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Topical notes and archive about the SBA and the world of steamboats

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  • 20 Nov 2023 10:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to cancellation there are a few places available for the Christmas Social at Windermere Jetty Museum on Wednesday 6th December 2023. The cost of the meal is £25 and anyone interested should contact Dot Bullough by Wednesday 22nd November.

  • 09 Nov 2023 15:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Go to the IWA website ( using the link below to learn about progress with the IWA's campaign to ensure funding for Britain's waterways. 

  • 19 Oct 2023 15:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Julian Garratt, has informed SBAS that he wishes to resign his post as Chairman of the Company and as a Member of the Company. This request has been accepted by the Management team and Directors of the Company.

    The Directors and Management Team recorded their considerable thanks and appreciation for Julian's work for the SBAS over many years, both as Chairman and as Boiler Design Library Librarian.

    Furthermore, the company is please to announce that Nigel Thomson has agreed to stand (and was subsequently elected) as the new Chair for SBA Services Limited, and as a Director of the Company.

    Lastly, it has come to our attention that people may not be aware that SBAS no-longer sells the CD of the Boiler Design Library, but has instead provided all this information free of charge (including new boilers designed by John King) via it's web pages on the SBA Site. Please review these as they also include castings and drawings of engines and hulls for sale.

    ·        Boiler Inspection and Testing Services 

    ·        Boiler Design Library

    ·        Hull Drawing Library

    ·        Castings for steamboats

    ·        Castings and drawings for steam engines

  • 12 Oct 2023 16:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are proposing to run an Event at the Anderton Boat Lift, Cheshire alongside the existing Steam Rally on the 11th /12th May 2024. This is still in the planning stages but we would be grateful if anyone interested in bringing a boat would complete the 'interest' registration form on the Events Page of the Website. There may be a limit to the number of boats that can attend but at this stage registration of interest is open to any number but please could you register before the end of this month.

    Chris A, Daniel H, Dot B

  • 04 Aug 2023 08:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    See set out below an important message received from the Inland Waterways Association. This campaign and the petition are backed by the committee of the SBA.

    Note: Here is the link to the petition - 

    Copy this link into your browser or go to the IWA website to find the link there under 'Fund Britain's Waterways'.

    "Please sign our petition calling on prime minister Rishi Sunak to guarantee future funding of the entire 5000-mile network of canals and navigable rivers.

    Our campaigning coalition Fund Britain’s Waterways aims to deliver hundreds of thousands of signatures to 10 Downing Street this Autumn.

    There’s so much at stake. Please add your name and help us by circulating widely to your networks.

    More than 8.5 million people (nearly 15% of the population) live on or within 1km of the waterways, and half of us live within 5km. In urban areas, the percentage is often much higher with many urban waterways running through heavily populated areas of deprivation and diversity, often with higher rates of ill-health and unemployment. Add to those figures the additional 10 million people who access the waterways for business, leisure, wellness or commuting, and it’s clear that open, accessible and well-maintained waterways are vital for us all, and for Britain’s economy, ecology and wellbeing.

    Let me stress – this isn’t just about boaters, nor is it solely in response to the Canal & River Trust grant settlement. Inland Waterways Association and the Fund Britain’s Waterways campaign is for much more.

    5,000 miles of navigable waterways across England, Scotland and Wales form a vast national infrastructure network.

    Collectively they provide hugely important benefits to people, the environment and local communities, while also contributing significantly to the economy.

    Our canals and rivers create jobs and bring financial benefits through tourism and leisure.

    They offer opportunities to mitigate flooding, transfer drinking water and provide habitat corridors for wildlife and biodiversity.

    They can also contribute to the improved health and wellbeing of the whole population.

    These benefits can only be realised if they are well maintained and looked after.

    We’re concerned not only about Canal & River Trust’s 2,000 miles but also the stretches managed by the Environment Agency, Broads Authority, Scottish Canals and other navigation authorities.

    Most of all, we’re fighting for the millions of people like you who rely on canals and rivers for housing, work, education, commuting, and leisure along with our mental and physical health and social connection.

    Please sign our petition and spread the word far and wide.

    Thank you."


  • 12 Jul 2023 08:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IWA Press Release following government announcement on funding - 

  • 28 Jun 2023 14:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Inland Waterways Association has, with others, founded the "Fund Britain's Waterways Action Group". See more details on their website: -

  • 13 Jun 2023 17:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As you may have seen from the recent SBA Services Summer Newsletter, the web pages with all the information you need about SBA Services and the services it provides have been updated. You can find the pages here -

  • 07 Jun 2023 08:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Use this link for the newsletter -

  • 09 May 2023 14:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Draft minutes from the recent AGM can be found here - SBA 2023 AGM Minutes DRAFT.pdf

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