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Background imagePaddle Collection: White water rafting

White water rafting, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, Pacific

Background imagePaddle Collection: Littlehampton Harbour

Littlehampton Harbour
A paddle steamer chugs up the harbour beside the pier at Littlehampton, West Sussex

Background imagePaddle Collection: Holidaymakers on the sands at Filey, North Yorkshire

Holidaymakers on the sands at Filey, North Yorkshire -- the beach is full of people, either walking or paddling. Date: 1940s

Background imagePaddle Collection: Hms Dreadnought 1906

Hms Dreadnought 1906
The ship that gave her name to a new style of warship - the mighty HMS Dreadnought leaves Portsmouth harbour, escorted by a paddle-wheel tug

Background imagePaddle Collection: Wreck of the SS Chusan, Ardrossan, 1874

Wreck of the SS Chusan, Ardrossan, 1874
Engraving showing the wreck of the paddle-steamer Chusan near the entrance to Ardrossan Harbour, Scotland, 1874

Background imagePaddle Collection: chilled surfing

chilled surfing
Raissa Oltmanns

Background imagePaddle Collection: Paddle steamer La Marguerite

Paddle steamer La Marguerite, off Penmaenmawr, with Great Orme in the distance. Date: circa 1907

Background imagePaddle Collection: Paddle Steamer Leith 1837

Paddle Steamer Leith 1837
The paddle steamer Leith arriving at Grantham Pier, Edinburgh. Built by R.Menzies & Sons for the General Steam Navigation Co 1837 and used by GSNC for coastal service between Leith and London

Background imagePaddle Collection: Beach scene, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

Beach scene, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex
Scene of holidaymakers on the Albion Beach at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. A long line of bathing machines on wheels can be seen in the background, waiting to be hauled by a horse to the waters edge

Background imagePaddle Collection: Neptune Steamship

Neptune Steamship
Since this paddle steamer is depicted on the Elbe, it is doubtless employed on the England to Hamburg run. The other ship is the Caledonia

Background imagePaddle Collection: Cleethorpes Sea Front

Cleethorpes Sea Front
The crowded sea front at Cleethorpes. People sunbathe in deckchairs and paddle in the sea

Background imagePaddle Collection: Canoeing on the Louse River, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Superior National Forest

Canoeing on the Louse River, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Superior National Forest, Minnesota, United States of America, North America

Background imagePaddle Collection: USA, USVI, St John. Tropical winter getaway

USA, USVI, St John. Tropical winter getaway. Popular Trunk Bay was one of holdings donated by Laurance Rockefeller in 1958. Underwater Snorkeling Trail part of Virgin Islands National Park

Background imagePaddle Collection: West Indies Grenada

West Indies Grenada
(Windward Islands) Native porters coaling a paddle-steamer in St Georges Harbour

Background imagePaddle Collection: Wales, Gwynedd, Bala

Wales, Gwynedd, Bala. White water kayaking on the Tryweryn River at the National Whitewater Centre

Background imagePaddle Collection: Natural swimming pool and beach near El Cotillo, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Natural swimming pool and beach near El Cotillo, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain, Atlantic, Europe

Background imagePaddle Collection: Thames Paddle Steamer

Thames Paddle Steamer
A Thames paddle-steamer at Gravesend, Kent

Background imagePaddle Collection: Clyde paddle steamer Mercury

Clyde paddle steamer Mercury approaching a jetty in Western Scotland in August 1913 Date: 1913

Background imagePaddle Collection: Paddle steamer Natchez on the Mississippi River

Paddle steamer Natchez on the Mississippi River, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Background imagePaddle Collection: The Backs, River Cam, Clare College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK

The Backs, River Cam, Clare College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK

Background imagePaddle Collection: Riverboat Great Republic

Riverboat Great Republic
The elegant Mississippi paddle steamer Great Republic

Background imagePaddle Collection: Canoeist about to Canoe

Canoeist about to Canoe
Girl in her one-piece swimming costume & bathing cap with checker board trim going off for a paddle

Background imagePaddle Collection: Paddle steamer Medway Queen, Sheerness, Kent

Paddle steamer Medway Queen, Sheerness, Kent
Paddle steamer Medway Queen, arriving at Sheerness-on-Sea, Kent. During the Second World War she acted as a minesweeper, and made seven evacuation trips from Dunkirk in 1940, rescuing 7000 men

Background imagePaddle Collection: Greenwich Paddlers

Greenwich Paddlers
1928: London children paddling in the Thames by the Royal Naval College at Greenwich. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imagePaddle Collection: Bristol - The Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon Gorge

Bristol - The Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon Gorge
Bristol - The Clifton Suspension Bridge (designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel) over the River Avon Gorge - a paddlesteamer passes beneath. Date: 1936

Background imagePaddle Collection: Papua, New Guinea, native village

Papua, New Guinea, native village
Native village on Humboldt Bay, Papua, New Guinea, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePaddle Collection: Comic postcard, Enormous man with woman in the sea Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Enormous man with woman in the sea Date: 20th century

Background imagePaddle Collection: Pioneer flatboat on the Ohio River, c. 1845 (engraving)

Pioneer flatboat on the Ohio River, c. 1845 (engraving)
PNP248814 Pioneer flatboat on the Ohio River, c.1845 (engraving) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark American Pictures; American, out of copyright

Background imagePaddle Collection: Paddle Steamer Bournemouth Queen

Paddle Steamer Bournemouth Queen, of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. Date: circa 1910

Background imagePaddle Collection: Paddle Steamer Southampton, at Southampton

Paddle Steamer Southampton, at Southampton
Paddle Steamer Southampton of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, at Southampton, with passengers on deck. Date: circa 1900s

Background imagePaddle Collection: Kashmir, River Jhelum - woman paddles a wooden boat

Kashmir, River Jhelum - woman paddles a wooden boat
Kashmir, River Jhelum - woman with two small children paddles a flat-bottomed wooden boat, or shikara Date: 1986

Background imagePaddle Collection: Glasgow / The Broomielaw

Glasgow / The Broomielaw
A paddle steamer at the quayside Date: 1907

Background imagePaddle Collection: A sea kayaker at the Falls of Lora at Connel in Scotland

A sea kayaker at the Falls of Lora at Connel in Scotland
A sea kayaker at the tidal Falls of Lora at Connel in Scotland. The village is in Argyll & Bute in Scotland

Background imagePaddle Collection: Kayaks, Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park

Kayaks, Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, Western Tasmania, Australia

Background imagePaddle Collection: The Nairobi skyline from Uhuru Park where city residents

The Nairobi skyline from Uhuru Park where city residents enjoy rowing boats on a small artificial lake. The clock tower of Kenyas Parliament can be seen in the background

Background imagePaddle Collection: The Esplanade, Rothesay Isle of Bute

The Esplanade, Rothesay Isle of Bute

Background imagePaddle Collection: Broomielaw, Glasgow early 1900's

Broomielaw, Glasgow early 1900's

Background imagePaddle Collection: Ilfracombe Harbour, Victorian period

Ilfracombe Harbour, Victorian period

Background imagePaddle Collection: Poster, Arcachon, France, a town for winter and summer, Chemins de Fer du Midi - casinos, beach

Poster, Arcachon, France, a town for winter and summer, Chemins de Fer du Midi - casinos, beach, forest, hunting, fishing, regattas, races, pigeon shooting, golf. Date: circa 1895

Background imagePaddle Collection: Paddling at Heyst

Paddling at Heyst
A group of children in striped bathing costumes paddle happily in the surf at Heyst sur Mer, Belgium. Date: circa 1905

Background imagePaddle Collection: Intha fisherman beat water, Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar

Intha fisherman beat water, Inle Lake, Shan State, Myanmar

Background imagePaddle Collection: The Water Nymph by Muriel Dawson

The Water Nymph by Muriel Dawson -- a little girl paddling in the sea. Date: 1933

Background imagePaddle Collection: Close up of a prickly pear cactus paddle, Pozos, Mexico

Close up of a prickly pear cactus paddle, Pozos, Mexico

Background imagePaddle Collection: Steamer Solent leaving Lymington Pier for Isle of Wight

Steamer Solent leaving Lymington Pier for Isle of Wight
The Ferry Steamer Solent leaving Lymington Pier for the Isle of Wight. Date: 1908

Background imagePaddle Collection: Hesdin, Pas-de-Calais, France - Mill and Old Fish Street

Hesdin, Pas-de-Calais, France - Mill and Old Fish Street
Hesdin, Pas-de-Calais, France - Mill on the River Canche view of the old Fish Street Date: circa 1910s

Background imagePaddle Collection: Young children having holiday fun in the sea at Eastbourne. 9 August 1916

Young children having holiday fun in the sea at Eastbourne. 9 August 1916

Background imagePaddle Collection: Jonathan Hulls steamboat, 18th century

Jonathan Hulls steamboat, 18th century
Jonathan Hulls steamboat, historical artwork. A patent for this steam-powered towboat was taken out by the British inventor Jonathan Hulls in 1736

Background imagePaddle Collection: GPAC2A-00004

GPAC2A-00004
Native Samoan sea-canoes, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration



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Paddle your way through a world of adventure. From the tranquil waters of Littlehampton Harbour to the bustling sands of Filey, North Yorkshire, there's no shortage of fun for holidaymakers seeking a splash. Feel the rush as you conquer white water rafting or step back in time aboard HMS Dreadnought, an iconic vessel that made waves in 1906. Explore history beneath the waves at Ardrossan, where the wreck of SS Chusan tells tales from 1874. Cleethorpes Sea Front offers endless opportunities to paddle and play under sunny skies while enjoying breathtaking views. Hop aboard a Thames Paddle Steamer and let it transport you to a bygone era filled with elegance and charm. Discover La Marguerite, a majestic paddle steamer that gracefully glides along serene waters. Travel even further back in time with Paddle Steamer Leith 1837, an enchanting relic from maritime history. For those seeking tropical bliss, USA's St John in USVI is your ultimate winter getaway destination - picture yourself paddling amidst paradise. Escape to Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex and immerse yourself in its picturesque beach scene; feel the sand between your toes as you dip your paddle into crystal-clear waters. Finally, embark on an unforgettable journey aboard Neptune Steamship – let its mighty paddles propel you towards new horizons. Whether you seek tranquility or thrills, historical marvels or idyllic beaches - embrace the power of the paddle and create memories that will last a lifetime.