Details of Pleasure Steamers based at Worcester

  • 17 Jan 2012
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Sovereign Built 1821. Built on the Catamaran principle with two hulls 5 ft apart. Engines to make 6 m.p.h against the stream. Doubtful if she ever reached Worcester as she blew up.

SABRINA Paddle Steamer built at London c. 1846. 90 ft long, 14 ft beam, with 25 ft loaded with 300 passengers. Had two engines of 12 h.p. each. Owned by James Wall of Worcester in mid-19th century.

SEVERN Built London c.1850. Certificate to carry 300 passengers. A wooden paddle steamer about 90 ft long, 11 ft beam, drawing about 2 ft of water. Said to steam at 10 m.p.h. Owned by a number of people connected with Worcester.

KILMAIN Built by David Napier at Hallow Ford in 1853. A screw passenger steamer but proved to be unsuitable for Severn navigation.
In about 1850, David Napier built another passenger vessel which plied from Worcester to Stourport, but its name is not known.

CUIRASSIER Built 1860 of steel especially to take advantage of improvements to the Severn up to Stourport. Carried 140 tons but not able to navigate with full load. Instead, traded between Worcester and the Irish and French ports. Sold February 1864. She was built for the Staffs & Worcester Canal Company.

EDMUND IRONSIDES bUILT 1860. a wooden Framed, iron-plated vessel which could carry 120 tons. Like the Cuirassier above, was built for the Severn but ended as steam coasters.
Built by Stothert, of 112 tons. Traded from Worcester.

HERO The only evidence of this paddle steamer on the Severn is the drawing illustrated in this book. It is conceivable however, that the Hero was the vessel built by David Napier.

PERSEVERANCE Built by C.Stevens on the west bank of the Severn at Worcester in 1868. Originally a paddle steamer, she was later converted to screw. Built of wood, 91 ft long, 14 ft beam, and was driven by two 10 h.p engines. She was very slow, and ended her days as a house boat for Frank Roberts below Warmstrey Slip. Worcester. She was towed away and broken up c.1960.

LADY ALWYNE Official No. 78708.  Registered at Gloucester 1881. Built by Mr. Everton on west bank of Severn at Worcester in 1881. Named after wife of a popular Dean of Worcester. Sailed with a list. Owned by the Everton family until at least 1918. 61 ft 3 ins long, 11 ft 6 ins beam 5 ft 7 ins depth. Wooden.

DOVE and Star Small wooden pleasure steamers built by Dovey Engineers of the Butts, Worcester, about 1880. Let out for private parties.
Star 35 ft: Dove 28 ft.

Fashion Registered at London in 1895. Official No 104884. Built by E. Clarke & Co. at Brimscombe in 1888. Owned in 1918 by F. W. White  of Newport Street, Worcester.

BEATRICE Registered at London 1893. Official No. 101979. Built London 1893. Owned by London County Council and brought by Frank Roberts of Worcester, but she did not ply the Severn for long. Iron built. 81 ft 3 ins long, 11 ft 6 ins beam, 6 ft 1 in. depth.

BELLE Registered London.  Official No. 118486. (First called Sunbrey Belle, but Sunbury was dropped when she came to Worcester). Built of wood at Hampton Wick on the Thames, 1894. Owned by Horace Clarke of Sunbury who sold her to J. W. Everton of Worcester. She arrived at Worcester in 1896, where she plied the Severn for 84 years, and in 1980 was transported back to the Thames. 71 ft long, 14 ft 9 ins beam, 4 ft 8 ins depth. Steam driven but converted to diesel in the 1950's. Seats 150 passengers.

Built at Hampton Wick and launched from Tooley's Yard in 1896. She was at first known as the 'new Sunbury Belle'. She arrived by road to Avonmouth and came up Severn to Worcester in 1945. She did not stay longh, going to the Stroudwater Canal as a house boat, where by 1957 she had deteriorated into a derelict condition. 75 ft long, 15 ft beam. Built of wood.

Registered London 1894. Built at Hampton Wick, and almost identical in desgin to the Belle,  and believed to have been built in the same yard. Owned by George Williams of Worcester c.1900-20, then by Mrs Huxter, who, in about 1928, changed her name to Duchess Doreen. Built of wood. 64 ft 3 ins long, 13 ft 4 ins beam, 4 ft 3 ins depth. Steam driven but converted to diesel in the 1950's. Sold in the 1960's to the Thames for use as a houseboat. No 102851. 

BELLE OF NEW YORK Little information available. A paddle steamer built about 1890 and brought to the Severn by George Thornberrow in c.1937.

HOLT CASTLE The largest passenger vessel on the Severn. Built of wood. Accommodation for 320 passengers. Owned in 1910 by Mrs. A. Roberts of South Quay, Worcester. Although one of the most popular vessels on the Severn for many years, nothing is known of her specifications. She was broken up at Pembroke Dock in 1937.
Sallon accommodation 50.