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 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.
Policies & Procedures
Annual Reports & Accounts
Annual General Meetings
Support the Maid of the Loch by taking a virtual cruise of the full length of Loch Lomond.
- 23rd May
45 years ago this weekend Waverley was in the midst of her first weekend in operation under Waverley Steam Navigation.
- 15th April
Bill Prynne, who died aged 94 on Saturday 11th April, was PSPS Chairman for two stints, firstly for part of 1963 and then again from 1967 to 1976.
- 10th April
Greg Beecroft shares some pictures he took of Waverley at Easter 1980.
- 9th April
The Council of Management appointed John Allen to be the Society's National Chairman on 28 March.
- 3rd April
A picture report on Waverley’s recent dry docking.
- 24th March
A further update from the DSRRB Company, which runs Kingswear Castle on our behalf, in relation to coronavirus.
- 19th March
Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company's statement relating to coronavirus.
- 14th March
Paddle steamer enthusiasts may be interested in reading about and supporting the ongoing restoration of PS Curlip II in Australia.
- 13th March
It is not just Waverley that is receiving some off-season TLC, the Waverley Excursions website has received a fresh new look.