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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- Contact the Branch by post: c/o Flat 2, Grosvenor House, 3 Grosvenor Road, Bournemouth, BH4 8BQ
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Sandown left Portsmouth, sailed down the Western Solent, across Poole Bay, rounded Anvil Point and St. Albans Head bound for Weymouth.
If you want a last trip on Stadt Luzern before she is withdrawn, you'll have to get your skates on.
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Having completed her season and been laid up for the winter, Bristol Queen was unexpectedly called back into service.
Hartlepool Borough Council launch a new conservation plan for Wingfield Castle.
Empress at the movies.
A statement from Paul Semple, PSPS National Chairman, on Maid of the Loch.
A statement from John Beveridge, Chairman of Loch Lomond Steamship Company, in response to the the Heritage Lottery Fund's decision not to grant funds to the Maid of the Loch.
A new DVD "Waverley on London's River" is now on sale.
PS Embassy’s last scheduled trips of the 1963 season did not quite go to plan.
A review of PS Princess Elizabeth’s 91 year career to date by PSPS member Peter Lamb.
Anyone out there want to buy a paddle steamer? The paddle steamer Monarch is up for sale at an initial asking price of £75K.
Friends of the Maritime Heritage Trust are visiting Hartlepool Maritime Museum and HMS Trincomalee 23rd on Sunday and the maritime archive and Wingfield Castle on Monday 24th September.
Kingswear Castle made her last trip of the 2018 season between Dartmouth and Totnes on 18th September.
Thank you to the Wessex Branch for supporting Waverley during her visit.
NationalPSPS Annual General Meeting 2018Principal HotelYorkNotice is hereby given that the thirty first Annual General Meeting of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society will be held in the Crown Room at the Principal Hotel, Station Road, York YO24 1AA at 1.30pm on Saturday 17th November 2018, followed by a presentation of 'Clyde Steamers in rare archive film, 1930s to 1976', by Iain Quinn.
Wessex & Dart BranchSolent Seaways – Railway owned and other Solent SteamersEast Cowes Town HallIsle of WightA talk by John Hendy.