Category: National

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

PS Compton Castle Engine Acquired

We are pleased to report that the engine and some related machinery from PS Compton Castle have been acquired by our associated charity Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust Ltd

Grand Prize Draw Winners 2014

The draw took place on 25 October at the Society’s AGM at Chatham and was made by David Bassett, Chairman of the MV Balmoral Fund.

“Holiday of my Lifetime” Featuring Waverley

Len Goodman’s “Holiday of my Lifetime” on BBC One this Thursday features Waverley prominently.

CRSC Ship Talk – Kathleen O’Neill

The last in the present series of encounters with West of Scotland shipping personalities has been published on the Clyde River Steamer Club website and features Kathleen O’Neill.

Chairman’s Message; Waverley – Financial Performance 2012/13

In the spirit of openness we are all encouraging, Graham Shankland, accountant to WSN and WEL, has prepared a summary financial statement for this and the two previous years.

MV Balmoral at the 2014 Bristol Harbour Festival

Geoff Hale has shot and produced this excellent video of Balmoral’s preparation and participation at the Bristol Harbour Festival.

CRSC Ship Talk – Andy O’Brian

The first in an occasional series of encounters with West of Scotland shipping personalities has been published on the Clyde River Steamer Club website and features Captain O’Brian.

Paddle Wheels on the Elbe – The Video

Richard Coton has produced this 16 minute video to accompany his “Paddle Wheels on the Elbe” article in the Summer 2014 edition of “Paddle Wheels”.

“Paddle Wheels” Issue 216 – Out Now!

The Summer 2014 issue of “Paddle Wheels” has been posted to all PSPS members. Click through to see a list of the interesting features in this edition.

News for Members

Waverley Companies: Some Changes and Chief Executive Appointment: PSPS Chairman Explains.

Waverley to the Western Isles 2014

Martin Longhurst has written an account of Waverley’s first Clyde weekend and the Western Isles sailings.

MV Balmoral – The Voyage Home

Geoff Hale has produced another first class video documenting Balmoral’s return journey from Sharpness to Bristol on 7th and 8th May.

Waverley – Western Isles 2014

A short photographic and video record of Waverley’s eight days of cruising around the Western Isles of Scotland.

Balmoral – Sailing & Arrival Times Now Confirmed

Balmoral will leave Sharpness Dry Dock on Saturday morning, berth at Avonmouth overnight before sailing up the River Avon on Sunday.

Power Wash for Balmoral

Work contiunes on Balmoral in Sharpness dry dock with a full power wash of the underwater hull.

Progress at Sharpness

Great progress has been made on Balmoral with some replating now being carried out.

Waverley – First Sailing of 2014

Waverley departed Pacific Quay at 10am this morning with a good number on board, bursting with anticipation and eager to enjoy her first sailing of the 2014 season to Rothesay.

Kingswear Castle Presented With IMechE Award

Earlier today the Institution of Mechanical Engineers presented Kingswear Castle with an Engineering Heritage Award as a mark of her unique place in British maritime history.

MV Balmoral – Bristol to Sharpness

Geoff Hale has produced another excellent Balmoral video documenting her journey on 13th May from Bristol to Sharpness.

Balmoral Arrives at Sharpness

MV Balmoral departed Bristol early on Monday 12th May bound for dry dock at Sharpness. She is now in dry dock where a full inspection of her hull can be carried out. To help ensure that she sails again please donate online now.

MV Balmoral Sails At Last

The following press release was issued today by MV Balmoral Fund Ltd. detailing Balmoral’s departure from Bristol on Tuesday 13th May to Avonmouth and dry dock at Sharpness.

PS Medway Queen Open Day

On Saturday 26th April an open day was held in celebration of the Medway Queen’s 90th birthday. Martin Longhurst has shared some some interesting photographs of this event.

Appointment of WEL Chief Executive

Members may like to know the arrangements for appointing a replacement for Waverley Excursion’s Chief Executive, This gives anyone who has a serious interest and the qualifications for the role the opportunity to consider an application.

2014 Waverley Western Isles and Clyde Timetables

The completed Clyde and Western Isles timetables for Waverley have now been published. There are some unique sailings on offer this year and tickets are now available.

“Paddle Wheels” Issue 215 – Out Now!

The Spring 2014 issue of “Paddle Wheels” has been posted to all PSPS members. Click through to see a list of the interesting features in this edition.

Balmoral Volunteers at Work

This video shows volunteers at work aboard Balmoral at her berth in Bristol City Docks on Tuesday 18th March 2014.

Waverley 1975 Documentary Film

The room was packed for the March meeting of the Scottish Branch during which the three presenters looked back at 40 years of Waverley Steam Navigation Company.

Outcome of General Meeting 22 March 2014

At the General Meeting of the Society held on 22 March, the following resolution was passed as set out in the Notice sent with “Paddle Wheels”

Balmoral Latest News

Preparations are now well underway for MV Balmoral to at last leave her berth in Bristol City Docks for the Sharpness Dry Dock.

Kingswear Castle’s Refit 2013-14

Kingswear Castle is the Society’s coal fired river paddle steamer now on extended charter to the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company and used on summer excursions from Dartmouth and Totnes on the River Dart in South Devon.