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.
Support the Maid of the Loch by taking a virtual cruise of the full length of Loch Lomond.
- 23rd May
45 years ago this weekend Waverley was in the midst of her first weekend in operation under Waverley Steam Navigation.
- 15th April
Bill Prynne, who died aged 94 on Saturday 11th April, was PSPS Chairman for two stints, firstly for part of 1963 and then again from 1967 to 1976.
- 10th April
Greg Beecroft shares some pictures he took of Waverley at Easter 1980.
- 9th April
The Council of Management appointed John Allen to be the Society's National Chairman on 28 March.
- 3rd April
A picture report on Waverley’s recent dry docking.
- 24th March
A further update from the DSRRB Company, which runs Kingswear Castle on our behalf, in relation to coronavirus.
- 19th March
Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company's statement relating to coronavirus.
- 14th March
Paddle steamer enthusiasts may be interested in reading about and supporting the ongoing restoration of PS Curlip II in Australia.
- 13th March
It is not just Waverley that is receiving some off-season TLC, the Waverley Excursions website has received a fresh new look.
- 12th March
An update on Waverley’s boiler refit.
- 7th March
Earlier this week a funnelless Waverley entered dry dock at Greenock.
- 1st February
The first progress report on Waverley’s boiler refit.
- 22nd January
Progress towards Waverley's return to service has visibly taken a major step forward with the removal of both her funnels.
- 22nd January
The PSPS Scottish Branch has made a £2,000 contribution towards the cost of refurbishing Maid of the Loch's forward dining saloon.