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. SC037603

Charity no. SC037603

Charity no. 298328

Charity no. 298328

PSPS Collection

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 small selection of Waverley promotional material held in the PSPS Collection.

Forthcoming National Events

"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.