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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

  • 18 Jun 2013 19:17 | Deleted user

    The summer edition of  "The Funnel" magazine has been landing on the door mats of SBA members recently.

    This edition includes a wide variety of articles including information on historic steamboats, technical articles and members reports of their boat building projects - one of which is available for non-members to download to get a taste of what the magazine is like.

    If you like what you read why not join the SBA?
  • 15 Jun 2013 22:36 | Anonymous member
    Please note that the correct date for the Malvern week end is
     29th/30th Nov/1st Dec and not as listed in the latest FUNNEL.

    These dates may be extended before and after the weekend at the same special rate at the Abbey Hotel.
    Please note that  extra days need to be booked and paid for by members directly with the hotel.

    Members who have already shown interest will be contacted during August and a non returnable deposit will be requested at that time.

    There are still a few rooms available, if you are interested please contact Richard Havard as soon as possible.
  • 13 Jun 2013 13:20 | Anonymous member
    Please note that due to navigation problems at Pembroke this event will not now take place this year. Once these problems have be resolved by the local authority a visit to Pembroke by water may well take place next year.
  • 13 Jun 2013 12:29 | Deleted user

    Congratulations go to SBA member John Tilley for winning the Trophy for the most innovative entry in Watercraft Magazine's Cordless Canoe Challenge held at this years Beale Park Boat Show. 


    John's entry Whimsy is a boat  that doubles as a motor bike sidecar. You can watch Whimsy in action in the following video:



  • 09 Jun 2013 22:34 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Details of the 2013 Windermere Rally have been posted in the events section of the website.  The Rally dates are 11-16 August.  You can now register online and download the full registration form.
  • 07 Jun 2013 20:11 | Deleted user
    Members may have noticed that pages 7 & 8 and 73 & 74 of the latest edition of the Funnel magazine were missing due to a printing error.  We are grateful to the printers for reprinting this edition of the magazine which will be sent to members shortly.
  • 04 Jun 2013 17:56 | Deleted user

    The aims of The Maritime Heritage Trust are to represent and promote the interests and operators of traditional and historic vessels at all levels of government and also to increase public interest and support for maritime heritage, which in turn will raise awareness of its cultural importance and have wider benefits for economic drivers such as employment, education and tourism.

    Their spring 2013 newsletter includes articles on paddle steamers Kingswear Castle, the Medway Queen and much more and can be downloaded here.

    For more information on Maritime Heritage Trust visit their website
  • 30 May 2013 19:34 | Deleted user

    The Windermere Steamboat Museum is regarded by steamboaters not just in England but the world over as something of a spiritual home! George Pattinson’s legacy has been for many years a centre for rallies, steamboating activity and inspiring people to join the SBA.
    Since being taken over by the Lakeland Arts Trust, a great deal of work has gone into planning and conservation of the resources at the Bowness-on-Windermere site which could reopen in 2015.
    The last 18 months has seen development of extensive plans for the new museum including a 10 year conservation programme. Planning has included activities to be offered and the development of the stories to be told in the exhibition spaces.
    The ‘visitor experience’ is at the heart of the project, which means there must be easy access for everybody to the whole collection and the various connected storylines presented by the exhibits. The challenge is to provide interpretations of exhibits layered for visitors of different ages and learning abilities while still retaining the fascination for those with a specialist interest.
    Displays will explore themes touching, for example, on early tourism and the appeal of Windermere and how the lake was a source of income for those who fished or built boats. There will be a section called ‘Life at Speed’ charting racing on the lake from 19th century through to the 1980s.
    A great deal of work has gone into finding means of helping visitors engage with the historic boats, connecting human stories to the heritage. Envisaged are workshops for schools, interpreters to bring boating characters alive, regular clubs for younger people – for example ‘Water Babies’ and ‘Young Otters’ clubs. For older people there will be programmes of talks, lectures and performances as well as community engagement projects focused on a particular boats or story. The possibilities are endless and Charlotte Upton of the Lakeland Arts Trust sounds excited as she describes it all!
    The conservation management plan is highly significant given the centrality of the Windermere boat collection to all that the SBA holds most dear. Prepared in great detail for the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) it reaches forward to 2024, ensuring that each boat has been assessed on criteria including originality, condition and its place in history. Boats have been categorised against one of six conservation methodologies developed from a comprehensive study of current best practice. The conservation team has made a great deal of progress and indeed SL ‘Osprey’ is already restored for operational use.
    The planning application for the new museum buildings has been submitted and a decision is expected soon while a second application to the HLF was submitted in March this year for a confirmed award of £9m. The project is marching on...

    …but funding has to be secured to make it all happen!

    The campaign to raise match funding to support the HLF grant has been incredibly successful and the Lakeland Arts Trust has raised £2.9m to date. A further £500,000 is needed to reach the target and so all donations are welcome to support this important project.

    Donations are very warmly welcomed and should be sent marked clearly for the Steamboat Museum Project c/o Charlotte Upton, Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3JT

    For more information visit the museum's website.

  • 19 May 2013 18:54 | Deleted user
    The latest edition of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) South East Region Newsletter, Cargoes - Summer 2013 is now available. 

    It includes numerous articles of news from various parts of the canal network. 

    This edition and back issues can be downloaded from the IWA website here.
  • 13 May 2013 18:05 | Deleted user

    Over 40 boatbuilders, vessel owners, suppliers and trainees attended the first networking forum for the Shipshape Network in East Anglia, held on Wednesday 01 May at the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Ltd, Lowestoft. They were welcomed to the event by Hannah Cunliffe, Policy & Project Manager of National Historic Ships UK who, with her team, was undertaking a series of visits to historic vessels in the region.

    The event marked the launch of new regional pages for Shipshape East Anglia, bringing together 85 historic vessels in the area, with over 50 boatbuilding companies and specialist suppliers. IBTC has been awarded the status of the first UK Shipshape hub and will provide local support and advice to Network members, offering a regional base and access to on-site facilities.

    Regional projects featured at the event included: services and facilities at Excelsior Yard, Lowestoft; the regeneration of the old Whisstocks boatyard in Woodbridge, Suffolk; Stem to Stern Heritage Training and work experience; and Rescue Wooden Boats, the charity set up to restore, maintain and use examples of heritage maritime wooden working craft in North Norfolk.

    The Shipshape Network was launched in 2009 and is managed by National Historic Ships UK, the independent government funded organisation representing the interests of historic vessels in the UK. The Network provides a framework for all those with an interest in ship conservation and is home to the National Directory of Skills & Services, promoting the regeneration of traditional maritime skills and techniques.

    More information can be found on their website.

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