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Kingswear Castle, Dartmouth

Kingswear Castle, Dartmouth

Looking aft on the Kingswear Castle. I love all the timber work.
Below the open hatch is the steam engine that still looks like new even though it is around 100 years old.
She is the only working coal fired paddle steamer left in Britain we were told.

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Hi guernseyman, some great pics of "Kingswear Castle". She was built in 1924 but her engines came from the previous steamer of the same name which was built in 1904. Glad you enjoyed your trip, which for anyone visiting that bit of Devon is not to be missed!
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good day guernseyman.m.sun 8th june.re:kingswear castle,dartmouth,great timber work.it is a fine paddle steamer.hope it keeps going.regards ben27
 

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I think I'm right in saying that the original Kingswear Castle was used as a quarantine ship for soldiers returning from WW1 with TB and the like.
After being used for this purpose she was run aground up the River Dart and left to rot because it was believed that she had absorbed all the nasty diseases and was a health risk!
Luckily the engine was rescued for further use.
 

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She is still visible in the mud when you traverse the Dart today - I have been aboard her with Robin Cox but there is very little left now, just a hulk full of mud and reeds.
 

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