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

to stimulate public interest
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to promote high standards
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Topical notes about the SBA and the world of steamboats

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  • 17 Feb 2019 17:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Windermere Jetty is planning to be opened on the 23rd March (after many years of closure), and SBA boats (and members) are invited - arrive by boat if you want to get in for free!!! Hopefully more detail in the next week or so.

  • 11 Feb 2019 14:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Keep an eye on the Events List for information on a planned event at the Falkirk Wheel which will be available soon.

    This information arrived from Ronnie Russak via John Hendry (thanks John)

    We are planning a very large flotilla 24,25,26 May  of all types of boats to celebrate the reopening of the Forth and Clyde Canal after all the disasters that happened last year. We would love to have as many steamboats participate as they are such an attraction.  This flotilla by the response so far looks like it’s going to be a real goody. The difference this time is that we want to make it like a carnival with people dressing up and as much music playing from the boats.  I’ve attached a press release about the event and we would like to know if you and any of your members are interested in joining us.

    John says he may  even be able to help with accommodation.

  • 11 Feb 2019 14:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear all, just noticed that the videos in the Media menu were not playing - they are now!

    If you notice things on the website not working, please let us know via


  • 07 Feb 2019 16:14 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here are all the documents relating to the forthcoming AGM

    Hard copies will be available on the day 

    2019 AGM Invitation and Agenda KJS.pdf

    SBA Clauses 11, 13 and 14 letter to SBA Member Attendee version.docx

    Approximate AGM 2019 day timetable.pdf

    SBA Auction Instructions.pdf

    Looking forward to seeing you all there!

    Kevin Slater CEng

  • 30 Jan 2019 13:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are saddened to receive the report that Wolfgang Hans Georg Schlager (3/11/1935 - 1/9/2019) passed away in January. Wolfgang was for many years the SBA Regional Representative for the USA West Coast.  We intend to publish a full obituary in a forthcoming edition of 'Funnel'.

    Please see the longer article here Wolfgang Schlager.

  • 30 Jan 2019 10:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Chairman has asked us to notify you of a proposed change to our constitution with respect to our auditing arrangements. This will be voted on by members at the AGM, but if you are not attending then please vote by email or post.

    Please see the attached document explaining things.

     Clause 11 letter to SBA Member KJS web version 3.pdf

  • 29 Jan 2019 10:08 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tony Young alerted us to this fabulous instructional video on raising steam on one of His Majesty's Destroyers.

    I'll add it to the video library too...

  • 25 Jan 2019 11:12 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For those of you with a technology bent (Oh, I guess that is everyone!) you might be interested to know that you can now download an app for your Android Phone (and even those old Apple ones too).

    Nip along to your app store and search for "Wild Apricot for Members" (the people who make the software behind the web site) and download it. Using the app you can: 

    Access Member Directory:

    • View your organisation's entire member directory
    • View member profiles
    • Email and call fellow members

    Register for Events:

    • View an event calendar and event details
    • Register for an event through the app
    • View existing event registrations
    • Pay an outstanding event registration fee

    Update Personal Profiles:

    • Members can view their personal profile, including their membership renewal date

    Exciting huh?!

  • 21 Jan 2019 10:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    John Jewsbury highlighted that a BBC documentary on Clyde Puffers is currently available on BBC iPlayer. 

    Here's a link: Clyde Puffers Documentary

  • 20 Jan 2019 17:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Proposed Date: Fri-Sun 25/26/27th, October 2019

    If you would be interested in attending a Winter Social and Seminar to be held for a second year at The Mecure Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa near Blackburn could you please let Dot Bullough know before 15th March 2019.

    Contact: (preferable)  or on 0161 723 3366

    If there is sufficient interest by that date Dot will go ahead with the organisation.

    Venue: Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa

    Blackburn Road



    BB5 5JP

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