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
A picture report on Waverley’s recent dry docking.
A further update from the DSRRB Company, which runs Kingswear Castle on our behalf, in relation to coronavirus.
Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company's statement relating to coronavirus.
Paddle steamer enthusiasts may be interested in reading about and supporting the ongoing restoration of PS Curlip II in Australia.
It is not just Waverley that is receiving some off-season TLC, the Waverley Excursions website has received a fresh new look.
An update on Waverley’s boiler refit.
Earlier this week a funnelless Waverley entered dry dock at Greenock.
The first progress report on Waverley’s boiler refit.
Progress towards Waverley's return to service has visibly taken a major step forward with the removal of both her funnels.
On Tuesday 14th January Waverley was towed from her berth in Glasgow downriver to Dales Marine Services shipyard in Greenock in preparation for her £2.3 million boiler refit.
- There are no national events scheduled.