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"Take a trip on the Paddle..." Chatham Things to Do Tip by sociolingo

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Take a trip on the Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle from The Dockyard
The KINGSWEAR CASTLE is a coal-fired paddle steamer built in 1924 which originally sailed up and down the River Dart until the 1960s. It was chartered by the American Navy in the Second World War to carry stores and personnel at Dartmouth.

After being withdrawn from service in 1965 the KINGSWEAR CASTLE was laid up in Dartmouth. It was bought by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society in 1967 and moved to the Isle of Wight. In 1971 it was towed to the River Medway in Kent and we had the fun of seeing it restored between then and 1985. The KINGSWEAR CASTLE won the National Steam Heritage Award in 1986, and in 1995 won first prize in the Scania Transport Trust Awards. In 1999 she was included on the National Historic Ships Committee Core Collection list of ships of 'Pre-eminent National Significance'.

Directions: Kingswear Castle sails on the Medway from Rochester and Chatham about one hour's drive away from London, Ramsgate, Dover, the Channel Tunnel, Gatwick and Chelmsford and a short distance from the M25,
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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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