A paddle steamer in Southsea

The paddle steamer Merstone off Southsea beach
The paddle steamer Merstone off Southsea beach
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The paddle steamer Merstone is admired by holidaymakers on Southsea beach as she nears the shore to pick up passengers.

The 342-ton vessel was built for the Southern Railway in 1928 by the Caledon Shipbuilding Company of Dundee. She was a sister ship to the Portsdown which sank after hitting a mine off Southsea in September 1941.

Merstone survived the war and was eventually sold for scrap in 1952.