Kingswear Castle: A Voyage Through Her Life


With footage of the steamer sailing on the waters of her native River Dart recorded in 2013 and 2015, this is the story of the steamer’s life over what is now approaching 100 years! Includes footage of her restoration, her return to service and her Medway steaming years from 1984 until 2012. KC’s story is recalled with interviews with the key people involved in her restoration, in her operation on the Medway and today’s sailings on the River Dart. A comprehensive history of Britain’s very last coal-fired paddle steamer.



A stunning new broadcast quality documentary...

‘Kingswear Castle’ is a masterpiece of preservation. Beautifully restored this small coal fired steamer, sails again on her native River Dart.  With the help of maritime historian Richard Clammer, in this programme we trace the steamer’s history from her origins  on the River Dart, through her restoration in the 1970’s,  her very successful operation on the River Medway till 2012 and her return to Dartmouth . Includes archive footage.

Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle is  back on her native River Dart after an absence of over 45 years. She is now operated under charter from Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust to Dart Pleasure Craft Ltd, and in conjunction with the Dartmouth Steam Railway, which runs steam trains from Paignton to Kingswear.

The DVD 'Kingswear Castle, a voyage through her life' has been extensively updated in 2015. This update includes footage of the vessel being prepared at Chatham for the tow back to the Dart, her arrival in Dartmouth on 18 December 2012, the ship being refitted for the 2013 season carrying passengers on the River Dart. Footage also is included of the ship in steam in 2013 and 2015, and an interview with the vessel's skipper during a sailing downriver from Totnes

Written and presented by Chris Phillips and maritime historian Richard Clammer. Filmed & edited by award winning director David Ellery, with original music by Jonathan Cohen.


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