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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- Three Days Ago
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.
- 4th July 2020
On Friday 3rd July a surveyor was aboard to test Kingswear Castle's two boiler safety valves.
- 24th June 2020
Kingswear Castle is set to return to service on Monday 6th July taking the 12 noon harbour cruise from Dartmouth.
- 19th June 2020
The iconic look of Waverley is restored with the refitting of the forward funnel.
- 18th June 2020
Work has started again on completing Kingswear Castle's refit.
- 17th June 2020
One down, one to go. The aft funnel is refitted as work to complete Waverley's boiler refit accelerates.
- 30th May 2020
Support the Maid of the Loch by taking a virtual cruise of the full length of Loch Lomond.
- 23rd May 2020
45 years ago this weekend Waverley was in the midst of her first weekend in operation under Waverley Steam Navigation.
- 15th April 2020
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.