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.
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- Three Days Ago
Images of PS Freshwater - the paddle steamer directly linked to the birth of the PSPS.
- 1st January 2021
Following on from the recent Waverley 1981 re-boilering article, two short videos of the 2020 re-boilering have been released featuring previously unseen still images and footage.
- 31st December 2020
What were the most viewed articles on the PSPS website during 2020?
- 28th December 2020
A second report on Waverley's 1981 re-boilering with images previously not shared showing the new boiler being fitted.
- 16th December 2020
Lake Lucerne Paddle Steamer Captain Hans-Peter Mosimann has retired.
- 14th December 2020
Waverley Excursions today issued an update on Waverley's COVID-19 Relief Appeal.
- 29th November 2020
Scottish Television News clip with Paul Semple and Iain Quinn talking about Waverley and the fundraising appeal.
- 9th November 2020
Brian Jackson, one of the last remaining crew members of a Cosens' paddle steamer, has died.
- 1st November 2020
1 November 2020 marks the 80th birthday of Society Vice-President Terry Sylvester.
- 29th October 2020
The draft minutes of the Society's thirty-third Annual General Meeting are now available on this web site.
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