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Topical notes about the SBA and the world of steamboats

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  • 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

    https://www.medwayqueen.co.uk/news/volunteers-return

     

    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 prior to 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 helensteeple@aol.com asap with your name, number attending and name of boat if applicable.

    Thank you


  • 08 Jun 2020 16:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PS Medway Queen has been appointed 'South East Regional Flagship' for 2020 by the National Historic Ships UK and SS Explorer as the Regional Flagship for her area.

    Congratulations to them both.

  • 28 May 2020 11:47 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Medway Queen has a new website feature, a sponsored blog. Each day until 5th June it will be updated with details of that day in 1940

    www.medwayqueen.co.uk/news/dunkirk-day-by-day


    They also have a history in minature page and a virtual tour.


    www.medwayqueen.co.uk/history-in-miniature.html

    www.medwayqueen.co.uk/virtual-tour.html

  • 12 May 2020 12:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ian Rutter writes:  


    SL Alaska is in trouble with this year’s season a wipe out because of Covid-19.

    Peter Green the owner and skipper has set up a Go Fund Me page for donations to keep the vessel in steam. She was built in 1883 at Bourne End and is part of the National Historic Fleet. The first propeller driven boat on the River Thames, originally operated by Salters Steamers and where she still plies her trade as the oldest working passenger steamer. To have the boiler permanently go cold would be tragic.


    Details on their website   www.thames-steamers.co.uk   where there is a link and details for donations.

     

    Ian adds: I  have many happy memories of trips when I was the engineer onboard with Derek Brown the skipper. We would often give SBA members a trip for a nominal amount when repositioning after a charter.  Perhaps the SBA Membership can help SL Alaska in return.


    Note from editor: the donation link on SL Alaska's webpage may not render correctly on all browsers.  You can go to the donate page directly from here.

  • 20 Apr 2020 10:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The SBA has teamed up with BESST (The Boiler and Engineering Skills Training Trust) to produce some training modules.

    These Marine Steam Modules have been prepared by a group of experienced marine engineers and experts from the Steam Boat Association, BESTT and Maritime Heritage Trust including Bob Garnett, John Megoran, Mark Rudall, Kevin Slater and Rob van Es who co-ordinated and edited the work. The work is part of the BESTT National Lottery Heritage Fund "Skills for the Future" project to extend syllabus based steam heritage engineering training, whose first marine trainee has recently started at the Windermere Jetty Museum. The modules are aimed at trainees and other new entrants to these topics and don't aim to offer a comprehensive account - references to textbooks and other sources are provided.  The modules will, however, be of real interest to any steamboater; read them at  www.bestt.org.uk/training_plan. 

    These syllabus modules are published in draft and comment is welcome. Please forward any comments to: enquiries@bestt.org.uk

  • 26 Mar 2020 09:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories is closed until further notice and all boats are requested not to call at their jetties.

  • 22 Mar 2020 22:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good morning gentlemen, in line with Government policy I am suspending

    all activity on Banjo until further notice. The  virus is not far away
    now, I do not fancy playing corona roulette! I shall keep an eye on
    Banjo and rectify a couple of minor faults, and ponder a modification

    or two. Good luck to all, see you later. Captn. Banjo.


    We trust that all other musical members of the SBA will do likewise ...

  • 17 Mar 2020 22:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings to all SBA members. I’m in an unusual situation in having very little material for the next ‘Funnel’ – in fact no articles at all have arrived thus far, just a few ‘possibilities’ mentioned. This has never happened before!

    I’m writing this as the implications of the Covid-19 crisis are making themselves felt with a vengeance and one result is that lots of us – including me – are being advised to self isolate.  Can I ask that if you have a story to tell, please let me have it within the next couple of week.  It would be very much appreciated and would enable us to have a Summer edition.


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