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PS Compton Castle                                                        

In operation as a florist's shop at Truro in 2004. Photo courtesy of Michael Young.
Note : she no longer operates as a flower shop and has been substantially altered since the above photo. She awaits a new owner 

Built 1914

Older sister of the still-operational Kingswear Castle of 1924, Compton Castle was withdrawn from service in 1962 and remained in south-western England. Although it once seemed that she would survive her elder cousin, the "Kingswear" was taken over by the Paddle Steamer preservation Society and after many years of dereliction, returned to service. Compton Castle remains in a much altered form, with engines removed, having been used for many years as a florist's shop. It had been proposed to turn her into a high-class restaurant under the auspices of well-known local chef Kevin Viner but the project was abandoned in 2010 due to insolvency and the ship went into the hands of property development company Porthia. She was totally refurbished in 2010/11 with a flat deck, completely enclosed with a glazed structure and now operates as a coffee house in Truro city centre.

Engines : Long-time preserved at the Blackgang Chine Fantasy Park near Ventnor, Isle of Wight, they were sold in November 2014 to the Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust Ltd, a subsidiary of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society and owners of PS Kingswear Castle, a former fleet mate of Compton Castle and, after restoration, now sailing once again on the River Dart. The engines were moved to Kingswear in February 2016 for future display on the platform of the heritage railway company which now operates PS Kingswear Castle on charter

More of Michael Young's photos from 2004


Website detailing the history of the Compton Castle by Tony Brett

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