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The paddle steamer Merstone is admired by holidaymakers on Southsea beach between the wars
The paddle steamer Merstone is admired by holidaymakers on Southsea beach between the wars
Sir Francis Chichester on Gipsy Moth IV.

NOSTALGIA: Chance to climb on board one of most famous yachts in history

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

Our second nostalgic photograph shows the same vessel from an unusual viewpoint, high and dry for cleaning.

The 342-ton ship was built for the Southern Railway in 1928 by the Caledon Shipbuilding Company of Dundee.

She was a sister ship of 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.