Britain’s Last Paddle Steamers & the People Who Saved Them


A broadcast quality documentary film exploring how the few remaining paddle steamers left in the UK were saved. Features the UK’s key surviving paddlers, original interviews with people who helped shape Britain’s maritime history and compelling footage from the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society’s extensive film archive. Released September 2019, £14.95. Full description below.

Also available to watch On Demand


When Prof. Alan Robinson initiated the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society in 1959, few could have imagined it would become the largest steamship preservation group in the UK. The PSPS went on to save Britain’s last surviving paddle steamers and against the odds, a little of our past has been preserved for generations to come.

This broadcast quality film looks at the huge achievements of the PSPS over the decades and the challenges faced along the way. It features original interviews with people who helped shape Britain’s maritime history, along with contemporary footage of Britain’s key surviving paddle steamers: Waverley, Kingswear Castle, Medway Queen and Maid of the Loch.

Now, with the help of the PSPS’s own extensive archive, we can tell the story of Britain’s last paddle steamers and the people who saved them.

Written & Narrated by David Ellery. Duration approximately 55 minutes. £14.95

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