About the PSPS Collection

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

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The Paddle Steamer Archive Collection is administered by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society and forms the largest and most complete archive of material relating to paddle and pleasure steamers in the UK.

The Collection contains over 50,000 items relating to the development of the paddle and pleasure steamers that plied the coasts of the UK from the 1850’s to the present day.

It comprises of written, printed, photographic and digital records as well as physical artefacts.

The aim of the archive is to educate the public in the historical significance of paddle steamers in the Nations maritime and industrial heritage.

Although the archive is not open for public viewing some items from the Collection can be viewed at:

A small selection of Waverley handbills held in the PSPS Collection.

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Photographs, Film and Video


Posters, Handbills & Timetables

Physical Artefacts and Ephemera