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Topical notes about the SBA and the world of steamboats

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  • 10 Nov 2020 18:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Filming for programs for next year’s Antiques Show has taken place at two venues connected with the SBA.

    Filming took place on board PS Medway Queen on Monday 10th August with a visit from STV, to film for a future episode of The Antiques Road Trip, with presenter James Braxton. James Braxton and the film crew arrived at 14.45pm and after a quick COVID and Ship briefing they set about their task. The Volunteers were filmed carrying out a variety of activities and we expect this to be about a five minute clip within a future episode.

    And on the 29th and 30th September the whole of the program was filmed at the Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories starting with presenter Fiona Bruce appearing out of the mist on Windermere on SL Osprey. Six of the steamboats based on Windermere were in attendance moored on the jetties to provide a backdrop for the filming and were also filmed steaming around in the area and accompanying SL Osprey on one of her scheduled trips. Unfortunately boats were only able to be present on the Tuesday when Windermere decided to be at her most glorious but on the Wednesday she did her worst, and it was literally a wash out.

  • 10 Nov 2020 18:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Regional  Flag ship Medway Queen was appointed “South East Regional Flagship for 2020” by National Historic Ships UK earlier this year so, on the same day as the AGM, and following a regular Board meeting, the pennant was ceremonially hoisted on PS Medway Queen by our President, The Rt. Hon. the Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC , in the presence of the Mayor of Medway, Cllr. Habib Tejan . This was a much lower key event than we would have liked due to current restrictions, but we were able to include the local media. The guests arrived exactly on time, the weather cooperated (for a change) and a small party proceeded on board. The tide was rising and the NHS- UK ensign flew proudly at the stern of the ship. The TV crew, from ITV Meridian, were ready and Lord West hoisted the Flagship pennant on the jack staff at the bow and pulled the lanyard to unfurl it. Camera s clicked and whirred and we all breath e d a sigh of relief! Lord West said a few words and then he and Mayor Tejan were conduct ed round the ship by Pam Bathurst, MQPS Members hip Secreta ry. They inspected the refurbished Aft Saloon and the Engine room before proceeding back to the Visitor Centre for tea and biscuits. All masked and distance d as necessary of course.

    Pictures are in the gallery. Media, Members Photos, Misc.

  • 05 Oct 2020 19:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The usual quarterly report will be out sometime next month but there’s a lot happening at present so I have put an update on the news pages of our website:


    You might also find this new page interesting:


  • 30 Aug 2020 12:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    " Readers of The Funnel may well have noted that the invitation to attend the SBA 50th Anniversary Event to be held on Windermere in 2021 inadvertently shows a slight confusion of dates.

    After much discussion and considering various concerns, the Chairman and Sub-committee have agreed that the Rally will start on Monday 2nd August 2021 and build toward the celebratory weekend.

    To clarify - the 50th Rally will commence from Monday 2nd August with a full programme of events followed seamlessly by, from Friday 6th August, the 50th Anniversary Celebrations including the Gala dinner.

    This offers a logical flow of events organised by the team headed by Helen Steeple, stream-lining all the administration and planning.

    The Windermere community and our particular friends at The Jetty are greatly looking forward to joining with us for what promises to be a unique event and we WILL BE SHORTLY in a position to send out formal details to all interested parties.”

  • 24 Aug 2020 17:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This event has been resurrected as a Social Distancing Event on the revised date of Saturday 12th September 2020. Edwardian/Victorian attire if possible but the afternoon tea will be bring/buy your own this year. Arrive at the Jetty midday onwards to get up steam to accompany Osprey on her final steam of the day around 4pm. If interested please contact Dot Bullough so enough Jetty space can be reserved. Hopefully next year Shamrock will be able again to host the Afternoon Tea.

  • 24 Aug 2020 17:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Windermere Jetty is again open for business and can be accessed from the water. There are clearly marked Public Jetties

  • 24 Aug 2020 17:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Their quarterly report and a picture of their new wheelhouse are on their website.

  • 10 Jul 2020 13:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week see the return of our workshop volunteer team to restart restoration work on Medway Queen under the working constrictions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic.


    Full story here


    I very much hope that there will be further news regarding restoration and maintenance of the ship in the very near future and, of course, we are working towards a public reopening and the resumption of ship tours. More on that as soon as we can.


    We have also identified a need for more volunteers to organise, raise funds and administer these activities. In some ways less exciting that dealing with the fabric of the ship herself but equally important and rewarding in their own way. If we are to “bounce back” from the recent setback we need more fingers on keyboards whether as trustees or volunteer helpers. Anything you can do to help in that search would be appreciated.

  • 14 Jun 2020 17:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Film of steamboats at the Dartmouth Regatta last year should be on Channel 4 Monday 15th June at 8.00pm. Program 'Devon and Cornwall' S2 2

  • 12 Jun 2020 09:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Next year will be the 50th Anniversary of the Steam Boat Association of Great Britain.

    A weekend of celebrations is proposed for the 6/7/8th August 2021 to be based at Brathay Hall Windermere. Our goal is for 50 boats!

    This will be immediately following Windermere Week so participants travelling long distances can stay on and make their journey worthwhile.

    Further details will be available when we can better contact people after lock-down, but to enable us to confirm initial arrangements and costing it would be an asset if we could have some idea of preliminary numbers.

    If you are interested (no commitment) please contact Helen Steeple on asap with your name, number attending and name of boat if applicable.

    Thank you

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