OUR article on the final journey of the paddle steamer Monarch brought back some happy memories of cruising at sea for one Looking Back reader.

Peter Price of Weymouth got in touch to share his memories of sailing on the paddle steamer Embassy from Weymouth.

He tells us: "I played on board with my band on a weekly basis in the early sixties. Musician Mike Snelling played with is for the first time."

As well as providing the music, Mr Price got up to some real hijinks while at sea.

"As members of the Royal Air Force Association we would board the paddle steamer dressed as pirates. We would go out in the summer on a fishing boat and put a big tarpaulin over us. Everybody would be looking for the pirates and then we'd jump out behind them.

"The danger would be in everybody then rushing to the side of the ship and the boat rocking, it was so scary!"

Mr Price remembered the Embassy cruises being advertised in the Dorset Evening Echo and that his pirate persona was the exotic and devilish Juan Pedro!

"The cruises would leave Weymouth harbour, go along the breakwater and we would sometimes go round Portland Harbour,

"We had some wonderful times," he said.