History of the fleet
KINGSWOOD History Society began this year's programme with a presentation on P&A Campbell's White Funnel Fleet.
Nigel Coombs, from the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, gave us the brief history of the fleet from 1887 and the establishment of their Bristol Channel operations.
As well as numerous photos we also relived the thrills of the excursions between the West Country and South Wales across the years.
Campbell's made valuable contributions to both World Wars and lost several vessels in the process.
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The last two members of the fleet – Cardiff Queen and Bristol Queen – were withdrawn in 1966 and 1967 respectively.
But Campbell's continued sailing with a variety of vessels until 1981 when it was announced that all operations would finally cease.
The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society now operates the world's last sea-going paddle steamer, the Waverley, as well as the Balmoral, which offers trips in the Bristol Channel.
On Tuesday, April 2, the subject will be Whitchurch airport and on Tuesday, May 7, we will be learning about William Beckford of Bath.
Anyone interested in joining the history society should visit our website (www.kingswoodhistorysociety. org) or contact Dennis Noble (email@example.com) or just come along to one of our meetings.
The Kingswood History Society meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Park Centre, High Street, Kingswood, (opposite the Civic Centre) at 7.30pm.
Kingswood History Society
Phone: 0117 947 5814