagle like most Paddle Steamers had a very shallow draught.Other notable points of interest in the Thames estuary were the wartime gunforts which were easily visible from the ship. Two events which worth noting during that season, a B.B.C radio broadcast of a programme called Down Your Way with Richard Dimbleby and Wynford Vaughan Thomas ,and an annual event where the mothers and fathers of Merchant and Royal Navy cadets visited the training ship Worcester which was moored next to the Cutty Sark Downstream. I watched Dimbleby and Vaughan Thomas in action using their huge microphones. The comment that the ship and passengers were passing through the Pearly Gates when going under Tower Bridge was re-broadcast a number of times. The Mothers and Fathers visit to the Worcester was interesting as a good proportion of the people were V.I.Ps Lords and Ladies,Knights of the Realm and their Ladies and many other well dressed people. The crew of the ship were allowed on board the Cutty Sark,so at least I had the priviledge of being on board while she was still afloat.

A large proportion of the deck crew were men from the Western isles of Scotland. They nearly all came from Stornaway and they all seemed to be named Macdonald. They were very fine seamen.If there was ever a competition for throwing heaving lines a long distance I am sure they would win hands down. Besides having strong arms they would load the Turks Head on the throwing end of the line with lead slugs to give them extra weight. The deck crew would eat and sleep in the foc’sle head .this became too crowded and halfway through the season I was moved to the seamans mission in Dock street which I commuted to and from every evening and morning. Every sailing day the ‘Sparks’ would give his announcements and then play music there and back.His favourite seemed to be ‘This my Lovely Day’sung by Georges Guetary,from the musical ‘Bless the Bride’His consistent playing of it even enabled me to remember it from that long time ago.I paid off the Royal Eagle in September 1948. I hope you find some of these memories interesting. Regards and the very best John Nicholls.

Date created:
05 February 2006 14:47

E-Mail:
brucepearse@btinternet.com
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I found your site by accident this evening and am contacting you to say how much pleasure I have had looking at it's contents.   When I was a teenager I worked on three of the paddle steamers that worked out of Cardiff Pier Head. The Glen Usk, The Cardiff Queen and The Bristol Queen.   My job was that of galley slave and much of my time was spent sitting over the sponsons peeling potatoes which were subsequently turned into chips.The restaurant supervisor was a Mr. Jones who was a complete terror to work for. He was responsible for the two restaurants on the Bristol and Cardiff Queens as well as the buffet on the Glen Usk. However, the Cardiff Queen was his particular pride and he spent most of his days giving hell to the catering staff on that vessel.   I only ever made two trips on the Glen Usk some time around 1958/9. After that she was withdrawn from service and tied up in the dock along side of the Pier Head. I think it was called the Bute West Dock ? What I do remember was that she was coal fired and very unpleasant to work on at times with the wind in the wrong direction. Her normal duties were just cross channel trips between Cardiff and Weston. Whilst the other two ships made the longer trips between Bristol, Lundy and Tenby.   In about 1960/61 I attended an open day organised by the RNVR in Cardiff Docks. They had a minesweeper tied up there which I think was called the St. David but I am not certain of that fact. On the open day they took a party of visitors for a "cruise" just around the dock and did considerable damage to the Glen Usk as the minesweeper came back into it's mooring point just in front of The Glen Gower. Some time later the Glen Gower was towed away for scrapping and I can remember seeing her pass through the lock gates on her last journey. I believe she was scrapped in Belgium but again cannot be sure.   Most of my time was spent working on the two Queens. The Bristol Queen mainly spent her time travelling between Weston , Cardiff and Barry. This was because she was slightly higher in the water than her sister ship and less likely to get trapped at the difficult Weston Pier. The normal routine was three trips per day with an evening cruise from Barry,Cardiff , Porthcawl,or some of the ports on the other side of the channel.Many of these the evening cruises were positioning cruises and the passengers on board would have a coach or train trip back to where the cruise had started. The ship remaining at the point from where it would start the following day.   The Cardiff Queen sailed on longer day trips with at least three trips to Penarth, Ilfracombe, Minehead and Lundy a week. This vessel also sailed from Mumbles and Tenby.The Lundy trips were particularly difficult as passengers had to be landed in small boats.There were several occasions when we got to Lundy where it proved impossible to land pasengers because of the winds and tides. Usually the ship then sailed around the island and back to Minehead. I can remember on several occasions the ships got caught by the tides at both Weston and Minehead. Again when this happened the passengers would have to stay on board until the tide rose again and the rest of the day's excursions would then be scrapped.   The entry to the Pier Head moorings at Cardiff were controlled by signals very similar to those used on railways. Again I can remember the Glen Usk getting caught there by the tide when the signal was not correctly operated.   The meals served on the two Queens were very basic. In the restaurant it was a choice of steak, pies , mashed potatoes or chips. There was also a buffet counter that served very similar fare. When the weather was rough chips went off the menu because of the dangers from the fat swilling about. The bars sold Brains bottled beers and this was a cause of disgruntlement for the crew as they were not allowed to buy beer even when off duty and moored up for the night.   The crews were mainly experienced seamen who were heading towards their retirement. They liked the work because it was possible to spend more time with their families than on normal shipping duties. Many of them would go off to Milford Haven in the winter and undertake trawling work until the Campbell cruises started up again the following summer.   We wore dark blue polo necked sweaters that had the words P and A Campbell written in red across the chest. The sweaters were very poor quality and unravelled easily but the management insisted that they were worn what ever the state of the material.As a consequence we always looked very untidy and not ship shape at all.   I close by saying again how much pleasure I have got from looking at your site . I send you my kindest regards and remain,     Yours sincerely,     Bruce Pearse.
Date created:
04 December 2005

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asvl69@dsl.pipex.com
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Hi, Thank you for this wonderful site. It brought memories flooding back of a school day trip to Boulogne! We left from the end of Margate Pier (the old metal and wood one that got destroyed later in a bad gale) at around 8:300 AM on the "Queen of the Channel". However, turning in to the English Channel from the relatively quiet North Sea and heading straight into a force 8-9 South Westerly things changed rapidly!   Kids were suffering everywhere, bags being filled by the dozen.... the trip seemed to take years...even I saw my bacon sandwiches that I had consumed for breakfast some hours earlier... we were rolling as well as pitching.... makes for an interesting, but colourful trip. Anyway, we eventually got to Boulogne quite a bit later than planned, and the shore time was cut down to two and a half hours, instead of the planned 4 hours. I went for a walk with a few of the others, to get our balance back under control. Then we had a snack and refreshments at a harbour cafe. All were dubious about the return trip, but the ships whistle blew and we assembled tentatively. We could see right past the ship to the Channel, and the gale, long since blown out, had calmed that churning mass, into a serene millpond. Needless to say, the calm of the return journey made up for the horror outward calamity.   Nevertheless, a wonderful day out, on a fantastic little ship. I often wondered what became of her. If I were wealthy enough, I would buy her, replenish her, and live on her!   Yours sincerely, Robin Edwards.
Date created:
Sun Nov 06 00:02 2005

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patronkerr@optusnet.com.au
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Lovely site.   I used to live in Southend and remember watching the paddle steamers in the 50s at the end of the Pier.   I now live in Canberra, Australia, and am lucky enough to be a Deckhand on a 128 year old Murray River Paddle Steamer, the PS Enterprise, which has been restored by, and belongs to, the National Museum of Australia. We raise steam with the original boiler (a 12-horsepower two cylinder engine made in Beverley, Yorkshire)  on weekends during the summer and at a stately 6 knots steam around Lake Burley Griffin. The vessel is crewed completely by Volunteers who all take great pleasure in the Old Lady.   Regards Ron Kerr
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Sun Nov 06 00:02 2005
 
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STEVEHAISMAN@aol.com
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Hi, Do you know where I may contact Darren Vidler, regarding the 'Rock Across the Channel' events?   Thanks,   Yours Steve Haisman. Sorry, no. If you read this Darren, please contact Steve. Ed.
Date created:
Sat Oct 15 15:35:24 2005

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fcdw@supanet.com
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I have just found out that my father went out to the First World War on the TS Onward from Folkestone to Boulogne on 17 April 1915. Do you know if there is anywhere I can buy a postcard of the ship? Thank you for showing it on your site. Regards Fred Walkington MBE. Details sent by email. Ed.
Date created:
Sat Sep 17 15:35:24 2005

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john.holloway4@ntlworld.com
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Absolutely fantastic,could not be better. Thanks.
Date created:
Fri Sep 9 19:50:19 2005

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angela_wigley@yahoo.co.uk
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Great website Tom! Showed my Mum and Dad who enjoyed looking at the pictures, as my Mums family were involved in working on the paddle steamers located in Medway for many years. Brought back some good memories for them!! Have emailed your web address to my Uncle who may be able to guess some of the locations you are unsure of, from the photographs. Thanks for sharing your pictures and family memories with us !!
Date created:
Sat Aug 27 20:36:04 2005

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imacpherson@comcast.net
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I am originally from Paisley and your wonderful website brought back many very happy and vivid memories of my childhood sailing on the great steamers of the Clyde and the Western Isles. I too was fortunate enought to have a mother and father who instilled in me a love of traveling and cruising on these old steamers. My particluar favorites in the McBraynes line were the St. Columba and the King Geroge V. I too was fortunate enough to travel from Oban on the Sacred Isles Tour in the 1950s and then again in the early 1970s when also I sailed on the KGV from Fort William to Iona. I also have a very tattered and worn copy of the Sacred Isles Tour leaflet you reproduced on your website. My favorite steamers from the Caledonian Steam Packet Company were the Duchess of Hamilton and the Queen Mary II. Many times I took the day trip on the Duchess of Hamilton from Gourock to Campbeltown via Dunoon, Rothesay, Largs, Millport (Keppel Pier), Loch Ranza, and Campbeltown. And on the Queen Mary II from Glasgow Bridge Wharf to Tighnabruaich. I am indebted to you for reproducing pictures of these beautiful old steamers on your website and again, bring back many, many, very vivid and happy memories of a childhood spent going "doon the water" on the great steamers of the past. Thank you so much. IAIN S. .J. MACPHERSON
Date created:
Sat Aug 27 05:31:48 2005

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g.c.davies@npt.gov.uk
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My Mother has asked me to post her reminisances on the BBC WW2 People's War web site. In it she mentions being evacuated from Dagenham on the Golden Eagle. Just out of interest I searched to see if I could find any information. She will be delighted to see the photos of the evacuees on the boat. Will let you know if she has any particular memories about the trip.
Date created:
Fri Aug 26 16:32:10 2005

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davidajmiller@blueyonder.co.uk
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Great site-best around on the subject. Reminds me of childhood trips to the IOW. Lengths and breadths of the ships would be good David
Date created:
Tue Aug 16 17:20:36 2005

E-Mail:
dtat@iprimus.com.au
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Interesting Site on the UK Paddle Steamers during the war. I remember my Dad taking me on a trip in our Port Philip Bay on the remaining Paddle steamer - "Weeroona" which during the war was used as a utility? vessel up in New Guinea. Came to an ignominious end whilst neglected in Sydney Harbour. Of course, I am from Melbourne not Sydney. Regards, David - Melbourne, Australia.
Date created:
Wed Aug 10 01:21:53 2005

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gariatmmc-travelholidays@yahoo.com
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I am researching the Ben-my-Chree III (1908-1917) and have a largish word document with all the links incl two showing the Ben3 on fire and the Ben3 sunk. The history is all there but it will be a while before I put it on the web. Drop me a mail at this address with Subject line starting: [Ben3] and a request for a copy. The file is AV checked and 274kb. A further smaller file summarizes the Ben3 saga in a posting to the IOM group. If you want to join the IOM Yahoogroup and track all news then send a blank mail to the above which should read IsleofMan-subscribe@yahoogroups.com Gari
Date created:
Tue Jul 19 18:39:30 2005

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IsleofMan-owner@yahoogroups.com
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Somebody asked way back about Ben-my-Chree and Ed. replied with something in Scottish Gaelic which we don't speak here on Mann. In Gaelg (Manx Gaelic): woman, ben woman of my heart, ben my chree woman of the house, ben y thie http://www.gaelg.iofm.net/DICTIONARY/dict/W.html Slane lhiats Gari
Date created:
Tue Jul 19 16:42:14 2005

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reptile1515@aol.com
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PS QUEEN EMPRESS. I wonder if anyone recalls my late father, Lawrence Robinson, who served aboard the Queen Empress throughtout the war. He was a Petty Officer in charge of the radio and radar equipment. Very many thanks. Brian Robinson.
Date created:
Fri Jul 15 18:37:24 2005

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reinarichardson@yahoo.co.uk
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My elderly in aunt in Australia would like to know what happened to Lt Bill Daniels who was on the Enchantress during the war. She last heard of him in 1943. Can you help, please?
Date created:
Wed Jun 29 09:35:31 2005

E-Mail:
lenknight@blueyonder.co.uk
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Claim Officers from the National Heritage Lottery (south-east division) visited the veteran paddle-steamer Medway Queen on 18 May. The visit lasted five hours and a total inspection took place. Once again, it's a "finger-crossing and nail-biting" time for the members of the Medway Queen Preservation Society, but we have been informed that the officers should come to a decision within twelve weeks. In the meantime, a grant of 35,000 has been allocated.
Date created:
Thu Jun 16 12:53:20 2005

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stujean@evemail.net
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I have seen footage from the Mitchell & Kenyon films showing scenes of life about the year 1900. There are moving films of the St.Elvies and the St.Tudno (North Wales Steamship Co) and also included are some shots of the crew. One of these is my Grandfather who died aged 49 in January, 1906. He walks towards the camera on the bridge, looks ahead and then turns around and goes back. It is so lifelike and I am pleased to have a video of him.The films are produced and enhanced by the British Film Institute.
Date created:
Fri Jun 10 21:32:56 2005

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philtrigg@supanet.com
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As always, it's a pleasure to browse your site and get ideas for model-making. Thanks Phil, Ed.
Date created:
Fri May 27 17:29:26 2005

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howard26@ntlworld.com
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Just for your interest, the house I now live in has a front door made from a piece of teak taken from the steamer Enchantress ( ?Lady Enchantress ). Noted on a plaque attached to the door, unfortunately I have no data to tell me who originally placed it in it's current position. Regards, David Howard.
Date created:
Wed May 18 11:53:41 2005

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wdconnolly@hotmail.co.uk
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My father served onboard HMS Goatfell (aka Caledonia) during WW2. I've just read a message on this site from David Hand whose father was also onboard her then. Unfortunately his email address isn't correct although I'm hopeful that I've tried enough variations to reach him. Anyway, thanks for creating this site. My Dad will love it.
Date created:
Sun May 8 07:37:21 2005

E-Mail:
BSHORT@ALLSTREAM.COM
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Very good historic information.
Date created:
Mon May 2 18:34:27 2005

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robert@rshaw9.fsnet.co.uk
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Wonderful site Tom, full of nostalgia. As an old T.S.Arethusa boy on the Medway in `1947-49' I daily saw some of the vessels pictured herein. All remembered with affection. Many thanks for all your excellent work. Robert E.Shaw
Date created:
Tue Mar 29 17:00:09 2005

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larryscottnelson@rogers.com
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Request info on this steamer: Thomas Nelson, mate of the steamer Ensign, of Glasgow, owned by Mr. Robertson. The Ensign arrived from Abergelly with a cargo of limestone. SOURCE: The Glasgow Evening Times, dated October 26, 1895
Date created:
Fri Mar 18 21:08:09 2005

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larryscottnelson@rogers.com
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Could you guide me to a photo of the steamer referenced in this newspaper article dated 1895? He was my g-grandfather. Thank you. ********* GLASGOW MAN DROWNED AT IRVINE. IRVINE, Saturday. - This morning, about nine o'clock, Wm. Moir, the signalman of the Irvine lifeboat crew, who was trawling in the river, found the body of a man floating a short distance off Henderson's wharf. When brought ashore it was identified as that of Thomas Nelson, mate of the steamer Ensign, of Glasgow, owned by Mr. Rober
Date created:
Fri Mar 18 21:03:34 2005

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mike@mikereaney.co.uk
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I enjoyed my visit to the site I have just started to collect PC's of pleasure craft and have found a wealth of information here. Please keep it up, regards Mike R
Date created:
Fri Mar 11 16:07:44 2005

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beckiew@fsmail.net
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Hi, I'm trying to find any info about my great grandfather Fred Henry Cole, though known as Henry. He was a pier master for Birnbeck Pier Weston S Mare, I believe around 1930-40s some time. He also worked for Campbells steamers. I think his brother was called Henry Alfred he was also a pier manager at Birnbeck. If anybody knew them, or can help at all please contact me. Many Thanks. ps what an interesting site!
Date created:
Mon Mar 7 15:33:15 2005

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sgt.wilson@tinyworld.co.uk

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Was directed to this site after a query on a Welsh history newsgroup. Remember travelling from Swansea to Ilfracombe in 1946 or 7.. very rough crossing, very sick.... I'm interested from a Fam Hist point of view of trying to understand the level of trade and the carrying of passengers round 1840 between Bideford/Northam/Appledore and Newport and if the sea crossing is the one my Grgrgrfather would have taken from Devon to south Wales Great site--- I didn't realise there was so much info around
Date created:
Mon Feb 28 21:53:23 2005

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ripvanblair@hotmail.com
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Fantastic site really enjoyed looking at some of the older steamers, brought back some memories, used to live in Port Bannatyne, so I've sailed in some of these, and with many holidays to the Isle of Man really enjoyed the journey--------many thanks------------Alan
Date created:
Thu Feb 24 10:44:59 2005

E-Mail:
lenknight@blueyonder.co.uk
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Now we have been presented with the long awaited ‘Ships For The Nation’ report, what are we to take onboard? I must assume this has nothing to do with the possible DCMS interference to the funding by diversion of the Heritage Funds that could have been available after 2009 into other purposes than Heritage, normally financed by the Tax Payer (Read Heritage Afloat Report) More info on www.medwayqueen.com Len Knight
Date created:
Sun Feb 13 12:05:40 2005

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Great Site! Found a lot of information regarding the "Lady Enchantress" my Grandfather served throughout WW2 on board HMS Enchantress as she was then. Really sad to hear about her miserable end. Hoping to make a model of HMS Enchantress soon and then one of the Lady Enchantress they should look the business side by side. Best regards. Paul.
Date created:
Thu Feb 10 09:47:13 2005

E-Mail: jean@davies8405.fsnet.co.uk

Comments:
Excellent site, I used to go as a boy on holiday to Ilfracombe each year with P.A.Campbell. Beautiful memories. Thank you, Stuart Davies
Date created:
Sun Feb 6 20:38:40 2005

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Superb site! Stumbled on it whilst researching the paddle tugs and early vessels of William Watkins Ltd., so was particularly interested in P.S. Cynthia. Sure I will visit many more times.Thanks. Pete the Paddler.
Date created:
Sun Jan 30 15:05:49 2005

E-Mail:
tsby_editor@yahoo.co.uk
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Very enjoyable and informative website. My interest is photos/illustrations of paddle steamers 19-20th. century that have followed the sailing barge races on the rivers Thames and Medway. Names include Princess Alice, Oread, Jackal, Clacton Belle, Medway Queen, Royal Sovereign etc. If you have any of these - idealy with barges in the background [or even without] I'd be delighted to hear from you. Mike Wignall Thames Sailing Barge Match Committee [nominally at Gravesend]
Date created:
Wed Jan 26 22:59:23 2005

E-Mail:
Di3012@aol.com
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I would love to hear from anyone who knew my late Father, Mr BERTIE JAMES GOOD who was Chief Catering Superintendent at General Steam until he retired in (I think) the early 70's.
Date created:
Wed Jan 26 18:07:00 2005

E-Mail:
Jimbekusch@blueyonder.co.uk
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Wonderful site. It brings back many childhood memories of the Clyde steamers. I spent my youth in Dunoon, there were plenty of paddlers coming and going from there. I remember the Jeannie Deans and the Talisman. It was a great treat to go down below and see the engines in the Waverley. I am speaking about the 1950s to the 1960s. Jim S. Bekusch.
Date created:
Wed Dec 29 12:22:09 2004

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johnsparsons@onetel.com
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I was looking for information re Royal Daffodil on behalf of a friend who, apparently, was evacuated on her from London to Yarmouth, he will be delighted Very interesting site, I shall return John Parsons
Date created:
Tue Dec 28 18:48:49 2004

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norm.riches@care4free.net
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I have found your site very interesting and nostalgic. As a child (1936-39)I made several trips on these steamers from London Bridge to Southend and Margate or from Southend to Rochester. Also on 1 (or 2?) Sept, 1939 I was evacuated from London with many other children from Dagenham to Great Yarmouth aboard the Royal Daffodil. Thanks for your splendid site.
Date created:
Mon Dec 20 16:55:27 2004

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l.davies@ukonline.co.uk
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I've just been looking at the picture and reading about "Gracie Fields". My grandfather was killed on the way back from Dunkirk on her. Liz Davies
Date created:
Mon Dec 13 21:41:31 2004

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theh0bb1t@btinternet.com
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Thank you. V interesting. My Grandfather was the senior Master for Cosens & Co and as a boy I took excursions on all of Cosens then fleet. As a retd RN shipwright I have always admired the quality of workmanship in these old ladies.
Date created:
Mon Dec 6 15:56:56 2004

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smurphy@softhome.net
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Popped in for a quick look, got caught up in nostalgia for the old ladies I spent my youth sailing "doon the Clyde" on. Thank you you for your dedication to web sites like this, it keeps memories of bygone day's alive.
Date created:
Sat Nov 27 18:34:05 2004

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Fantastic collection of sidewheelers... really enjoyed your gallery. D.Blomberg
Date created:
Mon Nov 22 20:11:52 2004

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davidberry@exeat.freeserve.co.uk
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My father served on most of P & A Campbell Steamers, and I also did a few years as a O.S. Prior to cadetship and obtaining command of ULCC Tankers. Now retired and still at sea on my own motor yacht Exeat. Age 65 next Aug 05
Date created:
Thu Nov 18 21:25:40 2004

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Jim@jimneilson.fsnet.co.uk
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I am researching family history and found a relative in 1901 census aboard Philomel moored in Lucious Bay. His name was William George Neale aged 31 member of crew (Leading Shipwright). Question 1 - where is Lucious Bay? Question 2 - is there any way of getting more information about Wm G Neale Grateful for any help Jimbo Can anyone help Jim? Ed.
Date created:
Sun Nov 14 11:27:08 2004

E-Mail:
davidhand_9hotmail.com
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A very interesting site. If it is of any interst to you and your readers my father served on the Paddle Sweeper Marmion at Dunkirk and was a'board when sunk in 1941. His next ship was the Goatfell. He has fond memories of both ships. It would be of interest to me if there are any surviving crew or relatives who could possibly add to my research into these ships and their role in the second world war. Dave Hand
Date created:
Mon Nov 8 17:31:54 2004

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Lionel_Whorrall@yahoo.co.uk
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I was wondering if the Duke of Clarence was the same ship that was in collision with the Steam Trawler Albatross off Maughold head isle of man in November 1894? Regards Lionel.
Date created:
Wed Nov 3 15:45:45 2004

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Love the Website. My husband was a pantry boy on the Medway Queen in 1956. We have been down to see her and belong to The Preservation Society. We saw a big photo up of my husband when we visited. John has bad breathing difficulties now so I do not know if we will make it again. We have enjoyed finding this site and printing off some off some of the photos. Well done and thankyou. Keep up the good work. Joy and John Clarke Thanks for your kind comments. Ed.
Date created:
Fri Oct 29 17:22:24 2004

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vchaisty@aol.com
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now one of my favourite sites
Date created:
Fri Oct 15 16:05:11 2004

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jessica.drescher@newsclub.at
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Hi Tom, got in for once as wasnt here for a rather long time to look for news. Really impressive new photos of my favourite vessel, the Jeanie Deans. Well done! So good there are people kindly sharing memories and photos with all of us that really helps keeping the Jeanie Deans in good memory. Thank you! Best wishes, Jessica
Date created:
Thu Sep 23 15:47:14 2004

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goeij112@planet.nl
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I really love this site and I am so sorry that we "the Dutch" have only got one Paddle steamer left.Your site gives a perfect view of what sailed in Britain :Maarten
Date created:
Fri Sep 3 11:21:06 2004

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A fantastic site even if you are not particularly interested in paddle steamers, I am sure that after looking once, you will come again. Maureen
Date created:
Tue Aug 31 16:28:44 2004

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andy@annandy.fsnet.co.uk
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I was looking for picturess of steamers of "Campbells of Kilmun" for a local heritage project. We want to build a children's play area in the shape of a Campbell's steamer to be sited in the village of Kilmun, Argyll. I got some images - P.S.Benmore and Vivid. Would welcome any other images. Many thanks for use of site. Images sent by email. Ed.
Date created:
Sat Aug 21 01:39:28 2004

E-Mail:
lenknight@blueyonder.co.uk
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Medway Queen Preservation Society. The Heritage Lottery Fund has REJECTED our bid for funding. Please view our site at www.medwayqueen.co.uk for up to date information. Len Knight,MQwebmaster.
Date created:
Fri Jul 23 15:03:12 2004

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hubcove@aol.com
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I spent much of the summer of 1948 with my father who was chief officer of the Queen of Kent running from Chatham to Margate Ramsgate and Southend. We lived at the missions to seamen in Rochester and had a wonderful summer. Cdr Peter Stow Nova Scotia
Date created:
Mon Jul 12 12:43:22 2004

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Arnold335@aol.com
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I found your website by accident and enjoyed it very much. It is so nice to know there are people around that want to keep some things from history alive for other generations to enjoy. Cheers from the Colonies.
Date created:
Sun Jul 11 16:00:05 2004

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patrickhayward214@hotmail.com
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Reminds me of the 1930s when I used to be taken from Walton to Clacton,as a treat. Pat
Date created:
Sat Jul 10 19:55:32 2004

E-Mail:
peter@deed.fsworld.co.uk
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I sailed on Royal Daffodil many times as a youngster with my dad and younger brother. We loved that ship and were so sad when we learned she was being broken up. I was born at Stanford-le-Hope in 1938 so I was the right age to enjoy the trip to France as young boy. I have enjoyed your website very much. My younger brother who now lives in California sent me your website address..Regards.Peter Deed
Date created:
Thu Jul 8 09:41:08 2004

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debra.hall@ntlworld.com
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PS Gracie Fields- Was searching for a picture of this boat as my granda came home from Dunkirk on her.Had heard all the stories and just wanted to see the boat for myself.My granda's name was Peter Higgins.
Date created:
Mon Jul 5 14:14:16 2004

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Rosemary@Charlesfamily.net
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Delighted to look through your site and to confirm some of what I thought were memories but wasn't sure! I can remember some of these ships being over-wintered near Rochester station in the early 1960s. I also travelled regularly on the Medway Queen in the 1950s/60s as a child. It is a great resource to have this information in one place. Thank you
Date created:
Mon Jun 28 23:54:39 2004

E-Mail:
vindi52@yahoo.co.au
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Great site!! I was born and lived at Southend and remember watching the paddle steamers at the end of the pier. I did a couple of years in the MN (hence the email address)and am now retired and living in Caberra Aust. However, I am now a deckhand on the PS Enterprise, a Murray River paddle steamer 125 years old and owned by the National Museum of Aust. The Murray has a great history of paddle steamers.
Date created:
Sat Jun 26 12:45:29 2004

E-Mail:
alan.wallace@seagate.com
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Hi, Loved the site and the information on Caledonia (I), which was captained at one time by John McPherson my GG grandfather (who patented single man launched lifeboats; I still have the original grant of patents and seal!, just discovered when dealing with my late mothers estate.) Do you know if there is more info out there on this ship - I have some old photos of it, but not any technical detail...cheers
Date created:
Thu Jun 24 13:48:33 2004

E-Mail:
james_tony @optusnet.com.au
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Hi I have just been looking through all the photo's of paddle steamers.most enjoyable I am in Australia and was born in Portsmouth Hants;1933 so I saw and travelled on PSRyde quite alot and others . Thanks for the memorys. Tony
Date created:
Mon Jun 14 05:04:29 2004

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jonathanpcrawford@hotmail.com
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My Grandfather Served on the Laguna Belle, His Name was Jack Crawford.. I would like to hear from anyone who knew him or served on the Laguna.. Thanks
Date created:
Tue Jun 8 12:50:37 2004

E-Mail:
STEVE@PEAR48.FSNET.CO.UK
Comments:
VERY INTERESTING SITE,I PAID A VISIT LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON PS PARIS SOME PHOTOGRAPHS WOULD BE NICE IF ANYONE HAS ANY Images sent by email. Ed.
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Mon Jun 7 21:16:45 2004

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tonybcamreef@aol.com
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Excellent site. I was an AB on the BRISTOL QUEEN in 1963 & as a child lived close to Birnbeck Pier ( The Old Pier ) at Weston so was well in touch with the Campbells' paddlers. My favourite has always been the GLEN USK - possibly as she served the Cardiff - Weston ferry regularly during my childhood. Many thanks, Tony Breach.
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Thu May 27 19:56:53 2004

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peter@countrybus.com
Comments:
Great site - thanks! Very much enjoyed the Guidebooks and Posters section - especially as I too collect paddle steamer sailing lists and guides, particularly Cosens / Red Funnel / Campbells / Thames / Bristol Channel etc. Can offer to put a link to your site on my site if you wish.
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Fri May 14 18:07:00 2004

E-Mail:
ceh.jackson@virgin.net
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What a fine portrait of PS Gordon. Can anyone tell me what colour scheme was used on the vessel in service? I want to paint its picture and the only sources I have found are black & white photos.
Date created:
Wed May 5 20:50:47 2004

E-Mail:
cambrian-kiwi@smartchat.net.au
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I particularly enjoyed the photos of the Bristol and Cardiff Queens. My late father had been on most if not all of the Campbells fleet on frequent trips from Swansea to Ilfracombe. As a child we used to go from Cardiff or Penarth across the channel on day trips. We frequently saw these two paddlers on day drips to Penarth and Swansea. A large print of one of these ships would make a lovely addition to any room.
Date created:
Tue May 4 07:03:31 2004

E-Mail:
belt20@comcast.net
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Hi, Is there any way to track a passenger on the Queen Victoria, in March 1913? Thanks, Barbara
Date created:
Thu Apr 29 06:19:37 2004

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bensjazzuk@btopenworld.com
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Would someone please put me in touch with Darren Vidler as I would like to discuss the Rock across the Channel events aboard the Royal Daffodil with him. Many thanks Ben
Date created:
Thu Apr 29 01:42:41 2004

E-Mail:
ruskin@infogen.co.nz
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Wonderful site which I shall enjoy. I recently came across a copy of A.R. Woods "I guarded the waterfront" which got me interested in PS. Also my father (B. 1918 London),who lives here in NZ should have some memories triggered. Thanks.
Date created:
Tue Apr 27 09:38:30 2004

E-Mail:
makejoda78Ma@netscape.net
Comments:
I was thrilled to stumble on this web site. My happiest childhood memories are sailing the Clyde steamers to Dunoon and Rothsay. I was overcome with nostalgia
Date created:
Mon Apr 26 23:11:02 2004

E-Mail:
mugu@mugu.com
Comments:
nice and awesome site keep off brothers i love this site just stopped to sign your guestbook its educative and informating
Date created:
Mon Apr 26 20:06:56 2004

E-Mail:
Wallistom@btinternet.com
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Between 1934 and 1938 my family visited Holland-on-Sea for two weeks.Within that time we had trips on Queen of the Channel 1937 to Calais aged 11, about 5 trips on The Crested Eagle. My Mother tells me we have a photo on board somewhere. I have printed off copies. Thank you creating such an interesting site. Regards Tom Wallis. (Tom's pictures have been uploaded to Crested Eagle pages. Click here to see them. Ed)
Date created:
Sun Mar 28 23:32:19 2004

E-Mail:
lawrand@hotmail.com
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I served onboard HMS Aristocrat 1943-1945.I am at present trying to write a brief history of our advetures. Do you know of any persons living who also served on her.There were many Scots onboard who had previously been the engine room crew on PS Talisman.Any further information you could give would be very much appreciated L J Rand
Date created:
Sun Mar 21 14:29:05 2004

E-Mail:
val301@sbcglobal.net
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Great web page. My great uncle Captain Philip Basil Cowley was in command of the Viking 1939, then Manxman 1 and then Lady of Mann 1. 2 of his other brothers also captains and I am looking for info on all of them. Philip was Fleet Commodore 1955 to 1957
Date created:
Wed Mar 17 01:21:13 2004

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task@iafrica.com
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I am looking for information about the Castalia as my great-great grandfather built it. Good to find some information but would appreciate more. Thanks for interesting site. Jacqui Dicey
Date created:
Thu Mar 11 19:05:24 2004

E-Mail:
bensjazzuk@btopenworld.com
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In addition to my earlier search for copies of any photographs aboard the Medway Queen during the 1953 Spithead Review and particularly crew members of the 1953 season, I am also seeking any photos, taken aboard the Queen of the Channel, "Rock across the Channel" cruise, somewhere around 1957. I would be very grateful for any help on this and will willingly pay for any costs involved. Thankyou, Ben
Date created:
Thu Mar 11 01:12:26 2004

E-Mail:
bensjazzuk@btopenworld.com
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Wonderful nostalgic site-thankyou. Sad to see nary a word of the magnificent Medway Queen in the recent Dunkirk "documentary". Would love copies of any photos, particularly of crew members, taken aboard during the 1953 Spithead review,or of the '53 season. Can anyone help? Keep up the splendid work.
Date created:
Thu Mar 4 01:45:04 2004

E-Mail:
lawrand@hotmail.com
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Hi, I would welcome futher infomation re- HMS Aristocrat War record. L J Rand
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Wed Mar 3 10:59:37 2004

E-Mail:
insanity2@bigpond.com
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I originally joined the T.SS." LADY ENCHANTRESS" as quartermaster on 21st August 1950 and signed articles at Torquay, South Devon.  The ship was orignally a Royal Naval Sloop, built in 1934, was narrow gutted and subject to pitching heavily even in a moderate seaway much to the discomforture of passengers.We left Torquay on  day trips to Guernsey ( Channel Islands ) and for a relatively small fare.    Most of the passengers seemed to be from places other than Devon and were not very good sailors.We were about two thirds of the way across the Channel to Guernsey when one of the boiler refractories collapsed necessitating the immediate shut down of one of the main engines. Perhaps unwisely it was decided to proceed on to Guernsey.       The shore based authorities decided that we could easily return to home port on one engine and we left Guernsey late afternoon.Mid Channel the second boiler failed and as a consequence we were absolutely without power, with a full complement of passengers, most of them were seasick and the ship was not equipped with suitable cabin accomodation or sufficient food or medical supplies.We drifted for many hours whilst radio messages issued back and forth between the ship and its owners until late in the night and drifting not too many miles from the " Casquets" a distress call was issued  resulting in the ocean going tug " TURMOIL" taking us in tow.Finally next morning we arrived in Torbay, discharged our woebegone, hungry and seasick passengers aboard the " KILORAN" and one or two other local passenger vessels when we immediately then were towed up to Southampton and were paid off. A rather sad ending to what could have been a most enterprising and successful tourist venture.  Peter Watts. P.S. One of my best mates on board was Bob Kimble of Brixham...I wonder where he is now ?   
Date created:
Tue Mar 2 19:52:54 2004

E-Mail:
gilgamesh@uruk.fsnet.co.uk
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Gracie Fields - there is a persistent rumour that she sent out a signal "PS Gracie Fields is making water in Dunkirk harbour and requires assistance" - anyone know if it was true? Great site!
Date created:
Tue Mar 2 14:46:50 2004

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g.h.thomas@btinternet.com
Comments:
I chat to my very good friend in Australia by messenger and he told me that he was on the "Lady Enchantress" when they had boiler problems on the Channel Island run. I have sent him your site to tweek his memory, he is Peter Watts and his email address is insanity2@bigpond.com Good site I will return
Date created:
Mon Mar 1 12:16:48 2004

E-Mail:
lawrand@hotmail.com
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Glad to hear about HMS Aristocrat. I was part of the ships company 1943-45. It was truly a Scottish Ship; most of the engine room crew were Scottish, and we often left harbour with the 4th Engineer playing the pipes. Regards EX A/B L J Rand
Date created:
Thu Feb 26 12:28:05 2004

E-Mail:
EFarnham@aol.com
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I enjoyed visiting the site very much. I particularly enjoyed reading all the comments.
Date created:
Sat Feb 21 22:01:32 2004

E-Mail:
hot_1_hilly@hotmail.com
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I used to have my holidays in Fairlie and I have many great memories of seeing all the different types of steamers that were sailing in the 60'S. My uncle worked for Cal/Mac in Millport.
Date created:
Thu Feb 19 23:16:47 2004

E-Mail:
sbrown@rac.co.uk
Comments:
Wonderful picture of La Marguerite paddle box, helps convey her size. Collating info on my great grandfather, Captain Owen so this was a wonderful surprise!
Date created:
Thu Feb 19 07:47:15 2004

E-Mail:
jimatwoods@btinternet.com
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My grandfather was master of the Lady of Mann right through the war. I would be interested to research the ship's movements in that period. Interesting website. Jim Woods (information sent by email. Ed.)
Date created:
Sat Feb 14 22:05:03 2004

E-Mail:
vmaddocks@aol.com
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Excellent site,Excellent pics,was enthralled with the nostalgia.Cheers and Good luck.Terry & Val Maddocks (Birmingham)
Date created:
Fri Feb 13 15:01:49 2004

E-Mail:
dgeo4x4@aol.com
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Thankyou so much for the artical and pictures of the Lady of Mann. My father was one of the English servicemen brought back to the UK from Cherbourg by the Lady of Mann and her brave crew. He had got off the Dunkirk beach in a Belgian ship that was diverted to Cherbourg from Southampton without docking. He was delighted to see the pictures. Regards George Wallace.
Date created:
Wed Feb 11 22:46:22 2004

E-Mail:
bernard.cox@wanadoo.fr
Comments:
Congratulations on your choice of photographs, or at least the ones that I have viewed Are you still seeking further photographs? if so I may be able to help Bernard.
Date created:
Mon Feb 2 19:21:09 2004

E-Mail:
lenknight@blueyonder.co.uk
Comments:
As the Webmaster for the ‘Medway Queen Preservation Society’ may I express condolences to you and your family, on behalf of the society and members on the loss of your father, his presence being the inspiration for your site. This site must now be indeed a lasting memorial to him. Kind Regards, Len Knight MQPS.
Date created:
Sun Feb 1 11:20:43 2004

E-Mail:
g.symons@ntlworld.com
Comments:
I have been very pleased an surprised to find a picture of the Woolwich Free Ferry, I am trying to find drawings for modelling purposes. Any ideas? Splendid site, Geoff Symons.
Date created:
Tue Jan 20 14:19:33 2004

E-Mail:
victoriawood@supanet.com
Comments:
We are so sorry Tom to hear of the death of your father, Gordon Lee. Your inspiration for P.G. Our love to your Mum & all your family. Vikki & Peter
Date created:
Sun Jan 18 16:11:36 2004

E-Mail:
alasdairmyoung@hotmail.com
Comments:
A breathtaking site
Date created:
Sun Jan 11 15:43:33 2004

E-Mail:
vanehill@eurobell.co.uk
Comments:
I was most interested to hear of the Princess Elizabeth. When I was an eleven year old schoolboy she arrived in my home town of Torquay and operated as a day trip pleasure boat for only two years I think. She was not popular with those living near the harbour as she belched out black smoke whilst getting up a head of steam for a trip up the Rver Dart or maybe Salcombe, Plymouth or Lyme Regis. I seem to remember the powers that be managed to get her to remove herself from the town by making it difficult for her to get fuel by refusing entry to road tankers trying to get to her berth at Haldon Pier. I don't suppose that could possibly be allowed to happen these days. I went on many day trips on Princess Elizabeth during her short stay at Torquay. I was fascinated by the engines and still would be if they were available to see! I have to make do with a quick fix on the Waverley on my summer trips to the Clyde or sometimes on her visits to southern England. I think I might be disappointed if I visited the PE in France. Perhaps it's better that I stick with my memories and your pictures, and most interesting those pictures are too.
Date created:
Fri Jan 9 00:06:36 2004

E-Mail:
scotdiver@hotmail.com
Comments:
The Imperial Eagle is now lying as a wreck off Malta - I believe she was sunk as a diving tourist attraction. Dived her last October.
Date created:
Tue Jan 6 19:36:18 2004

E-Mail:
milesy@wanadoo.es
Comments:
Does anybody have contact details for Ian Watts who runs(ran?)some of the pleasure boats at Plymouth?
Date created:
Fri Jan 2 08:08:18 2004

E-Mail:
catherine.tannock@sympatico.ca
Comments:
Thank-you Tom for rekindling memories of the past...As a boy from the Vale of Leven my Grandfather used to take me for a Saturday sail during the early '50s...I now have your picture of the Jeannie Deans as my wallpaper.
Date created:
Wed Dec 31 16:18:55 2003

E-Mail:
w.snowdon@ntlworld.com
Comments:
Still getting great pleasure from your site- I always find something new on it. Could I (through your site) thank Victoria Wood (nee Groom) for the wonderful book on her grandfathers life. I've read it twice as has my mate and his wife who read it as a romance! He donated a tenner to Medway Queen in lieu of buying his own copy. (He's a Scotsman!) Regards to all and a happy new year, Walter.
 
Details of Victoria's book can be found at Ted's Clacton Belle. More information can be had by contacting the author Victoria Groom on victoriawood@supanet.com. Ed.
 
Date created:
Mon Dec 29 22:42:29 2003

E-Mail:
long_roger@hotmail.com
Comments:
Me again, Roger Long. If anyone has any information or pictures of said Worthing Belle I would be very interested. Roger Long
Date created:
Mon Dec 22 22:05:51 2003

E-Mail:
long_roger@hotmail.com
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Please contact me regarding Worthing Belle. I believe from a photo I have that my great grandfather was working on her in 1910. Roger Long.
Date created:
Mon Dec 22 21:52:50 2003

E-Mail:
grahamsmith6@aol.com
Comments:
Thanks for a terrific site. Any more of Cosen's South Coast Monarch and Embassy appreciated.
Date created:
Fri Dec 19 21:47:01 2003

E-Mail:
MarkYoungIW@Yahoo.com
Comments:
Due to the amount of interest and the current situation with Ryde, now would seem as good a time as any to hold a meeting to discuss and strengthen our position to see a future for PS Ryde. No dates are set as of yet, although it would now seem likely to be in the New Year. Please show your intention to attend by replying to the post at:- http://www.psryde.co.uk/wwwboard/messages/400.html If there are difficulties with dates, or location please let me know in the post.
Date created:
Wed Dec 17 13:58:13 2003

E-Mail:
billmacinnes@hotmail.com
Comments:
terrific site most interesting to me as my late father Captain John MacInnes skipper of many of at that time macBraynes ships sailing out of Oban...would have been nice to have come across pictures of the MV Lochinvar if at all possible if memory serves correctly after being taken out of service with MacBraynes she was sold and plyed the Thames river where i believe she sunk...any info would be much appreciated...yours truly Bill MacInnes
Date created:
Wed Dec 17 04:40:46 2003

E-Mail:
vinotowers@aol.com
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I was born in Leigh on Sea in 1939 and we moved to S. London during the war. Several times we used to do the day trip from Tower Pier to Southend and I particularly remember the Royal Eagle - Tony Wood
Date created:
Sat Dec 13 12:44:53 2003

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philthewoody@aol.com
Comments:
excelent site. lived in southend all my life.remeber as ten year old (1956) on a trip to hearn bay on medway queen spent most of the trip with my father looking at the engines what a sight i was spellbound although we did cop it from mum and sister left on deck.
Date created:
Thu Dec 11 12:52:41 2003

E-Mail:
obriens@handbag.com
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My great Grandfather was Captain in 1895 of the PS Alexandra any info on him or the ship would be greatfully received
Date created:
Sun Nov 30 17:39:54 2003

E-Mail:
james @ holmson.hotmail
Comments:
from rob holmson via my sons e mail address. i am over the moon on finding your site, my home town is southend and i have been on many of the ships mentioned and as a 14 year old school boy i worked on the mv anzio 1 (ex lochinvar) southend to sheerness as a tea boy. i now live in brixham devon and have some pictures of thames ships including home movies which feature all the gsn ships as well as the anzio and the illfated queen of the south (ex jeannie deans) i also have a rather battered poster of her Rob, I have some items which would be of interest to you but cannot get through to your email address. Can you please contact me @ tom.lee@virgin.net.
Date created:
Sat Nov 29 21:07:43 2003

E-Mail:
alan@gurnett.fsworld.co.uk
Comments:
Great site. Does anyone know which vessel evacuated children from Grays to Suffolk in September 1939? My aunt was a young teacher accompanying the children from Arthur Street school. She will shortly have her 90th birthday and I'm trying to find out more as she can no longer remember all the facts.
Date created:
Mon Nov 17 22:01:59 2003

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Comments:
I was delighted to find a picture of the Duke of Clarence. My great grandfather William Prentice was captain on the ship sailing Hull to Zeebrugge.
Date created:
Sun Nov 16 21:06:38 2003

E-Mail:
fordjohn@aol.com
Comments:
During my childhood my parents took me on the Royal Daffodil every July 28, my birthday.Great memories.I later moved to the USA and on one trip home to Gravesend I saw the sad news about the ship going to the breakers. I noticed that they were going to sail that night on a final cruise down the river to Southend and back.We all had a great nostalgic evening back in the 60s and I remember every day when I look at a painting of the ship on my office wall.If you would like a digital copy let me know John Ford
Date created:
Fri Nov 7 01:00:12 2003

E-Mail:
thomasina25@btopenworld.com
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have you any information at all about Mable Grace a cross channelpassenger paddle steamer from 1899- 1909. we have a modle of her to refurbish help much appreciated John Information sent by email. Ed.
Date created:
Sat Nov 1 18:51:09 2003

E-Mail:
invu64@hotmail.com
Comments:
I am doing a projet for school on paddle steamers and i found your web page great.
Date created:
Wed Oct 29 09:53:57 2003

E-Mail:
hugh.cleary@ntlworld.com
Comments:
Thank you very much for adding the picture it looks lovely and clear. I love your site . I like sea fishing, love boats and spend a lot of time looking round your site. Thanks again . Hugh Cleary.
Date created:
Sun Oct 26 12:27:02 2003

E-Mail:
barried@pepsi25.freeserve.co.uk
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Thank you for the memory of the St Tudno which I used to go on most weekends with my Gran, it brought back lots of memories.
Date created:
Mon Oct 13 22:20:31 2003

E-Mail:
tenciggies@aol.com
Comments:
i found this a very informative site, i was trying to locate my g grandfather who worked on board paddle steamers as a steward. I found a picture of a man that could be him, without this site i would not have had this breakthrough.
Date created:
Fri Oct 10 22:31:47 2003

E-Mail:
joluxton@aol.com
Comments:
Great website - very interested in the "Monarch" as my greatgrandfather James Veal worked on her as an "able seaman" in fact he worked in the engine room. He died on board whilst the steamer was tied up at Swanage pier on 29.9.1907. He was only 37 - the story goes that he was trying to open a tin of corn beef but couldnt find the key - he sent a young lad off to find one and when they came back he was dead. Coroners report said he died of an apoplectic fit! Its been very interesting to see what the boat
Date created:
Tue Oct 7 23:22:42 2003

E-Mail:
willyvanleeuwen@yahoo.com.au
Comments:
hello. such wonderful pictures. i am a model builder with an interest in building a live steam model. could you help me find any drawings on a paddle steamer named 'ozone' which saw service in melbourne australia. she is wreaked at indented heads near melbourne australia and her paddle wheels are still visible. any help would be appreciated. thanks. willy.
Date created:
Wed Oct 1 10:09:36 2003

E-Mail:
ian@zambula.demon.co.uk
Comments:
Thank you for the pictures and memories. I lived in Margate at the Moorings Hotel, Fort Crescent overlooking Margate pier 1957-60. I would watch the Sovereign and Daffodil arrive and depart, and many times sailed on both (I was about 6 years old). The memories of the yellow funnels, the wooden decks, the white hulls evoke many sunshine and sea air days. Is it possible to see the Daffodil again, I understand she is still in service. Thanks again. Ian Kirkpatrick
Date created:
Tue Sep 23 21:33:46 2003

E-Mail:
brading@postmaster.co.uk
Comments:
What a great site. Plenty of supberb photographs, and informative text. I will return
Date created:
Wed Aug 27 17:13:08 2003

E-Mail:
wells.dovecot@btinternet.com
Comments:
Your picture gallery is very interesting but I feel Isle of Jersey should not be in it.I sailed in the IofJ both in her mail steamer role and as a Hospital Ship and she in no way resembled a paddle steamer.
Date created:
Mon Aug 25 22:17:56 2003

E-Mail:
altair@vgernet.net
Comments:
Splendid collection of nostalgia! I sailed many times complete with wife and motor bike between Liverpool and Douglas to attend the TT races between 1950 and 1959.
Date created:
Sat Aug 9 00:53:11 2003

E-Mail:
tiggywig@tiscali.co.uk
Comments:
hi,congtrats on good web site. was looking for photo or info on paddle steamer called EMPIRE HARRY? South coast/devon also have dived the totnes castle lost under tow off plymouth and have a good sketch of her if you want but need to attatch as jpg,kind reguards ,fred tones
Date created:
Wed Aug 6 10:35:58 2003

E-Mail:
fgsshellb.forest-gate-comm.newham@lgfl.net
Comments:
A very interesting site, especially considering my family ties. My grandfather, David Thomas Shell, was an engineer on the Laguna Belle.
Date created:
Mon Jul 21 15:21:39 2003

E-Mail:
pgholland@pgholland.fsnet.co.uk
Comments:
Any info re MV New Royal Sovereign? Operated from Southend c1929-1936, then moved to Bridlington. Bombed during WW2. Similar to MVs New Prince of Wales & Southend Britannia. But where built? By whom? Any pictures during her time at Southend?
Date created:
Thu Jul 17 23:03:57 2003

E-Mail:
ericjb90@hotmail.com
Comments:
Hi Tom.A very interesting web site indeed. I am interested in the PS Westward Ho.I belive that she was the oldest serving ship in WW2. My father was serving on board her at this time and made 4 trips to Dunkirk on her.They rescued many soldiers, mainly French and she was the seconed last ship to leave Dunkirk Harbour during the daytime evacuations,the last one being a destroyer which was tied up at the jetty in front of them.During this particular trip they were attacked by German dive bombers.
Date created:
Mon Jul 14 21:30:57 2003

E-Mail:
margaret.liddell@eds,com
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What a thrill to find your site. I could not belive it when my brother emailed me and told me to check it out and there was a picture of my mon and my sister (McLure). I don't have particular memories of these paddle steamers, however, I do recall my dad taking us often to watch (boats, ships) etc. going up and down the Clyde. I also remember hearing fog horns late at night when lying in bed. What wonderful memories this has brought back. Thank you....
Date created:
Sat Jun 28 04:17:19 2003

E-Mail:
eileenperrin@hotmail.com
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Your story of a trip in 1934 helped me with my autobiographical writing, now I am 80. I recall several day trips from Tower Pier down to Clacton in the 1920's. During the war I worked in the Dock and Traffic dept.of the Port of London Authority's H.O. opposite the Tower. I much regret the passing of the steamers, Southend Pier, the London docks and the P.L.A. H.O. although Father Neptune still looks down the river from the top. Every summer for several years before the war we took the train from Waterloo to Southsea and crossed to Ryde pier. A 7/6d weekly 'Round the Island' rail ticket enabled us to visit all the beauty spots in the Isle of Wight.
Date created:
Wed Jun 25 22:47:26 2003

E-Mail:
pygmypos@webone.com.au
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Wondering if you can recognise 'HMPS VARZAN' I thought she may be a requisitioned naval vessel; Only other detail i know is World War I ex German ship? Many thanks, Frank & Jenny
Date created:
Tue Jun 24 06:41:23 2003

E-Mail:
randall6662000@yahoo.com.au
Comments:
Hello, My name is Guy Jennings, born Cardiff 1947. One of my most memorable journeys was across the Bristol Channel From Cardiff to Minehead on a paddlesteamer. I don't know which one I suppose I was too young to take notice, besides we all thought that things powered by steam would last forever. I know that the Campbell steamers were operating at this time as we used to sail an old lifeboat in Tiger Bay and the wash of the steamers used to really shake us around. I now live in Western Australia.
Date created:
Sun Jun 22 14:44:08 2003

E-Mail:
Philtrigg@supanet.com
Comments:
To - Tom Lee Interesting to look at the historic pics. on your site. One day (work permitting), hope to return to my interest in ship modelling, incl. paddlers. Meanwhile - how much heritage we have lost or thrown away. Sad. Still, I have had chances to travel on Waverley, Kingswear Castle & (in late 1950s) Medway Queen. Found your site thru. a link from the MQPS site. P T
Date created:
Sun Jun 15 10:36:12 2003

E-Mail:
s.durant@btinternet.com
Comments:
An extraordinarily beautiful site - I will come back when I need solace - and i will tell my friends Stuart Durant
Date created:
Sat Jun 14 16:31:06 2003

E-Mail:
agaunt@tiscali.co.uk
Comments:
DearTom I served on HMS SKIDDAW from 1942 to1945 joined her at wallsend on tyne&handed her back to campbells in Bristol harbour May 1945 If you wish I can tell you of the actions we took part in BEST WISHES YOUR WEBSITE IS SUPER EX Leading Seaman T A GAUNT RN
Date created:
Sun Jun 8 18:04:48 2003

E-Mail:
david.bissell1"tesco.net
Comments:
I served on the Glen Usk the Bristol Queen and the Cardiff Queen when my uncle Leo Virgo was captain I have found your site very interesting
Date created:
Sun Jun 8 16:59:50 2003

E-Mail:
MarkYoungIW@Yahoo.com
Comments:
Hi Tom, Hope you're well. Just thought I would post a quick reminder about a link to www.psryde.co.uk I have recently updated the site, and we are currently trying to gauge the amount of interest for an attempt to save her. Regard Mark.
Date created:
Thu May 29 17:44:39 2003

E-Mail:
ellyj@hotmail.com
Comments:
Hi! This site rocks! I've learnt so much! I love you all! Love always, Elly and Kat
Date created:
Wed May 28 02:33:12 2003

E-Mail:
pumpman50@hotmail.com
Comments:
I have found a number of interesting 35 mm slides of the Jennie Deans (I think at Dunoon pier)and a few other paddlers I took as a boy on the Clyde and would like to publish these on your Web site. Firstly, how can I scan these slides without paying a fortune for equipment and secondly, how do I get them on your site for all to see? Andy Wagstaff-Stockport Cheshire
Date created:
Sat May 24 20:51:35 2003

E-Mail
hsj@earthlink.net
Comments:
Oh what fun we had today. With my little son on my knee we viewed your site and I relived my trips from Southend on the Royal Daffodil. I would love to see some pictures of the interior of the ship. John/Henry/Sally Deed.LA, USA. Interior shots being sent by email, Ed.
Date created:
Sat May 10 19:03:21 2003

E-Mail:
hmbaker@btinternet.com
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Thank you, for a glance at these pictures , which I last saw when I organised a reunion of evacuees at the Fort Gardens Gravesend. have had the hope that film was taken of our evacuation, but have not been able to trace any. I was one of the 3,695 who left Gravesend on 5 pleasure boats on the day war broke out. I travelled with Cecil Road School, stayed two days in the stables at Yarmouth Racecourse before being billeted with another boy at Brick Kiln Farm, Aldborough, Norfolk, I was 5 years old. Thank you.
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Mon May 5 21:17:34 2003

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markandclaire.barnes@tesco.net
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My grandfather Lieutenant(E) Gordon Maurice Barnes,RNR,was one of many crewmen killed aboard HMS Southsea on 16.02.1941. He was 48. He is buried in North Shields at Preston Cemetery. I managed to visit his grave a few years back - it was a deeply moving experience. Gordon had been an engineer with the Blue Star Line, serving on their famous liner the Arandora Star (sunk by a U-Boat while carrying German internees to Canada) in the 1930s and had been at Gallipoli in the Great War. The Southsea was at Dunkirk, my aunt tells me her father left the ship tied up on Southend Pier at the end of the evacuation (or rather his involvement in it) and phoned her to meet him at the Great Eastern Hotel at Liverpool Street station in London for lunch. She managed to get there and they had a nice meeting then he was off again. I think they only had one other meeting before the Southsea was lost.  Little stories like this need to be shared!! By coincidence I now live in Southend.   I am told the loss of life on the Southsea was so centralised because she hit the mine - apparently a British one - at 1.00pm. My grand father was said to have been in the wardroom having a drink and it was him and others having a break who died. My father used to tell me the explosion was so powerful it stopped the town hall clock in Tynemouth. I am not too sure how much of this is legend rather than fact.   Your site is great fun. I am a professional writer and photographer on military vehicles and I always love anything to do with transport. I love ships of all shapes and sizes and it is true to say that paddle steamers have something special about them.
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Fri May 2 14:00:44 2003

E-Mail:
anthughes@hotmail.com
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Hi tom, Think your web site is very good, a real insite into the history behind paddle steamers. Cool. See you at work, ant
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Wed Apr 30 12:43:32 2003

E-Mail:
phunt_bus@hotmail.com
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Just found your fantastic site today. I lived in Bournemouth from 1949 to 1957 (Ringwood and Poole B4 that). We used to go across to the Isle of Wight (Yarmouth) and to Poole and Swanage on the Monarch , the Empress of India and the Emperor of India. I never went on the Lorna Doone but saw her at Lulworth Cove once, and I think at Bournemouth Pier. I have tears rolling down my cheeks as I remember those wonderful trips in the 50's, sad to see all those beautiful craft mostly broken up or sunk. However your site has helped me remember them, thank you.
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Tue Apr 29 00:46:01 2003

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hrjativydale@aol.com
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I travelled on the Royal Sovereign and the Crested Eagle in the 1920s.It was a fantastic day out and the vessels were always crowded with happy passengers. Henry R. Jackson
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Sun Apr 27 21:09:35 2003

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lorain.haynes@ntlworld.com
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I was delighted when I found the photos of the Bristol and Cardiff Queen.I had been searching everywhere for these pictures in local museums and gallerys but found nothing of those beautiful sisters until I visited your site. I was born in Swansea so I remember those steamers from a child, when I used too visit the Mumbles pier. Seeing the Bristol and the Cardiff Queen was the highlight of my day! To me at the time, they were known as the Combe boats but even as a child I always wanted to board them as my mother with my grand parents had sailed on the Bristol and Cardiff Queen from Mumbles to Ilfracombe. I clearly remember those fine steamers especially the Cardiff Queen pulling up alongside the Pier. I always used to jump when that loud ship's whistle would blow just as she was about to cast off, and promised myself that I would one day step aboard. Sadly to say I never had the chance as the last time that I saw the Cardiff Queen was in the summer of 1966. I did not realise at the time that this would be the last time that I would ever see that beautiful ship.
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Mon Apr 21 15:51:09 2003

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grahamhayes1@hotmail.com
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H!, great site!, do you have any info about Townsend Car Ferries? as one of my relatives started this comany. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks
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Mon Apr 21 09:59:10 2003

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greeve@bigpond.net.au
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Hi Tom, greetings from OZ. I left Grays Thurrock as a lad in 1951. I used to swim in the Thames at the "Creek" by Goldsmiths Yard. The wash from the paddle steamers, Royal Sovereign, Royal Eagle, Golden Plover etc. was the closest we came to surf in that dirty old river. Other boats I recall were the Thames barges, The Scot and the Briton, the cargo ship Runic, the pleasure boat Kenya Jacaranda. I used to play in Wards shipyard (when the watchman wasn't around) and recall going onto a submarine.
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Sat Apr 19 15:01:16 2003

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www.geoffreyfulton@bigpond.com
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At last I have found something on the P.S. Philomel, which my grandfather John H. Fulton sailed on as engineer. I am trying to obtain copies of ship's drawings and photographs. If you can point me in a direction I would greatly appreciate it. Congratulations on your site. Geoffrey Fulton Architect 7 ozan Crescent, jan Juc , Vic 3228 Australia. Tel 03 52 619 422 fax 423.
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Wed Apr 9 15:45:05 2003

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bernietaylor31@msn.com
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Thank you for a wonderful website. My father work for British Rail on the IOW padddlesteamers between the late 1960s to the 1970s. sadly he passed away last week but he always spoke fondly of his days on the paddlesteamers.
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Wed Apr 2 18:24:47 2003

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panfield2020@yahoo.co.uk
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Dear Sir. Thank you very much for Royal Sovereign photos, I have trying to find something on her for years. I remember in the early,to mid fifties going to Southend from North Woolwich pier and on the return journey, at about Gravesend, she used to turn completely round ,and make the rest of the trip stern first because she could not turn round at Tower Bridge, then she was facing the correct way for the next trip. Yours Sincerely, Mr Derek Ash.
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Fri Mar 14 19:47:16 2003

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p_rolf_austin@yahoo.co.uk
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A significant contribution on the chronicling of the paddle steamer.
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Wed Mar 5 00:46:19 2003

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john@jsteer.fsworld.co.uk
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The Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust wants to trace decsendants of Capt William Grant Branthwaite born Whitehaven 1877 & William John Branthwaite born London 1900. Both served the GSNC, William Grant as Captain of the Royal Eagle in the 1930's. Any info as to their approx dates of death and where they might have been living would be helpful. Info to john@jsteer.fsworld.co.uk
Date created:
Sat Mar 1 19:45:03 2003

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geoffbone2001@yahoo.co.uk
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I am researching the tug called Jumsey that pulled car lighters between Lymington and Yarmouth Isle of Wight between 1929 and 1938,the tug then was redeployed to general towage in southampton waters until at least 1976.If anyone can help in my research I would be very grateful,especially as to her present wherabouts or name of the breakers yard.
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Fri Feb 28 12:51:34 2003

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wes2001@optushome.com.au
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I remember the Bournemouth Queen while on holiday with Mother in the late 40's. It is a powerful memory and the love I feel for the times spent on and around the paddle steamers of that time will stay with me for as long as I will and can remember. Many thanks in placing your Web Page for us to see. If there is magic in the world then surely the Bounemouth Queen was of the highest quality in sentiment for the magic of childhood. Bill Stamford ( Melbourne, Australia)
Date created:
Sat Feb 22 09:04:17 2003

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gnorris@msn.com
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RE: TS Brighton When I lived in Newhaven, I saw TS Brighton many times; she never entered the harbour stern first. There is a story, (how true don't know), that stern first was tried unsuccessfully on one occasion after the Master had seen Dover ferries entering Newhaven stern first after storms had diverted them to Newhaven. More photos of Brighton if you have any.
Date created:
Sun Jan 26 22:41:59 2003

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w.snowdon@ntlworld.com
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Hi Tom, I am still enjoying your site after a year of many repeat visits! How about extending into paddle TUGS (a very neglected field). Selfish really, I want to build a model of the Paddle tug SEAHAM, and can find very few photos ( 2 only) to help me. Any suggestions? Thanks for running such an excellent site- it comes highly recommended amongst us paddle fiends. Walter Snowdon. Picture of Seaham being sent by email. Ed.
Date created:
Thu Jan 23 20:24:33 2003

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taquite@aol.com
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As an old seadog of 22 years MN service, including some with GSNC Ltd I keep coming back for more, wonderfully informative.
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Wed Jan 22 19:38:17 2003

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arthurjohnharvey@sampan.karoo.co.uk
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Served as Mate on the various Portsmouth/Rdye paddlers also as Master on the Lincoln,Tattershal/Wingfield Castles.Pictures very good.
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Fri Jan 17 19:56:57 2003

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butterwith@onetel.com
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First class job. I am secretary of the model boat club based in Bideford and one of our members collects models of P.S.'s. The Cardiff Queen is currently under construction and he will be thrilled with your archives. I remember a few of these vessels as I was born in Appledore in 1943. I have recorded your site for future reference,and could well be back to you again. Well done. John Butterwith, Secretary Appledore Model Yacht & Boat Club Visit our website. www.appledoremodelboats.fsnet.co.uk
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Thu Jan 16 22:24:41 2003

E-Mail:
ted@tgwebdesign.co.uk
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Can someone tell me the meaning of Ben my Chree as the house i grew up in had this for its name....very interesting site have enjoyed it immensely... This comes from the Gaelic "bean mo cridhe" and means "wife of my heart". Ed.
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Sun Jan 5 10:34:27 2003

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glendening191@aol.com
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I came across your very interesting site just by searching for information on the PS GRACIE FIELDS, Our Gracie, wonderful person. In your book have you included the picture of the ship named after her?
Date created:
Tue Dec 31 19:19:57 2002

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Tom, very well managed site, but I think you will find the picture of Capt. Charman (as mate) with Capt. Cole at the wheel of what you state as being "Crested Eagle" is in fact aboard "Laguna Belle" prior to John Charman's appointment as Master. God knows what Capt.Cole had done or who he had upset to be taken from the "Greyhound of the River" and given command of a very old and at least third hand paddler! Alan Peake Thanks Alan. Caption will be updated. Ed. Update from Mike Charman "My mother took the picture and it was not taken on the Laguna Belle as Alan Peake thinks but on a cargo boat possibly the Grebe." Over to you, Alan.
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Tue Dec 31 09:31:21 2002

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gsmith@portup.com
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It was interesting to see some of the General Steam Navigation Company paddle steamers. I was hoping to see some pictures (drawings/prints) of early paddle steamers of GSNC. My great great great-grandfather, Thomas BROCKELBANK, built the first EAGLE (1820), and was co-founder of the company. Gail Smith
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Tue Dec 24 01:55:50 2002

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karynk@supanet.com
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My father says he enjopyed his visit very much and we managed to find everything he named as having worked on! It's great that someone has taken so much time and effort to preserve the memory of these great steamers, very well done!!
Date created:
Fri Dec 20 20:29:11 2002

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Mike@mpjackson.fsnet.co.uk
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I am looking for information regarding a Sydney Taylor, I believe that he was a member of the crew of MV Yorkshireman,Bridlington. Also information regarding his son, John William Taylor who was killed in action when HMS Boadicea was torpedoed on the 13th june 1944 with the loss of 172.
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Thu Dec 19 13:03:09 2002

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sinbad@csolve.net
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Hi... This is a great site.. I have been researching the "Lady Evelyn" as i have an original postcard with my grandmother and grandfather leaning on the railing of her On the bottom of the card it reads " Barrow to Fleetwood for Blackpool May 27/12. it is in mint condition and was given to me by my 85 year old mother. I would be interested in any other pic or information on this steamer if anyone has some. thank you in advance. Brad Forget
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Thu Dec 12 01:31:20 2002

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victoriawood@supanet.com
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Dear Ed., I am delighted to report that 50 has been sent to the Medway Queen Preservation Society from the first month's sales of 'Ted's Clacton Belle'. My thanks to all Paddle Steamer Picture Gallery folks who have made this possible - we hope to eventually to send 500. Victoria 'Groom'.
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Sun Dec 8 11:02:52 2002

E-Mail:
rd@cotswold-it.co.uk
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What an excellent site - thank you. Do you want any pictures of the 1950s Royal Iris and Royal Daffodil? Strange bulbous green things, as I remember. (Your Royal Iris needs to have a (I) suffix.) Or the ordinary Birkenhead ferries, such as Egremont and Woodside? I can't guarantee to give it any priority, but I'm happy to send you copies when I find the time to scan them. Robin Daniel. I'm always interested in visitors own pictures. Ed.
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Sat Dec 7 21:05:19 2002

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thaidave@clara.co.uk
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Very interesting site I sailed on the Royal Sovereign both with GSNC and then as the AUTOCARRIER with Townsend Car Ferries and I do believe she still holds the Dover Zeebrugge record of 3hrs 21mins. I am building a web site comprising vessels I have worked on but am desperately seeking the GSNC vessels Swift & Woodcock. I have even memories of the Medway Queen at Margate Pier giving the town a nice coating of smoke!! Dave Newton
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Thu Dec 5 05:08:57 2002

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eleanor.mackay@ntlworld.com
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hiho Eleanor, Maggie Mackay's sister here. Found this pic ,maybe you will find it interesting. I remember the Jeanie Deans as a very happy place to be .
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Wed Dec 4 19:05:02 2002

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cliveat vagg@aol.com
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I would be interested if anyone has information on the paddle staemer, "Prince" It belonged to a firm called Cousins and Co of Weymouth, in the winter it was engaged in fishing and the summer, tripping along the coast. My Great Grandfather, John Bishop was a crew member and was drowned out side Torquay harbour towards the end of the last century,when he fell from her sponson deck. Information being sent by email. Ed.
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Wed Nov 6 19:22:40 2002

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troubadourtumber@aol.com
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Shivers up the spine my friend. I spent considerable time with G.S.N.Co on the Summer Boats from when I first signed on as A/Stwd on the Royal Daffodil 27.5.58 I started the 1959 season on her again as A/Stwd until they learned I could type and manage accounts. Experience gained with Union-Castle Line.I was then hastily transfered to the Queen Of The Channel as Ship's Writer. They needed one in a hurry.Served in that capacity until 1962. Served on their cargo ships as Cook/Stwd during winter months. For more information on Gordon's time with GSN please click here.
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Wed Nov 6 17:32:52 2002

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les.sweeney@pb.com
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What a great site! I worked on the Jeanie Deans in the summers of '56 and '57 and got a real nostalgia rush on finding this site.
Date created:
Mon Oct 21 16:41:30 2002

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mop23947@.telepac.pt
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I need plans of old steam locomotives, but no pay. I have plans of portuguese locomotives and I may permute with a hobby friend. Your site is very good. Congratulations. Martin.
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Fri Oct 18 01:34:12 2002

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stu@stujean.evesham.net
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This is an addition to my note of the 11th October about Captain Smart and the St.Tudno. I bought a video produced by the Merseyside Tram Preservation Socy about Manx steamers. Included in it is a short piece showing the St.Tudno (North Wales Steamship Co.) and also Capt. Smart walking accross the bridge towards the camera. This must have been taken in 1905 or earlier.Other crew members are also shown.
Date created:
Wed Oct 16 13:56:00 2002

E-Mail:
tom@cyncam.freeserve.co.uk
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A very nostalgic site! I was born in Strone on the holy loch during ww2 and remember with affection the Marchioness of Lorne which was our local "bus" Somewhere in my photographic collection I have some ancient colour slides of a few of the paddle steamers on the Clyde - probably taken circa 1960/5 Lso a few B/W pictures taken between 1949 and 1960. If I can find them and scan them I would be happy to make them available for you web site
Date created:
Tue Oct 15 21:26:10 2002

E-Mail:
stu@stujean.evesham.net
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My Grandfather Captain William Smart died in January, 1906 when he was commander of the St.Tudno (North Wales Steamship Co)He was also captain of the St.Elvies for three years and I have a picture of the crew taken in 1897. This was featured in the book Steamers of the West Coast. I also have a round clock supposed to have come from the Bonnies Princess. It has a rough wooden surround nwhich was supposed to have been made by the ships carpenter. your site is very intersting for me and I have taken a copy
Date created:
Fri Oct 11 23:16:39 2002

E-Mail: noodus@manx.net

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Just been looking at www.psryde.co.uk & on this fine site - If it hadn't been for the owner of the PS Ryde in the early 1990's, Waverley Excursions would have done something with it. Plans had taken place ect in the early & he held things up.....I hold the owner at the time responsible for the condition of the Ryde today...
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Tue Sep 24 03:47:02 2002

E-Mail:
jfc1944@hotmail.com
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Very interesting site. I am keen to find out more about The Yarmouth Belle as I believe my great Uncle was an officer when he started his career. He was later to Captain a William Cory Collier that was sunk following a collision in 1917. I would be interested if anyone has come across a crew list for the Yarmouth Belle in about 1910 - 1916? John Cootes
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Thu Sep 19 22:01:48 2002

E-Mail:
soundofsound@hotmail.com
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Hi Tom, Following our conversation of a few moments ago I thought I would leave a message to say "Hi" and "Keep up the good work!" Thank you for all the work you're putting in for me including the hint on where to go on the web. I am currently logged onto my television through freedomland which comes with sky. It is only my second time on this but I'm not a surfer at the best of times but I am interested, perhaps on having a website like yours.
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Tue Sep 17 16:53:06 2002

E-Mail:
millwoodp@aol.com
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I have set myself the task of visiting all the remainng 55 pleasure piers in the UK. Have just done 46 and 9 to go! Last week I was is Southend and the steamer memories come flooding back and I found your site truly fabulous. I grew up in Thanet in the 60's and sailed often on the Daffodil, Sovereign and Queen of the Channel. A particular happy memory was the evening cruise from Margate to Tower Pier via Southend, returning on the late train to Margate. Sailing up the Thames on the Sovereign (I think) into the sunset over London and then passing through the open Tower Bridge was a truly memorable experience. The ship turned and reversed the last part of the journey which did seem a bit of a shame at the time.Congratulations on a wonderful site.
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Mon Sep 16 18:31:53 2002

mes on the Sovereign (I think) into the sunset over London and then passing through the open Tower Bridge was a truly memorable experience. The ship turned and reversed the last part of the journey which did seem a bit of a shame at the time.Congratulations on a wonderful site. Date created: Mon Sep 16 18:31:53 2002