About Us

The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) is Britain's longest established, largest and most successful steamship preservation group.

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.

The Society also supports other paddle steamer projects including PS Maid of the Loch and PS Medway Queen.

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.


Charity no. 298328

Charity no. 298328

Charity no. SC037603

Charity no. SC037603

Latest National News

Forthcoming National Events

  • PSPS Annual General Meeting 2018Principal HotelYorkNotice is hereby given that the thirty first Annual General Meeting of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society will be held in the Crown Room at the Principal Hotel, Station Road, York YO24 1AA at 1.30pm on Saturday 17th November 2018, followed by a presentation of 'Clyde Steamers in the 1960s', by Iain Quinn.
"A Peep into the Past" on-line was introduced to mark the 50th anniversary of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society's journal "Paddle Wheels". You can view the story of paddle steamers and the Society through the pages of "Paddle Wheels" starting with the very first issue here.

New Reasons to Join

Waverley Excursions Ltd. has kindly offered concessions for Waverley sailings to PSPS members. Read more here.

Join the PSPS and help preserve our maritime heritage for present and future generations