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Paddle Steamer Preservation Society

PO Box 385 Hazlemere High Wycombe HP1 1AG
The society founded in 1959 cares for the "Waverley", the "Kingswear Castle" and the screw ship "Balmoral". Details of the sailings for Waverley etc see "Waverley", Kingswear Castle" 

The Steamboat Association of Great Britain
General Enquiries to:
Hon Sec. David Beale
Hope Villa, Stone Hill
Hatfield Woodhouse
Doncaster DN7 6NS

Membership Secretary
Bill Hall
54 Park Road
Nottingham NG9 4DD

For all those who are interested in small steamers. Membership (December 1999) is over 1000  and about 400 boats, many of which are under 10 metres, but much larger craft are in membership too, including Edwardian craft.

Social gatherings, technical advice, and an excellent quarterly magazine "The Funnel" . (We are advised that the sensible way of dealing with technical enquiries is to write to "The Funnel". Ed.)
Membership: costs 18.00 pa with a retired membership of 14.00

Try their web page at:

PS "Waverley"


Head Office
Waverley Excursions Ltd
Anderstown Quay,
Glasgow G3 8HA
Tel: 0141 221 8152 
Waverley Excursions Ltd
Gwalia Buildings
Barry Docks 
CF62 5QR
 The last of the sea going paddle steamers, built in 1947!  Carries 925 passengers.
Is usually to be found in its home waters on the Clyde during the summer months but also visits Bristol, the Solent and the Thames during the year.
S "Kingswear Castle" 

Kingswear CastlePS "Kingswear Castle"
The Historic Dockyard
Kent ME4 4TQ

Tel and Fax: 01634 827648
Web site:
Built 1924 for Service on the R Dart, she was withdrawn from service in 1965. Rescued by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society she returned to service on the R Medway in 1985 

SS Shieldhall
Contact: Graham Mackenzie, Hon Chairman
54, Old Kennels Lane,
Olivers Battery
Hants SO22 4JS UK
Web site:
Shieldhall is the largest operational steamship in the UK and probably Europe, owned, operated  and maintained entirely by unpaid volunteers. There are several sailing during the summer months and you can find details on the Shieldhall website  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer (there are more than 700 members worldwide) or want to know more about the ship contact Graham Mackenzie at the address above.  

Windermere Steamboat Museum
Rayrigg Road
Cumbria LA23 1BN
Tel: 015394 45565 Fax: 0015394 45769
Opening hours 10.00 -5.00, 7 days a week from 23rd March 1998 to 1st November 1998 

Clyde Puffer's  For a useful book on Clyde Puffer's see our Books Page
See also Clyde Puffer Source Page


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Last updated:  24 Jul 2015