Tuesday, December 11, 2012
This morning the steam paddle steamer Kingswear Castle made her final trip down the River Medway under tow from the tug Christine.
The Kingswear Castle has been a regular sight on the river for the past thirty years operating popular pleasure cruises particularly from the Historic Dockyard at Chatham.
She was built in Dartmouth, Devon in 1924 and plied the River Dart until 1965 when she was saved from the breakers yard and brought to the Medway for restoration.
The process has now gone full circle.The Kingswear Castle is currently heading back home to the River Dart.
She has been chartered by the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company and will be kept busy carrying tourists for the foreseeable future.
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UPDATE 15.12.12 - Kingswear Castle is currently sheltering in Portland due to bad weather in the Channel. She was only built as a river ship so not really ideal for the open sea.
UPDATE 20.12.12 - Kingswear Castle made it safely to the River Dart!