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It might be assumed that no paddle steamers are being built and will never be built again. Not true. However, it is unlikely that paddle steamers of the size of such ships as Waverley, Unterwalden etc will be built for commercial operators. However there has been a surge of building replica steamers, usually "Mississippi-style" with stern wheels, whether for full propulsion, or more likely auxiliary propulsion. A number have also been built for static operation, many of which are Casino boats in the U.S.A. There have been a number of genuine steamers built in recent years, but generally small vessels for private use, most of which have been built in Australia which has now become the world's leading home of genuine paddle-powered steamships. For example :

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Medway Queen under construction in Bristol, seen in October 2011. Photo by kind courtesy of Kenny Whyte

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Medway Queen


Originally built in 1924 and serving on the River Thames and Medway, the vessel with a distinguished record of evacuating troops from Dunkirk in 1940 was cared for by the Medway Queen Preservation Society at her mud berth on the Hoo Peninsula near the mouth of the Medway. In 2006 a grant of over GBP 1.8 m was obtained which is enabling the rebuilding of the hull as the first step to eventual full rebuild. Re-usable items were recovered from the hull and put into storage pending the construction of a new hull, which  started in the spring of 2009 in Bristol.
Follow construction progress on webcams at the bow and stern of the emerging ship on the ship's website

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