Wessex & Dart Branch

P.S. 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

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

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

Balmoral’s visit to the South Coast

Balmoral made a short visit to the south coast sailing from Swanage and Weymouth
along the Dorset Coast on Monday 8th August 2011
MV Balmoral alongside Swanage Pier

MV Balmoral departing Weymouth
Photographs by C. Phillips Swanage

Paddle Steamer Waverley South...

Winter scenes at Swanage Pier

Winter scene looking over Swanage Pier

Winter scene on Swanage Pier
We look forward to the warmer days and the return of Paddle Steamer Waverley to the South Coast and Swanage Pier during September.

Queen Elizabeth

On Tuesday 12th October P.S.Waverley operated a special cruise from Ryde, Portsmouth and Southampton to escort the new Cunard Liner our of Southampton at the start of her Maiden Voyage.
Queen Elizabeth alongside Southampton Ocean Terminal with the preserved Tug Tender Calshot

Wessex Branch presentation to Purser Jim

After 23 seasons on the Waverley Purser Jim is retiring at the end of the season, on the final south coast sailing of the season the Wessex Branch presented him with a card and cheque and wished him a long and happy retirement.
We will all miss Jim friendly face onboard in the coming seasons. 

Presentation to the Don’s

A presentation was made onboard Waverley on  Wednesday 22nd September to mark the retirement the two Don's, Don Drayton and Don Thompson. For many years they have organised the daily raffles for the Wessex Branch onboard Waverley and Balmoral on the south coast raising many thousands of pounds.

Waverley commemorates the 70th anniversary of Dunkirk

On Wednesday 8th September in the Western Solent paddle steamer Waverley stopped to commemorate the part played by her predecessor HMS Waverley during Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Allied Forces from the beaches of Dunkirk 70 years ago.

The present Waverley was built in 1947 to replace...

New Reasons to Join

Waverley Excursions Ltd. has kindly offered concessions for Waverley sailings to PSPS members. Read more here.

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