Scottish Branch

PSPS members north of the border received a letter inviting them to the inaugural meeting of the Scottish Branch in Glasgow on Saturday 13th December 1969. Douglas McGowan, now our Honorary Branch President, was instrumental in establishing the branch.

Extract from the letter sent to PSPS members in Scotland during November 1969 inviting them to the inaugural meeting of the Scottish Branch.

In November 1973 Douglas was invited to attend a meeting with Caledonian MacBrayne which resulted in Paddle Steamer Waverley being gifted to the PSPS for £1! It was then on 8th August 1974 that the PSPS took ownership of the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world and her second career in preservation had begun. Since 1974 the Scottish Branch has been directly linked to supporting Waverley.

The Scottish Branch is proud of its achievements. We are an active and forward thinking branch with a thriving membership of over 800 – we are proud to be the branch which secured an operational future for Waverley. Our members are regularly involved with voluntary work which helps ensure Waverley continues to sail. During the summer sailing season we help raise funds through the Society’s Grand Draw and our annual fundraising cruise on Waverley. The Branch meets in Glasgow each month during the non-sailing season (October – April) and we extend an invitation to join the Society and indeed join the Scottish Branch.

Join the PSPS today and enjoy the many benefits of the Society by clicking here. If you have any questions about the Scottish Branch please feel free to contact the Branch Secretary below.

Forthcoming Events

  • Dec 17Friday
    1970s NostalgiaRenfield CentreGlasgowWest Highland Steamer Club President Gordon Law recalls the West of Scotland steamer scene from 50 years ago.
  • Feb 18Friday
    Chairman’s NightRenfield CentreGlasgowCaptain Murray Paterson recalls some of the challenges and memorable moments from his time at sea. Plus the latest Waverley news.
  • Mar 11Friday
    Craigendoran PierRenfield CentreGlasgow*** NOTE REVISED DATE *** To mark 50 years since the closure of Craigendoran Pier, Iain Quinn presents an illustrated review of the last 6 years of its operation. Plus the latest Waverley news.
  • Apr 1Friday
    Kingswear Castle's Rebuild Phase 1Online EventJohn Megoran presents an illustrated account of the first phase of Kingswear Castle’s rebuild, and outlines the work and funds required for the remaining two phases.
  • Apr 22Friday
    Branch AGM followed by slide showRenfield CentreGlasgowThe AGM will be followed by an entertaining presentation from Peter Reid, this time featuring some of the slides from the first half of the 1990s.