A registered charity founded in 1959, we have about 2,500 members and through our associated charitable companies we operate the only two working paddle steamers in Great Britain; PS Waverley and PS Kingswear Castle.
Without the PSPS there would no longer be the opportunity to sail on a Paddle Steamer in Great Britain.
Our aims are:
- to preserve paddle steamers in sailing condition;
- to educate the public in the historic significance of paddle steamers in the Nation’s maritime and industrial heritage;
- to acquire, preserve and exhibit a collection of equipment and material associated with paddle steamers.
We have five branches covering all of Great Britain. Each branch organises regular talks, social and special events throughout the year. Please click on a branch below for more information.
The Paddle Steamer Archive Collection is administered by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society and forms the largest and most complete archive of material relating to paddle and pleasure steamers in the UK.
The Collection contains over 50,000 items relating to the development of the paddle and pleasure steamers that plied the coasts of the UK from the 1850’s to the present day.
It comprises of written, printed, photographic and digital records as well as physical artefacts.
We welcome further donations to enhance the Collection. In the first instance please contact the Society’s Archive Trustee here.
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On Wednesday 9th September Waverley sailed from Brodick back to Glasgow Science Centre for her winter lay-up.
- 4th September 2020
On Thursday 3rd September 2020 Waverley's bow made heavy contact with Brodick Pier resulting in 17 passengers being injured.
- 2nd September 2020
Waverley's short season of cruises on the Clyde has been extended and she will now operate until Saturday 12th September 2020.
- 23rd August 2020
Waverley was able to undertake her first cruise since October 2018 on Saturday 22 August 2020. This took her from Glasgow to Loch Long and Loch Goil, calling at Blairmore.
- 18th August 2020
Waverley Excursions have announced a two week programme of sailings on the Clyde, from Friday 21st August until Sunday 6th September 2020.
- 14th August 2020
Waverley returned to her home berth at Pacific Quay in Glasgow.
- 14th August 2020
Waverley moves under her own power for the first time since her boiler refit.
- 7th August 2020
Waverley has moved from her berth in James Watt Dock to Greenock Custom House Quay.
- 13th July 2020
Kingswear Castle is now running harbour cruises from Dartmouth every day except Fridays at 12 noon, 1.30pm & 3pm.
- 7th July 2020
Kingswear Castle returned to service Monday 6th July 2020 running harbour cruises from Dartmouth.
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