Council Summary Report – June 2020

Supporting the preservation and operation of paddle steamers Waverley and Kingswear Castle

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The PSPS Council of Management met by video conference on Saturday 20 June 2020; all but two of the trustees were in attendance.

Council noted the recent deaths of Bill Prynne and Allan Coombes and expressed condolences to their family and friends.


Kingswear Castle was to be refloated on 22 June; passenger capacity was to be reduced to about half.

Work on Waverley had been stepped up and it was thought it could be possible to operate on the Clyde later in the summer, but not practical to head south. A fund raising effort will be required to cover the cost of dry docking and other expenses next winter.

It was not certain if Maid of the Loch could reopen or, if was financially viable.


It was agreed a conventional AGM could not take place this year, and the Executive Committee would make the decision on when Branch meetings could resume. Branches could request delay or, to dispense with, AGMs for 2020..

President and Patrons

It was agreed to invite Douglas McGowan to be society president, following the death of Professor Robinson, and ask Timothy and Prunella Scales to continue as Patrons of the Society.

PSPS Collection

Progress continued to be made with cataloguing.

Other Vessels

Medway Queen had received the National Historic Ships regional flagship of the year award.

Future Meetings

Council will meet on 21 November, and the AGM, in whatever format, will be on 24 October.