Arthur Rickner of Eltham, London died in early December
2007 after a period of failing health. Arthur was born in
1920 and for all of his long life spent most of his spare
time aboard the paddle and pleasure steamers of the Thames
and Medway. When the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society
was formed in 1959, Arthur quickly joined and at his death,
still held the membership number of 181.
It was during
the early 1960s, that Arthur became involved with the recently
formed London branch of the Society and quickly joined the
branch committee - a position he held until the late 1980s.
For well over twenty years, Arthur was Models Secretary
of the branch and annually organised model festivals at
Blackheath Pond as well as for 'Woolwich Arts Week'. For
many years, Arthur was also involved with the Paddle &
Pleasure Steamer Historical Trust - the one time custodians
of part of our collection.
During the 1980s
and until a few months before his death, Arthur was a regular
passenger aboard the steamers and in particular the Kingswear
Castle. He had in fact been involved with this steamer
since her restoration on the River Medway during the 1970s.
Arthur was one
of the last of the old-time enthusiasts that could remember
the 'Golden Age' of the Thames and Medway Steamers in the
days before the Second World War as well as being involved
with the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society since its inception.
shown here (seated with cap) at a model rally at Blackheath
during the 1960s.