Author: Martin Longhurst+

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

Changes at the Top

The PSPS Chairman will step down to take up the position of General Manager of Waverley Excursions Ltd.

Kingswear Castle 2019 Timetable published

The Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company has published the Paddle Steamer’s timetable for 2019. The season runs from 25 May to 30 September.

Statement Issued by Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.

A statement issued by Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.

Festive Cruise 2018 Report

A picture report on the 2018 Festive Cruise.

2018 National AGM – Draft minutes published

The minutes of the meeting, which was held in York on 24 November 2018, have now been published.

Waverley to Girvan and Ailsa Craig

A picture report on Waverley’s sailing on Monday 20th August.

Waverley’s Financial Performance 2016/17

Graham Shankland, Finance Director and accountant to Waverley Steam Navigation and Waverley Excursions Ltd, has once again prepared a summary financial statement for the last financial year.

By Kingswear Castle to Totnes

A pictorial review by Martin Longhurst of one of Kingswear Castle’s relatively rare return trips between Dartmouth and Totnes.

Waverley for Summer Cruising

A picture summary of Waverley’s early Clyde summer season 2018.

Waverley to Sanda

A picture review of Waverley’s cruise from Glasgow to Sanda on Sunday 24th June.

PSPS to Support Maid of the Loch’s Return to Steam

PSPS pledges £50,000 to Maid of the Loch to help return the Paddle Steamer to service on Loch Lomond.

PS Waverley & Dunkirk – In the Words of Captain John E Cameron DSC

An interview with Waverley’s first Master, Captain John E Cameron DSC., where he describes the sinking of the 1899 Waverley at Dunkirk in May 1940.

Kingswear Castle’s 2018 Timetable

The Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company has just published its Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle timetable for 2018.

Revised Bristol Channel Branch Meetings Programme

The Bristol Channel Branch are pleased to announce three new meetings in their area, together with one change, over the next four months.

National AGM Minutes published

The Draft Minutes of the 30th Annual General Meeting have been published on this web site.

PSPS Council Changes

PSPS National Secretary John Anderson stood down on 25 November 2017 after nearly 40 years in the role.

Paul Semple – Meet the New Chairman

Paul Semple has been appointed as PSPS National Chairman.

New PSPS YouTube Channel ft. Jeanie Deans

Click the link for our new YouTube Channel which now has a feature on PS Jeanie Deans.

Waverley’s Final Call at Brodick Old Pier

Thursday 24 August 2017 saw Waverley’s final call at Brodick Old Pier. Waverley will use Brodick’s new pier from the start of the 2018 season.

Waverley Scottish Summer Season 2017

A look back at Waverley’s 2017 summer season in pictures.

Kingswear Castle Returns to Service

After completion of the major work on her engine during this refit, Kingswear Castle ran trials on the Dart under the command of John Megoran on Wednesday 28 June.

Kingswear Castle’s Return to Service Delayed

Work to rebuild Kingswear Castle’s engine with the repaired cylinder is taking longer than expected and her return to service will not be until approximately week commencing 19 June.

Repairs to Kingswear Castle’s Low Pressure Cylinder

A tiny crack previously repaired on the casting of Kingswear Castle’s low pressure cylinder re-appeared last season. It was decided to start on a rebuild of KC’s engine.

All Paddle Steamer Waverley Timetables Announced

Waverley Excursions have announced the 2017 timetables for Scotland (Spring & Western Isles), Liverpool & Llandudno, South Coast and the Thames.

Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle 2017 Timetable Published

The Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company has just published the 2017 timetable for the Society’s coal-fired river paddler, Kingswear Castle.

Douglas McGowan MBE

Warmest congratulations to PSPS Vice President Douglas McGowan on the award of an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List ‘for services to PS Waverley and to charity.’

Society News

Brief update on the Annual General Meeting held aboard P.S. Maid of the Loch on 19th November.

A Trip on the Thames

On 30 September our Scottish Branch Secretary Gordon Wilson travelled to London to sample Waverley ‘down south’, sailing between London Tower Pier, Gravesend and Southend.

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…
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Steam Tug Daniel Adamson Nears Service

John Megoran, Captain of the P.S. Kingswear Castle for 27 years, has submitted a few pictures of the Daniel Adamson, which he took back in May whilst in Liverpool.