Scottish Branch

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.

Latest News

Forthcoming Events

  • PS CaledoniaRenfield St Stephen's Church CentreGlasgowIain Quinn traces the career of PS Caledonia, often the Clyde’s overlooked paddler, from her launch to her withdrawal from service in 1969.

  • Then and NowRenfield St Stephen's Church CentreGlasgowJohn Newth illustrates how the steamers serving the Clyde and Western Isles have changed dramatically over the years.

  • PSPS 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.

  • McGowan’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 PS Caledonia in service after her withdrawal in 1969. (Joint meeting with the West Highland Steamer Club).

  • Festive CruiseVictoria HarbourGreenockThe Coastal Cruising Association (CCA) and the PSPS Scottish Branch are delighted to offer members and friends of both clubs the opportunity of a festive cruise aboard the popular MV Clyde Clipper.

  • Pictorial DelightsRenfield St Stephen's Church CentreGlasgowScottish Branch Committee member Graeme Phanco shares some of the favourite steamer images from his collection.

  • The Early Pioneering Years of PSPSRenfield St Stephen's Church CentreGlasgowTo mark the start of its Diamond Jubilee Year, Peter Lamb travels north to share his knowledge of how PSPS was formed, and how it developed in its early years.

  • 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.

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New Reasons to Join

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

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