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.
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.
- Branch Secretary: Gordon Wilson, 38 Merrylee Park Avenue, Giffnock, Glasgow, G46 6HR
- Contact the Scottish Branch Secretary
It will take place in Southampton on 26 October. This post gives details of changes to train and ferry travel.
Waverley's Boiler Refit Appeal has now raised over £2 million.
The Scottish Government have announced £1m funding for Waverley.
The Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust has made a donation to the PSPS for the Waverley Boiler Refit Appeal.
The trailer for the new DVD marking 60 years of the Society that saved the last of Britain's paddle steamers.
The latest Appeal news for Waverley; the total raised reaches £850,000.
To commemorate the Society's Diamond Anniversary, two new publications have been crafted to tell our story, a hardback book and a DVD.
The PSPS has made a grant of £150,000 to Waverley's Boiler Refit Appeal.
It is with deep regret that we announce the peaceful death of our Founder and President, Professor Alan Robinson on 29 August 2019, aged 99 years.
On Thursday 1st August 2019 the PSPS Scottish Branch were honoured at a Civic Reception in Glasgow City Chambers hosted by The Rt Hon The Lord Provost Councillor Eva Bolander.
Waverley Excursions today issued a press release confirming that two new boilers have been ordered for Waverley however there is still much to do.
Recapping Waverley's 1981 Re-Boilering.
A grant of £82,592 has been paid to WSN to fund more work done as a part of the 2018/2019 refit.
Unfortunately we are unable to offer a charter this Friday evening to view Queen Mary heading upriver to Glasgow.
The official launch of the £2.3m 'Save the Waverley - Boiler Refit Appeal' took place at Waverley's Glasgow berth at noon on Saturday 15th June.
Oct 26 SaturdayDunoon Boiler Refit Appeal EventQueen's HallDunoonWaverley souvenirs and postcards will be on sale throughout the day plus there is an opportunity to admire John McNulty's model of Paddle Steamers Jeanie Deans and Duchess of Hamilton. In addition, Iain Quinn will present a morning and afternoon illustrated talk on "Paddle Steamer Waverley and the Craigendoran Steamers."
Nov 14 Thursday“Paddle Steamer Waverley and the Craigendoran Steamers” – Iain QuinnThe Commodore InnHelensburghAn evening presentation supported by The Commodore Inn. Entry to the presentation costs £5 with all proceeds going to the Boiler Refit Appeal.
Nov 23 SaturdayWaverley Boiler Refit Appeal Event – InverarayThe Inveraray InnInveraraySteamer display with the opportunity to purchase Waverley souvenirs, Christmas stocking fillers and to admire John McNulty's Paddle Steamer models. Entry is free. Talk by Iain Quinn on "Inveraray Pier and Steamers" at 1.45pm, admission is £5. All proceeds go to the Boiler Refit Appeal.
Apr 17 FridayBranch AGM followed by “Slides from 1992 & 1993” – Peter ReidRenfield St Stephen's Church CentreGlasgowThe Branch AGM is followed by another entertaining presentation from Peter Reid featuring some of the slides he took in 1992 and 1993.