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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A report on the Kingswear Castle evening fundraising cruise on Saturday 28th July.
Paddle Steamer Neuchâtel - the steamer that waited 45 years and cost £8 million to be returned to passenger service in 2014.
PSPS membership subscriptions are now due for those members who pay annually.
Graham Shankland, Finance Director and accountant to Waverley Steam Navigation and Waverley Excursions Ltd, has once again prepared a summary financial statement for the last financial year.
A pictorial review by Martin Longhurst of one of Kingswear Castle's relatively rare return trips between Dartmouth and Totnes.
John Megoran, in his August 'Pictures of the Month' feature, takes a look at the paddler Diessen on the Ammersee near Munich.
A review of a recent visit to Dresden by Captain John Megoran.
The Summer issue of Paddle Wheels is now available to non-members.
Kingswear Castle skipper Richie Swinglehurst will speak to the Wessex and Dart Branch on Saturday 13th October.
Check out Europe's latest paddler Herrsching built as recently as 2002.
The 16th June 2018 marks 71 years since Waverley's maiden voyage.
Some pictures of one of the 'Rocket' steamers still operating in Bangladesh.
Richard Clammer reports on his first sailing of the season aboard Kingswear Castle.
PS Monarch was recently chartered to the Wessex & Dart Branch for a trip from Wareham.
Kingswear Castle enjoys a sunny sail down the Dart last weekend.
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.