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to foster and encourage steam boating and the building, development, preservation and restoration of steam boats and steam machinery

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Topical notes about the SBA and the world of steamboats

  • 16 Mar 2018 11:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New publications are available from the SBA



    Steamboat Register 2018


    A summary of UK owned steamboats from the SBA Register Records as of January 2018.

    A handy A5-sized book to identify UK-based boats; it gives details of owner and boat history and (for most boats) a colour photograph.  Spiral-bound, approx. 190 pages and over 400 boats.


    As announced, members of the SBA attending the AGM on 24th March may collect copies at the special AGM-price of £12, cash-on-the-day.


    Prices by post – see below how to order:

    UK £15.00

    Europe £19.50

    Rest of World £22.00



    Members’ Handbook 2018


    A list of all SBA members with contact details and names of boats owned by SBA members worldwide, drawn from the SBA membership as of January 2018.  A slim A5-sized reference book, approx. 90 pages, black & white.  This is available only to members and will not be sent to non-members.  (Replaces previous handbook dated 2012.)


    The handbook is available free to members at the AGM on 24th March.

    It is available to members-only and by post. 


    Packing and postal charges – see below how to order:

    UK £4.00

    Europe £7.50

    Rest of World £8.50



    How to order


    Email your request to  handbooks2018@steamboatassociation.co.uk   from the email address that you use as your user-name when you log in to the SBA website.   When the item(s) have been posted, you will receive a payment request through the SBA website when you next log-in.  You can then pay with a debit/credit card (through PayPal) or from a PayPal account.

    Please do not make any payment in advance (for example a PayPal transfer to any SBA email address).


    Roger Heise  - Chairman


  • 09 Mar 2018 19:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that the SBA notes the deaths in the past week of

     - Sir William McAlpine, a sometime member of the SBA and member of the Consuta Trust   

       also of

     - Ian Whatley, a current member and supporter of the SBA and sometime boiler inspector of SBAS.

    Roger Heise, Chairman

  • 17 Feb 2018 15:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    David Hubbard in Basingstoke sent in this plea for assistance:


    We need some help at the Bursledon Brickworks Museum. I am a trustee at the museums (the last steam powered bickworks in Britain) as part of the displays in the museum, we have a Stott boiler that supplied steam to a (semi) mobile steam engine driving a pug mill.  

     

    The boiler failed its pressure test and we initially stripped the boiler to investigate some thinning of the boiler wall. Unfortunately, the damage is worse than we expected and the boiler may well end up as a static museum exhibit. 


    Even if we can find the expertise to repair it will be a long job and the museum is looking for a (temporary?) replacement.  If there is anyone  in the SBA  with a Merryweather or similar boiler that they be prepared to lend or sell please let me know, David.

  • 14 Feb 2018 16:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to the continued efforts of Simon Maltby and members who have loaned back issues for digitisation, we now have a complete set of Funnels from 1 to 99 available on the site for members to browse at their leisure. Enjoy!

  • 30 Jan 2018 10:42 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you have adverts in the small ads section of the site and the boat/engine/bits have been sold, then can you please notify the webmaster@steamboatassociations.co.uk so we can delete the ad, thank you.

  • 24 Jan 2018 13:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To all members - you can register and book refreshments now online - or download paper versions of the forms - click here for the AGM Event.   Roger Heise, Chairman

  • 23 Jan 2018 20:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For members with time on their hands, there are more back issues of Funnel on-line, with gems from 1972 onwards. Enjoy!

  • 10 Jan 2018 10:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After some years of promising, and after a mammoth effort by Simon Maltby (thank you Simon) we have finally been able to publish back issues of Funnel on the web site :-)


    This (member-only) page is available here, the documents are stored as PDFs and are stored as searchable text, so you can find all those long-lost references.


    Issues 20 to 99 (1974 to 1998) are available (with a few missing Issues).


    Enjoy! 

  • 28 Nov 2017 10:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Just a note to point out that "live" links and extracts of our Facebook page and the Steamboat Forum are now added to the home page - let the editors know how much you love these changes!


    We have also been working on the adverts pages to make them neater and add some new opportunities to part with your cash.


    We are still planning to bring the back issues of the Funnel to the web site too.

  • 15 Nov 2017 09:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jim Hatfield of the VIC96 Trust informs us that they will be steaming VIC 96 and be open to visitors for mince pies and punch from 10am until 4pm on 27th December, (which is the day after Boxing Day.)


    Steam tug Barking won’t be in steam but will also be open. All are welcome. They are in No 1 Basin at Chatham just north of the Medway Tunnel and close to the Ship & Trades pub.


    John Jewsbury is also coordinating a posse from the SE Region to attend.


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