The Scottish Branch was formed in 1969 by Douglas McGowan, now our Honorary Branch President. In November 1973 Douglas was invited to attend a meeting with CalMac 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.
- Branch Secretary: Gordon Wilson, 38 Merrylee Park Avenue, Giffnock, Glasgow, G46 6HR
- Contact the Scottish Branch Secretary
Anyone out there want to buy a paddle steamer? The paddle steamer Monarch is up for sale at an initial asking price of £75K.
Friends of the Maritime Heritage Trust are visiting Hartlepool Maritime Museum and HMS Trincomalee 23rd on Sunday and the maritime archive and Wingfield Castle on Monday 24th September.
Kingswear Castle made her last trip of the 2018 season between Dartmouth and Totnes on 18th September.
Thank you to the Wessex Branch for supporting Waverley during her visit.
Princess Elizabeth's last trip of the season from Torquay to Lyme Regis on 15th September 1960.
Paddle Steamer Consul arrived on the Thames on 14th September 1963 but things didn't quite go to plan.
Waverley shopkeeper Brian Elliott and his granddaughter with PSPS Wessex Branch Chairman Chris Warren waiting to board for the cruise to Yarmouth and on around Portsmouth Harbour.
Cosens's Monarch made her last trip in steam on 10th September 1960.
Some pictures of Waverley at Tighnabruaich during the spell of good weather in July.
A picture report on Waverley's sailing on Monday 20th August.
At the age of 90 Stadt Luzern is heading for a major rebuild at the end of the 2018 season.
Paddle Steamer Neuchâtel - the steamer that waited 45 years and cost £8 million to be returned to passenger service in 2014.
PSPS membership subscriptions are now due for those members who pay annually.
Graham Shankland, Finance Director and accountant to Waverley Steam Navigation and Waverley Excursions Ltd, has once again prepared a summary financial statement for the last financial year.
A pictorial review by Martin Longhurst of one of Kingswear Castle's relatively rare return trips between Dartmouth and Totnes.
NationalPSPS 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 rare archive film, 1930s to 1976', by Iain Quinn.
Scottish BranchMcGowan’s MemoriesRenfield St Stephen's Church CentreGlasgowBranch Honorary President Douglas McGowan MBE recalls his earliest steamer memories, and his part in the campaign to preserve P.S. Caledonia in service after her withdrawal in 1969. (Joint meeting with the West Highland Steamer Club).
Scottish BranchFestive CruiseVictoria HarbourGreenockDepart Greenock’s Victoria Harbour at 10:30am for a cruise aboard M.V. Clyde Clipper to the head of Loch Striven including approximately 30 minutes ashore in Rothesay before returning to Greenock at 4:15pm. Optional buffet lunch. Tickets held at 2017 prices. Check back for more details after mid-September.