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.
Rotate, zoom and view a 3D model of Waverley's original 1947 boiler.
The Waverley Boiler Refit Appeal is within £100,000 of the appeal target of £2.3m.
Captain Kuno Stein, who will be known to many PSPS members, has retired as a Lake Lucerne paddle steamer captain.
Over 60 members attended our Annual General Meeting in Southampton on the very wet Saturday afternoon of 26 October.
Waverley's Boiler Refit Appeal has now raised over £2 million.
The Scottish Government have announced £1m funding for Waverley.
The Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust has made a donation to the PSPS for the Waverley Boiler Refit Appeal.
The trailer for the new DVD marking 60 years of the Society that saved the last of Britain's paddle steamers.
The latest Appeal news for Waverley; the total raised reaches £850,000.
To commemorate the Society's Diamond Anniversary, two new publications have been crafted to tell our story, a hardback book and a DVD.
- There are no events scheduled.