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PS Jeanie Deans


Above : Jeanie Deans in her later years on the Clyde. Photo by Alexander Bain (courtesy of Donald Bain)

Launched on April 7th, 1931 by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co at Govan, Glasgow

Engines : Three-crank diagonal triple expansion 26, 41.5 and 66 in x 60 in stroke

Dimensions : 250'6" x 30'1"
635 Gross Registered Tons (as built) - 814 (in final condition)

LNER remained with paddle vessels due to draft restrictions at Craigendoran
Three-crank engine introduced for first time on a Clyde steamer, with impressive speed resulting
Appearance changed in 1932 with longer, differential funnels and forward deckhouse
Extensively refitted after war service, including new deckhouses, and tonnage increased to 814
Although no longer as quick, she remained a passenger favourite on cruises from Craigendoran.
Converted to oil during the winter of 1956/7. Radar fitted in 1960.
Withdrawn after the 1964 season
Sold in 1965 to an enthusiast entrepreneur for further cruising and sailed to the River Thames in England
Renamed "Queen of the South" by Don Rose's
Coastal Steam Packet Company Ltd 
The inaugural 1966 season was plagued by boiler trouble
New investors put the ship into drydock for passenger facilities upgrade, a boiler re-tubing and the fitting of a bow rudder
The 1967 was also marred by boiler trouble and paddle wheel damage and few sailings were possile
Left the Thames in December 1967 for breaking up at Antwerp, Belgium


Above : Leaving Craigendoran in 1959. Photo by Gillon Ferguson

Above : Approaching Rothesay in 1959. Photo by Gillon Ferguson

Above :  At Rothesay by Jimmy Reid, kindly supplied by Ronnie McLeod

Above: Jeanie Deans at Dunoon in 1964 - Photo by Ian Stewart

Above: Leaving Dunoon for Rothesay, with the Gantocks Rocks in the background (Ian Stewart)


Above : Further off from Dunoon, with paddle steamer Waverley appropaching from Rothesay (Ian Stewart)


Above : Another meeting with Waverley - this time in Rothesay Bay (Ian Stewart)


Above : Jeanie Deans superstructure detail (Ian Stewart)

Above : When Don Rose bought Jeanie Deans, it was hoped that the elderly vessel would be as much of a success on the Thames as she had been on the Clyde. Paddle steamers had disappeared from the capital city and its mighty river, but not so long ago as for them to be forgotten. There had continued to be a significant excursion ship service with palatial motor vessels, but that business was now unprofitable and the Thames was left without any services, but still a significant amount of demand.  Could the Queen of the South revive a paddle steamer tradition and make it work financially ?  Tom Lee took this photo in London in May 1966


Above : Queen of the South's time on the Thames was plagued by mechanical breakdowns. She made it to Southend this time in August 1966. Photo by kind courtesy of Tom Lee



Above : In the Pool of London in 1967. Photo by kind courtesy of Gillon Ferguson


Bibliography
Jeanie Deans 1931-1967 An Illustrated Biography
By Fraser MacHaffie
Published in 1977 by Jeanie Deans Publications
Detailed story of this favourite steamer

Classic Scottish Paddle Steamers
Alan J S Paterson
Published in 1982 by David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd, Brunel House, Newton Abbot, Devon, UK
ISBN 0-7153-8335-3
Clyde story told through extended histories of twelve representative steamers

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