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.
Join the PSPS today and enjoy the many benefits of the Society by clicking here. If you have any questions about the Wessex & Dart Branch please feel free to contact the Branch Secretary below.
- Branch Secretary: Andrew Munn, Vadne, 12 Greenway, Binstead, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 3SD
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On Easter Sunday, 4th April 2021, Paddle Steamer Firecrest had her first proper paddle down the water in over 42 years.
- 24th March 2021
Kingswear Castle up on the slipway getting ready for the 2021 season.
- 24th March 2021
The Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust has a new website.
- 6th March 2021
Watch again Peter Lamb's online presentation "Punching the Tide".
- 16th February 2021
Watch again the first PSPS online presentation entitled "Waverley - Achieving 2020 and Beyond".
- 7th February 2021
We are delighted to announce the details for our first ever online live presentation which will take place on Friday 12th February at 7:30pm GMT/UTC.
- 2nd February 2021
UK built PS Waimarie is New Zealand's only operational coal fired paddle steamer.
- 27th January 2021
Waverley Excursions today issued an update on Waverley's COVID-19 Relief Appeal.
- 16th January 2021
Images of PS Freshwater - the paddle steamer directly linked to the birth of the PSPS.
- 1st January 2021
Following on from the recent Waverley 1981 re-boilering article, two short videos of the 2020 re-boilering have been released featuring previously unseen still images and footage.
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