The Wessex & Dart Branch is proud to represent the area where the Society was originally founded in 1959. It was while sailing on PS Freshwater between Lymington and Yarmouth that Professor Alan Robinson conceived the idea of the PSPS. We welcome PS Waverley to our area each September. In 2013 we encompassed the River Dart into our area in recognition of the paddle steamer Kingswear Castle being returned to her home waters after a number of years away. The branch organises a series of outings each summer and also a programme of winter meetings between each October and April which are shared between Bournemouth, Southampton, East Cowes and Dartmouth. These are open to members and non members alike and all are assured of a warm welcome.
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- Contact the Branch by post: c/o Flat 2, Grosvenor House, 3 Grosvenor Road, Bournemouth, BH4 8BQ
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PSPS Vice President Douglas McGowan describes in his own words his visit to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE.
A tiny crack previously repaired on the casting of Kingswear Castle's low pressure cylinder re-appeared last season. It was decided to start on a rebuild of KC's engine.
Waverley Excursions have announced the 2017 timetables for Scotland (Spring & Western Isles), Liverpool & Llandudno, South Coast and the Thames.
The Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company has just published the 2017 timetable for the Society's coal-fired river paddler, Kingswear Castle.
Warmest congratulations to PSPS Vice President Douglas McGowan on the award of an MBE in the New Year's Honours List 'for services to PS Waverley and to charity.
Minutes of the 29th Annual General Meeting of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society held at 14:00 on 19th November 2016 on board PS Maid of the Loch at Balloch.
Brief update on the Annual General Meeting held aboard P.S. Maid of the Loch on 19th November.
The Clyde River Steamer Club's website features an article by Robin Copland who was astonished by the richness of the 'Kingswear Castle experience'.
Waverley was launched 70 years ago on Wednesday 2nd October 1946.
A selection of photographs of Waverley at Bournemouth supplied by Carl Draper (Waveslider Photography).
WAVERLEY's cruise on 22 September 2016 celebrated the centenary of EMBASSY's launch as DUCHESS OF NORFOLK, back in 1911. She became a very significant ship - the last of Cosens &...
Once again Graham Shankland, Finance Director and accountant to Waverley Steam Navigation and Waverley Excursions Ltd, has prepared a summary financial statement for the last financial year.
A river cruise offers an unexpected opportunity to see two German paddlers.
John Megoran, skipper of Kingswear Castle for 27 years, needs no introduction to PSPS members. His new book 'British Paddle Steamers: The Heyday of Excursions and Day Trips' is published today.
John Megoran, Captain of the P.S. Kingswear Castle for 27 years, has submitted a few pictures of the Daniel Adamson, which he took back in May whilst in Liverpool.