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PS Monarch

River Frome, Wareham, UK

Above : Monarch, laid-up for the winter of 2018-19 at Wareham, facing an uncertain future having been offered for sale. Photograph taken on 19th November 2018 by kind courtesy of Phil Barnes
Construction began in 1984 at Hoo on the Medway, Kent, UK
Length : 42 ft x breadth : 7 ft 9 inches (13 ' 10 " over sponsons)
Compound Diagonal steam engine originally from a tar works converted for marine use by Staniforth Engineeering, Rochester
4 ft diameter, seven float feathering paddle wheels
12 passenger capacity

Designed and built by Brian Waters, a private paddle steamer enthusiast
Launched in 1994 at Chatham Historic Dockyard, where the superstructure was fitted.
Sailed on the Medway
In December 2003 she sailed around Kent to Sandwich, where she took up passenger operation on the River Stour
Sold in late 2007 for service based at Cowes on the Isle of Wight from where she served there for three seasons
In September 2010 she was sold once again - this time to the Morwellham Quay Museum and Visitor Attraction, on the River Tamar near Calstock
In 2012 it was all change - she was resold to Wareham Boat Hire in Wareham Dorset
Now in operation on the River Frome, Wareham by Wareham Steam Navigation in association with Wareham River Cruises.
In September 2018 she was made available for sale, reportedly at a price of GBP 75,000

Engines : Photo by kind courtesy of Ian Childs, Wareham River Cruises



Monarch being relaunched in 2015 after a major overhaul before taking up service at Wareham
Photo by kind courtesy of Ian Childs, Wareham River Cruises
Passenger saloon : Photo by kind courtesy of Ian Childs, Wareham River Cruises

Home base : Wareham, Dorset, UK : Photo by kind courtesy of Ian Childs, Wareham River Cruises

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Above : Monarch on 19th November 2018 during her winter lay-up near Wareham. The photo clearly shows how small the paddle steamer is for a commercial vessel. Photo by kind courtesy of Phil Barnes

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