The Wessex & Dart Branch is proud to represent the area where the Society was originally founded in 1959. It was while sailing on PS Freshwater between Lymington and Yarmouth that Professor Alan Robinson conceived the idea of the PSPS. We welcome PS Waverley to our area each September. In 2013 we encompassed the River Dart into our area in recognition of the paddle steamer Kingswear Castle being returned to her home waters after a number of years away. The branch organises a series of outings each summer and also a programme of winter meetings between each October and April which are shared between Bournemouth, Southampton, East Cowes and Dartmouth. These are open to members and non members alike and all are assured of a warm welcome.
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A picture report on Waverley’s recent dry docking.
A further update from the DSRRB Company, which runs Kingswear Castle on our behalf, in relation to coronavirus.
Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company's statement relating to coronavirus.
Paddle steamer enthusiasts may be interested in reading about and supporting the ongoing restoration of PS Curlip II in Australia.
It is not just Waverley that is receiving some off-season TLC, the Waverley Excursions website has received a fresh new look.
An update on Waverley’s boiler refit.
Earlier this week a funnelless Waverley entered dry dock at Greenock.
The first progress report on Waverley’s boiler refit.
Progress towards Waverley's return to service has visibly taken a major step forward with the removal of both her funnels.
On Tuesday 14th January Waverley was towed from her berth in Glasgow downriver to Dales Marine Services shipyard in Greenock in preparation for her £2.3 million boiler refit.
A look back to Waverley's re-boilering in 2000 to consider what is to come in 2020.
Hamish is now settling in to his new home having raised £251 towards the Waverley Boiler Refit Appeal.
The fundraising appeal to save Waverley has reached its £2.3 million target after just seven months.
Paddle Steamer Waverley is now registered for both Amazon Smile and Easyfundraising. So whilst you shop online you can also raise money for Waverley.
A progress update from Waverley Excursions Ltd. on the manufacture of Waverley's two new boilers.
- There are no branch events scheduled.