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.
- Bristol Channel Branch
- London & Home Counties Branch
- North of England & North Wales Branch
- Scottish Branch
- Wessex & Dart Branch
The PSPS collection continues to expand with over 50,000 items. The Society holds the largest collection of materials related to Paddle Steamers including postcards, sailing bills, books, souvenirs and fittings from much loved steamers of the past. We welcome further donations to enhance our collection. Please contact the Society's Archive Trustee in the first instance.
A photographic essay of Waverley travelling down the Clyde for her annual dry-docking, a sure sign that a new sailing season is nearly upon us.
A group from the Maritime Heritage Trust visited Kingswear Castle in the undercover shipyard at Dartmouth on Friday 12th April.
Waverley Excursions Ltd. (WEL) press release regarding Waverley's first move of the year, this coming Friday, to dry-dock in Greenock.
Kingswear Castle has been named South West Regional Flagship 2019 by National Historic Ships UK.
Press release issued following a meeting between National Historic Ships UK and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
The Paddle Steamer Blumilsalp made her first visit to the new dry-dock facility at Thun in January.
Sorry to have to report the death of long term Kingswear Castle supporter Bill Hedges.
The MCA has just completed a consultation about removing "grandfather rights" from existing passenger vessels.
The Council of Management has decided that it is time that we should change our Independent Examiner.
The PSPS Chairman will step down to take up the position of General Manager of Waverley Excursions Ltd.