Category: Wessex & Dart Branch

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


The Monarch has been rescued by two Wareham based enthusiasts. Plans are in hand to move her to Wareham where a full programme of restoration and improvements are planned before the steamer commences operations based at Wareham Quay. Both skilled and unskilled volunteers are urgently required, if you are or you know anyone who is…
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Waverley South Coast

PS Waverley approaching Swanage Bay PS Waverley alongside Swanage Pier PS Waverley alongside at Southampton PS Waverley alongside at Southampton Crew of PS Waverley at Weymouth on 21st September 2011 All photographs by Chris Phillips Swanage

Balmoral’s visit to the South Coast

Balmoral made a short visit to the south coast sailing from Swanage and Weymouth along the Dorset Coast on Monday 8th August 2011 MV Balmoral alongside Swanage Pier MV Balmoral departing Weymouth Photographs by C. Phillips Swanage Paddle Steamer Waverley South Coast Sailings from the 2nd until 22nd September 2011  for full details go to…
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PSPS – RED FUNNEL 150 Model Exhibition

SOME OF THE MODELS EXHIBITED AT EAST COWES TOWN HALL ON Saturday 5th March PS Lord Elgin – model built by Donald Jones   PS Gracie Fields – model built by Derek Warman     PS Bournemouth Queen – model built by Donald Jones    PS Bournemouth Queen – model…
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Winter scenes at Swanage Pier

 Winter scene looking over Swanage Pier  Winter scene on Swanage Pier We look forward to the warmer days and the return of Paddle Steamer Waverley to the South Coast and Swanage Pier during September.

Hollycombe – PS Caledonia’s engine

Hollycombe Steam in the Country working steam museum home of PS Caledonia’s engine PS Caledonia’s engine is housed in a purpose built building at present it is not open to the public. Volunteers are required to clean and prepare the engine for display and steaming and this would be an ideal project for the Wessex…
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Queen Elizabeth

On Tuesday 12th October P.S.Waverley operated a special cruise from Ryde, Portsmouth and Southampton to escort the new Cunard Liner our of Southampton at the start of her Maiden Voyage. Queen Elizabeth alongside Southampton Ocean Terminal with the preserved Tug Tender Calshot                                  Waverley follows Queen Elizabeth down Southampton Water.   Queen Elizabeth viewed…
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Wessex Branch presentation to Purser Jim

After 23 seasons on the Waverley Purser Jim is retiring at the end of the season, on the final south coast sailing of the season the Wessex Branch presented him with a card and cheque and wished him a long and happy retirement. We will all miss Jim friendly face onboard in the coming seasons.                                                                                  Peter Lamb making…
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Presentation to the Don’s

A presentation was made onboard Waverley on  Wednesday 22nd September to mark the retirement the two Don’s, Don Drayton and Don Thompson. For many years they have organised the daily raffles for the Wessex Branch onboard Waverley and Balmoral on the south coast raising many thousands of pounds.                                                                             Peter Tambling, Don Thompson and Don…
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Waverley commemorates the 70th anniversary of Dunkirk

On Wednesday 8th September in the Western Solent paddle steamer Waverley stopped to commemorate the part played by her predecessor HMS Waverley during Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Allied Forces from the beaches of Dunkirk 70 years ago. The present Waverley was built in 1947 to replace HMS Waverley which was lost at Dunkirk. One of our…
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Waverley departing Swanage on 9th September 2010

Views of Paddle Steamer Waverley departing from Swanage Pier on Thursday 9th September 2010 Photographs by Chris Phillips of Swanage

Wessex Branch Display and Publicity Unit

Visit the display of Paddle Steamer models including PS Waverley and PS Freshwater  plus a large display of paddle steamer photographs and handbills Full details of Waverley and Balmoral’s sailings in all areas available also Great Dorset Steam Fair information and advance ticket sales July 23rd, 24th & 25th – Netley Marsh Steam & Craft…
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Welcome to the Wessex Branch Blog

Greetings from the Wessex Branch of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.