PS Bristol Queen (1946)

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Paddle Steamer Bristol Queen in Camel Estuary - - 154887.jpg
Bristol Queen in the Camel Estuary in August 1965
Name: Bristol Queen
Operator: P and A Campbell, Bristol
Port of registry: United Kingdom Bristol (Later Cardiff)
Route: Bristol - Ilfracombe
Builder: Charles Hill & Sons
Launched: 4 April 1946
Completed: September 1946
In service: 24 September 1946
Out of service: 26 August 1967
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Tonnage: 961 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 258.7 feet (78.9 m)
Beam: 31.2 feet (9.5 m)
Installed power: Rankin and Blackmore triple expansion three crank diagonal engines
Propulsion: Twin side paddles

PS Bristol Queen was a passenger excursion vessel built for P & A Campbell in 1946.


She was built in 1946 by Charles Hill & Sons in Bristol, and launched on 4 April 1946,[1] by the Lady Mayoress of Bristol, Mrs J. Owen, with a bottle of Bristol Cream sherry Her engines were made by Rankin & Blackmore Greenock Engine No 517 (builders of PS Waverley's Engine..[2]

She was built as a replacement for P & A Campbell ships lost during the Second World War, and operated pleasure cruises in the Bristol Channel, often to Ilfracombe.

On 20 August 1966, she hit Penarth Pier damaging the pier head.[3]

She was taken out of service after an accident to a paddle wheel on 26 August 1967 and was scrapped the following year.


  1. ^ Dumpleton, Bernard (2002). The Story of the Paddle Steamer. Intellect Books. p. 185. ISBN 1841508012.
  2. ^ "Big Crowd Sees Dock Ceremony". Western Daily Press. England. 5 April 1946. Retrieved 21 October 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  3. ^ Easdown, Martin (2013). Piers of Wales. Amberley Publishing. ISBN 1445623854.