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ISBN 978 0 906294 77 2. 76 pages, 116 illustrations. Full colour soft back. £14.00


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Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle and Steamers of the River Dart

by Richard Clammer & Alan Kittridge

The Dartmouth built Kingswear Castle of 1924 is the last in a line of purpose built river Dart paddle steamers stretching back to the middle of the nineteenth-century. Her Cornish steam engines date from her predecessor namesake of 1904 and her design evolved from successive Victorian paddle steamers of the River Dart Steamboat Co. Ltd. Since 1967 the Kingswear Castle has been owned by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, who also own the sea going Firth of Clyde paddle steamer Waverley. Following a move to the south east of England in 1970 the Kingswear Castle was restored to full passenger service on the rivers Medway and Thames in 1985, in which waters she plied successfully for nearly thirty years. In 2012 a long term charter was agreed with the Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company to operate the paddle steamer back in her 'home' waters of the river Dart and in the following March she once again entered service on the very river she was specifically designed to ply.

This book tells the story of Kingswear Castle: her origins through successive paddle steamers on the river Dart; the history of her first owner - the River Dart Steamboat Co Ltd; her preservation and operation in the south east; and her triumphant return to the river Dart.


This is a superb compendium of KC's history, with the book also providing excellent historical context of excursion steamers on the Dart ... beautifully illustrated
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