Wessex & Dart Branch

Nominated Sailings 2019

Kingswear Castle passing Kingswear Castle.

The Wessex & Dart Branch are reintroducing nominated sailings to hopefully encourage a more social aspect of the Society where members may be able to meet one another.

PS Embassy 1911 – 1967

WAVERLEY's cruise on 22 September 2016 celebrated the centenary of EMBASSY's launch as DUCHESS OF NORFOLK, back in 1911. She became a very significant ship - the last of Cosens & Co's famous "Buff Funnel Fleet', and the very last paddle steamer to be based at Bournemouth. WAVERLEY's route retraced the chief services operated by EMBASSY...

Special Notice – MV Balmoral

The Balmoral Support Group have arranged the following public meeting in Southampton. Saturday 2nd November 2013 at 11.00. The venue is the Holiday Inn, Southampton SO15 1HJ. This meeting will precede the Wessex & Dart branch, Paddle Steamer Preservation Society meeting that follows at 14.00. Members of the group will outline their future vision for...

Wessex Branch Grand Christmas Social Weekend

Roy Tait

Invitation to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society Wessex Branch Grand Christmas Social Weekend

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December 2013

At the Suncliff Hotel, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AG

All PSPS and associated societies and group members, families and friends, are invited to attend the Wessex Branch Saturday Christmas Lunch and Sunday river cruise. bargain overnight accommodation...

Paddle Steamer Waverley South Coast Sailings

South Coast sailings from 6th until 26th September 2013. For full details of all sailings visit www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk Phone 0845 130 4647 SOUTHAMPTON DEPARTURE POINT: Sail from Southampton Docks. Sept 7, 8,13,14 &15 sailing from 104 berth, dock gate 10, Western docks. Sept 20, 21 & 22 sailing from 49 berth, Eastern docks. Car Parking normally available – charges apply. ...

PS Monarch Charter

The small Paddle Steamer Monarch is due to enter service in May this year offering cruises along the river Frome from Wareham Quay. Monarch was built in 1984 and has seen service in Kent and on the Medina in the Isle of Wight. Extensive refurbishments have been carried out which involved her sponsons and paddle wheels...

PS Kingswear Castle returns to Totnes

On Thursday 7th Febuary Kingswear Castle steamed up the River Dart from Dartmouth to Totnes on a trial run. This was her first call at Totnes since 1965. Since her last visit Steamer Quay has been widened so there is now a reduced turning space to allow KC to cant before heading back down river...

Balmoral and P & O 175th Anniversary 3rd July 2012

Views of the P & O liners taken from MV Balmoral during a special cruise from Portsmouth to view the seven liners in Southampton Docks and later in the day to view the ships sailing.

MV Balmoral alongside at Portsmouth awaiting passengers

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MV Balmoral early July 2012 South Coast Visit

MV Balmoral alongside Swanage Pier

MV Balmoral departing Swanage on Monday 2nd July 2012
Alongside Yarmouth Pier Wednesday 4th July
MV Balmoral departing Yarmouth Isle of...


The Monarch has been rescued by two Wareham based enthusiasts. Plans are in hand to move her to Wareham where a full programme of restoration and improvements are planned before the steamer commences operations based at Wareham Quay. Both skilled and unskilled volunteers...

Waverley South Coast

PS Waverley approaching Swanage Bay

PS Waverley alongside Swanage Pier

PS Waverley alongside at Southampton

PS Waverley alongside at Southampton
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September 2020