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.
- Contact the Branch by post: c/o Flat 2, Grosvenor House, 3 Grosvenor Road, Bournemouth, BH4 8BQ
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Waverley's first South Coast sailings in 1978 were captured on film and can now be seen on the PSPS YouTube channel.
PSPS pledges £50,000 to Maid of the Loch to help return the Paddle Steamer to service on Loch Lomond.
An interview with Waverley's first Master, Captain John E Cameron D.S.C., where he describes the sinking of the 1899 Waverley at Dunkirk in May 1940.
Waverley's first journey to the South Coast - April 1978. ...
The Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company has just published its Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle timetable for 2018.
2018 marks 40 years since Waverley's first visit to the South Coast and Thames in 1978.
The new look Paddle Wheels magazine has now been published. Complimentary copies are now available.
It has been announced that MV Balmoral will not be operating in 2018.
The Draft Minutes of the 30th Annual General Meeting have been published on this web site.
PSPS National Secretary John Anderson stood down on 25 November 2017 after nearly 40 years in the role.
Paul Semple has been appointed as PSPS National Chairman.
Vic Emery OBE has been appointed as Chairman of Waverley Excursions Ltd.
The PSPS AGM is on Saturday 18th November in Cardiff. Following the AGM John Megoran will give a presentation marking 50 years since Kingswear Castle was purchased by the Society.
National Newsletter published to all members.
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