The following pictures were all taken on Saturday 17th November of Balmoral at her winter berth at Princes Wharf in Bristol City Docks. She is berthed adjacent to the M Shed. M Shed is a museum dedicated to the story of Bristol and the people that made the city. M Shed website link is found here.
Balmoral arrived back at Princes Wharf on Tuesday 6th November having been initally laid up in Avonmouth Docks since she finished her sailing season in mid September.
The following poster contains details of the forthcoming Blairmore Pier Fundraiser event to be held on Sunday 18th November.
The next meeting of the Scottish Branch will be on Friday 16th November when Graham Mackenzie, MD of The Solent Steam Packet Limited, gives an illustrated talk on the history and preservation of the former Glasgow Corporation sludge vessel S.S. Shieldhall. The meeting starts at 7.30 p.m. at Renfield St. Stephen's Church Centre, 260 Bath Street Glasgow.
Full £23 Couple £32 Life £450 Joint Life £630 Junior (8-18) only £10 (D.O.B reqd) Senior Citizen £16 Senior Citizen and Spouse £25
The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) is Britain's longest established, largest and most successful steamship preservation group. A registered charity founded in 1959, we have over 3000 members and through our associated charitable companies we operate the only two working paddle steamers in Great Britain. Without the PSPS there would no longer be the opportunity to sail on a Paddle Steamer in Great Britain.
Our aims i) to preserve paddle steamers in sailing condition ii) to educate the public in the historic significance of paddle steamers in the Nation's maritime and industrial heritage iii) to acquire, preserve and exhibit a collection of equipment and material associated with paddle steamers.
Flagship of our fleet is Waverley the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Built in 1947 Waverley was gifted to the Society for just £1. As well as operating on her native Clyde each summer she visits other coastal areas around the UK during the spring and autumn each year.
Kingswear Castle is Britain's only operational coal-fired paddle steamer. Built in 1924 to sail on the River Dart she was purchased by the Society in 1967. From 1985 until 2012 she sailed the Thames and Medway. In 2013 Kingswear Castle returned to the Dart where she now operates public sailings during the summer season.
The society is composed of five branches: Scottish, London & Home Counties, Bristol Channel, Wessex & Dart and North England - all of which help raise money to keep our paddle steamers sailing.
The Scottish Branch
The Scottish Branch was formed in 1969 by Douglas McGowan, now our Honorary Branch President. In November 1973 Douglas was invited to attend a meeting with CalMac which resulted in Paddle Steamer Waverley being gifted to the PSPS for £1! It was then on 8th August 1974 that the PSPS took ownership of the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world and her second career in preservation had begun. Since 1974 the Scottish Branch has been directly linked to supporting Waverley.
The Scottish Branch is proud of its achievements. We are an active and forward thinking branch with a thriving membership of over 800 - we are proud to be the branch which secured an operational future for Waverley. Our members are regularly involved with voluntary work which helps ensure Waverley continues to sail. During the summer sailing season we help raise funds through the Society's Grand Draw and our annual fundraising cruise on Waverley. The Branch meets in Glasgow each month during the non-sailing season (October - April) and we extend an invitation to join the Society and indeed join the Scottish Branch.