The Steamboat Association
of Great Britain

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

to stimulate public interest
in steam boats
and steam boating

to promote high standards
of workmanship,
safety and seamanship


Topical notes about the SBA and the world of steamboats

  • 18 May 2019 11:51 | Anonymous member

    Full event details and a booking form are now available for the Manchester Winter Social, via the link in the event listing.

    Bookings needed by 12th June please!

  • 10 May 2019 14:30 | Anonymous member

    We have just uploaded some more issues to the Funnel back-issues archive!

    These were scanned & converted by Joel Druel from France - thank you Joel!

    These issues cover 2000 to 2006. They are mostly encoded as double page spreads, so for some issues the page order is a bit odd. We will try to fix this over time, but they are constructed so that you can search for text in these (using CNTRL-F in Acrobat reader).


  • 01 Apr 2019 12:22 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is for all the home workshoppers amongst us. The offers below are pretty amazing and the drill sets will be something everyone of us needs.


    This is all pukka gear not Chinese ‘chocolate’ junk – I use WNT for nearly all my tooling.


    Quote from WNT website:


    Use of the WNT online store is exclusively for business customers.
    All prices are net prices, and are subject to VAT.

    If anyone wants to buy any of these offers and can’t order direct, I am happy to process them via my account with WNT.

    Here is a link to their webpage for the offers:


    As it doesn’t say on the offer page:

    10 158 050 is 1.0 to 5.9mm x 0.1mm


    10 158 100 is 6.0 to 10.0mm x 0.1mm


    The ER32 collect set is 3 – 20mm x 1mm


    The ultramini boring set is very very small – i.e. 3mm pilot hole!




  • 06 Mar 2019 12:09 | Anonymous member

    Following some changes we made to the site, Google has indexed at least some of the back issues of Funnel on the site. So this means you can use Google to search these back issues.

    To do this, you just tell google the site you want to search as follows:

    So to search for say "turbine" you type


    into the search box on a google page.

    (yes, that is a lot to type, but you could copy the text from this news item!)

    You will get results from the Funnel Back Issues part of site. You can then open and search inside the issue in the normal way (cntrl-f will open a search box for you.)

    enjoy :-)

  • 17 Feb 2019 17:53 | Anonymous member

    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 can, Dot is arranging berths etc.

    So, anyone wishing to attend the opening with their boat please contact Dot Bullough by Thursday 28th on or by phone at home: 0161 723 3366.

    Hopefully more detail in the next week or so.

  • 11 Feb 2019 14:59 | Anonymous member

    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

    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

    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

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