PS Monarch changes hands again

August 31, 2013

PS Monarch changes hand again!

Picture: Monarch at Newport Quay, River Medina (© Copyright Chris Allen and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.)

PS Monrch at Newport Quay, River Medina

Yes, the worlds smallest commercial Paddle Steamer has changed ownership once again.

This time she has been bought by some enthusiasts who intend to operate her on the River Frome from Wareham.

Owner history

In the last 3 years, Monarch has had 3 owners. The first was Matt O’Crowley who operated her on the River Medina on the Isle of Wight. When other commitments led to her sale, she moved to Morwellham Quay, an historical museum on the banks of the River Tamar near Plymouth. Whilst at Morwellham she made a cameo on the BBC documentary Edwardian Farm.

In 2012 she was sold yet again, this time to a group of enthusiasts based in Wareham. After not being used very much at Morwellham, she was in need of a bit of TLC.

She is Currently/Was undergoing a complete Refit in Wareham which included boiler repair and re-tube, replacement of the forward bow-thruster which was seized, a refit of the saloon, the fitting of a WC, and a re-paint!

The chance was take to make some modifications too. The main drive shaft will also power the water feed pump and air pump, replacing the need for an on-board Diesel Generator which was used previously. An alternator has been fitted that is also driven off the engine, this will provide power for the bow thrusters and interior lighting and Deck drainage has been modified to prevent water damaged inside the hull.

The rumour was she was to be relaunched in May this year (2013) but I haven’t seen any further info at this moment in time.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Noel Donnelly January 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Monarch was launched in August and has been undergoing trials on the river in preparation for passenger trips starting this Easter.
Noel Donnelly (part owner of the boat)

2 Colin Carr April 28, 2014 at 7:24 am

Good luck. I was the first skipper to carry passengers on Monarch from Sandwich in Kent. Pleased to hear generator will be replaced. I confess i have always thought she had been a bit over engineered. (Sorry Brian)

3 dave pugh December 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

Hi there,

I am interested in building a model of Monarch, do you know if any plans or drawings exist.

many thanks

Dave Pugh

4 oldsteamers February 25, 2015 at 11:29 pm

Hi there. Sorry about the late reply. I’m afraid I don’t no. As she was scratch built, I’m not sure if the original plans even exist. :-/

5 Ian August 14, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Monarch is running and has a new website. Happy days!

6 mike Mayhew April 14, 2016 at 4:20 pm

I have built a working model of Monach @1/12 scale Have drawings etc
Works number 01275546772 or Mob. 07798502826

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