Kingswear Castle's engines date from 1904 and were first installed on the
previous Kingswear Castle.
Castle could carry up to 500 passengers in her heyday on the River Dart!\
Castle cost £10,333 to build in 1924! She was sold to the Paddle Steamer
Preservation Society for £650 in 1965.
Castle was the last paddle steamer built for service on the River Dart in
Castle was operating on the River Dart on the day that the young Princess
Elizabeth met met her future husband Lieutenant Phillip Mountbatten at Dartmouth
Royal Naval College in 1937.
Castle has carried many famous passengers including HRH Prince Edward and
Margaret Thatcher MP.
Kingswear Castle was one of a handful of
pleasure steamers given permission to undertake cruises in 1941 on the River Dart
when she operated from Totnes.
Kingswear Castle is now the UK's
last coal-fired paddle steamer.
Kingswear Castle spent almost
as long on the River Medway as she did on the River Dart.
Castle has been used as a film set for productions such as 'Around the World
in 80 Days' and 'Great Expectations'.