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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

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

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PS "Waverley"

 This beautiful photograph is  by Kenny White
Head Office
Waverley Excursions Ltd
Lancefield Quay
          Glasgow G3 8HA

Tel: 0141 243 2224
 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" 


PS "Kingswear Castle"

Photo courtesy Kingswear Castle Gallery.

Built 1924 for Service on the R Dart, she was withdrawn from service in 1965.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 and is currently on charter to the  Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Co 2017, and once again providing excursions on the R, Dart. She is the only coal fired paddle steamer operating in the UK
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SS Shieldhall  Web:
Shieldhall is the largest operational steamship in the UK and probably Europe, owned, operated  and maintained entirely by unpaid volunteers. There are several sailings during the summer months and you can find details on the Shieldhall website 


Windermere Steamboat Museum (Windermere Jetty)
Rayrigg Road
Cumbria LA23 1BN
Renamed Windermere Jetty the museum is being rebuilt (January 2017) and will open later this year. 

The museum will house Lakeland steam launches and motor boats, racing boats including Hubert Scott Paine's 1931 White Lady II, and sailing boats. 


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Last updated:  05 Jan 2023