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Paddle Steamer Preservation Society

The PADDLE STEAMER PRESERVATION SOCIETY (PSPS) is Britain’s longest established, largest and most successful steamship preservation group.
As a registered charity founded in 1959, the Society has over 3,000 members across the UK and overseas. Through associated charitable companies it operates the only two working paddle steamers in Great Britain. Without the PSPS there would no longer be the opportunity to sail on a Paddle Steamer in Great Britain.

The Society's aims are:

  • To preserve paddle steamers in sailing condition.
    The Society’s two paddle steamers are listed in the National Historic Fleet (NHF) as being of pre-eminent national significance and have benefited from grants received from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
    The Society also supports other paddle steamer projects including Maid of the Loch and Medway Queen.
  • To educate the public in the historic significance of paddle steamers in the Nation’s maritime and industrial heritage.
    In 2011 Waverley was presented with an Engineering Heritage Award by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
  • To acquire, preserve and exhibit a collection of equipment and material associated with paddle steamers.
    The PSPS Collection with over 44,000 fascinating objects including posters,souvenirs, paintings and fittings represents the UK’s largest and finest collection of paddle steamer heritage material. The collection continues to grow with further donations welcomed.
    Further details about our collection can be found online at www.heritagesteamers.co.uk

The society's two Paddle Steamers are:

  • Kingswear Castle - more information here
  • Waverley - more information here

 

Membership Information

Membership of the Society offers you: ·

  • SPECIAL HOSPITALITY CRUISES
    These are organised by the Society's local branches and provide an opportunity to meet other members and visit the ship's Bridge and Engine Room
  • QUARTERLY MAGAZINE
    The Society's journal 'Paddle Wheels' is sent free to members and keeps members up to date with our news and contains articles and photographs of world wide current and historic interest
  • REGULAR LOCAL MEETINGS
    Meetings are held throughout the country by local Branches
  • OPPORTUNITIES TO PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN SHIP PRESERVATION
    Both skilled and unskilled voluntary work are essential for the continuing operation of the Society's ships.

 

Subscriptions

Full £20
Husband and Wife £28
Life £380
Junior (8 - 18) £14
Senior Citizen £14
Senior Citizen and Spouse £22

 

Address

  • Paddle Steamer Preservation Society
  • Membership Secretary
  • 11 Robin Hill
  • Godalming
  • GU7 2HL
  • Surrey

Contact

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