“Steamboatin’ USA” – John Allen


We apologise that we have had to change our programme. Paul Semple has reluctantly had to postpone his intended presentation to devote all his efforts to returning Waverley to service. As members will appreciate an online presentation takes some time to prepare.

However, John Allen has kindly stepped into the breach and has adapted his acclaimed “Steamboatin’ USA” presentation for the small screen.

The USA is known for its stern wheel paddle steamers, but there is much more of shipping and transport interest, and this talk will also feature a floating steam ‘tram’, an Edwardian Clyde-built liner, and a coal-fired car ferry, amongst others.

This virtual meeting is hosted by the Bristol Channel Branch and will be streamed live on the PSPS YouTube channel here. Alternatively, use your favourite search engine to search for “PSPS YouTube”.

The start time is 7.30pm BST (1830 GMT/UTC) and the meeting is open to everyone worldwide.

John’s presentation will also be available afterwards on the PSPS YouTube channel. In the meantime why not visit the channel and enjoy some of the many videos available, including our earlier online presentations.

Your Email Address?

At present we have email addresses for approximately 70% of our members, so if you have not yet advised us of your email address, please email the details to membership@paddlesteamers.org if you wish to participate in our virtual events. Apologies that those without internet access will miss out, but hopefully face-to-face meetings will return in the Winter of 2021.