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PS Kingswear Castle

PS Kingswear Castle
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Name: PS Kingswear Castle
Namesake: Kingswear Castle in Devon, UK
  • River Dart Steamboat Company (1924)
  • Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust (1985)
  • Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company (2012)[1]
Ordered: 1924
Builder: Philip and Son, Dartmouth, UK
Launched: 1924
Status: Preserved
General characteristics
Type: Paddlesteamer
  • 113.75 ft (34.67 m) LOA
  • 108.14 ft (32.96 m) LBP
Beam: 17.43 ft (5.31 m)
Draught: 3.43 ft (1.05 m)
Propulsion: Compound Diagonal Steam engine (1904) built by Cox and Co of Falmouth

PS Kingswear Castle is a steamship. She is a coal-fired river paddle steamer, dating from 1924 with engines from 1904. After running summer excursions on the River Medway and the Thames for many years she returned to the River Dart in Devon in December 2012 to run excursions from 2013 onwards on the river she was built on and for. Kingswear Castle is listed as part of the National Historic Fleet of ships of "Pre-eminent National Significance".


  • History 1
  • See also 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4


detail of paddle box, Kingswear Castle 28-4-1973 during restoration on a slipway at Medway Marina, Rochester.

The Kingswear Castle was built by Philip & Sons of Dartmouth in 1924 for the Great Western Railway for service on the River Dart, following sister ships Compton Castle and Totnes Castle, and was operated by the River Dart Steamboat Co. Her predecessor of the same name from 1904 is now a rotted and barely recognisable hulk in the River Dart, but the engines were re-used in the current steamboat.[2]

Kingswear Castle was chartered to the United States Navy during World War II, and was used for carrying stores and personnel at Dartmouth. In 1965 Kingswear Castle was withdrawn from service and became the first purchase of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) two years later. After various difficulties and a great deal of restoration work she was brought into service again in 1985, and is now operated by the Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust based at Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, in association with the PSPS. The PSPS also has a subsidiary, "Waverley Excursions", operating Waverley and Balmoral.

On 18 December 2012 she returned to the River Dart, under charter to the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company, to again run passenger trips around Dartmouth Harbour and up river to Totnes.[3][4]

See also

External links

  • Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust
  • Kingswear CastlePS
  • Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS)
  • Waverley Excursions Ltd.


  1. ^ "Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle". Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Paddle Steamer - PS Kingswear Castle - 1924".  
  3. ^ "Paddlesteamer Kingswear Castle returns home to the Dart after 50 years".  
  4. ^ "Reasons for the Move". Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust. Retrieved 18 December 2012. ...after consultation with the Council of Management of the  

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