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.

Latest News

Forthcoming Events

  • Mar 23 Saturday
    Scottish Branch Golden Jubilee DayQueen's HallDunoonThe PSPS Scottish Branch celebrates it's first 50 years. with a day of special film shows and more.
  • Apr 12 Friday
    Branch Annual General Meeting & Slide ShowRenfield St Stephen's Church CentreGlasgowThe Branch AGM will be followed by another entertaining presentation from Peter Reid, this time featuring some of the slides which he took in the first half of the 1990s.
  • May 11 Saturday
    Ship Ahoy! – Maritime Heritage ExhibitionScottish Maritime MuseumIrvineAnnual display of model steamers, photographs, historic film footage, books, postcards and more. Entry is free.
  • May 23 Thursday
    Waverley – First Sailing of 2019Glasgow, Greenock, Largs & RothesayPS Waverley's first sailing of the 2019 season. Departing from Glasgow to Loch Striven via Greenock, Largs and Rothesay.
  • May 25 Saturday
    Kingswear Castle – First Sailings of 2019Dartmouth EmbankmentDartmouthPS Kingswear Castle's 2019 season kicks off with three 1¼ hour circular river cruises at 12:00, 14:00 and 15:30.

New Reasons to Join

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

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