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

  • 07 Sep 2018 12:28 | Anonymous member

    Guided visit Maritime Hartlepool including Paddle Steamer Wingfield Castle.

    23/24 September 2018

    Behind the scenes visit with John Megoran (Kingswear Castle and Director, Waverley) to PS Wingfield Castle and Gray Archive on NE shipbuilding on 24 September and to HMS Trincomalee, including talk on conservation work, and Hartlepool Museums . Details - see attached

    Visit to Trinity Buoy Wharf 

    6 October

    Behind the scenes visit to London's newest pier and future plans for SS Robin and other vessels and maritime heritage centre. 

    Watch Events listings for more details....

  • 30 Aug 2018 10:21 | Anonymous member

    Dot Bullough (our local Commodore) asked that we put up a news item to announce the arrival of two new steamboats into the SBA fleet in "the North".

    These are Obsidian, built by Russel & Maureen Clements and Befur built by Louise and Malcolm Duckett... they are on Windermere and Ullswater, respectively. 

    Here are a few pictures for the record :-)

    Who says the weather in the Lakes is always wet! 

  • 12 Aug 2018 19:50 | Anonymous member

    Following a sterling effort by Roger Heise & Ian Davis battling with our servers and security certificates the Steamboat Register is restored to full operation.

    Thank you all - enjoy!

  • 09 Aug 2018 10:29 | Anonymous member

    As we all bask in the summer sun I am sure there are lots of great pictures which we would all love to see on the web site.

    To make it simpler to share your photographs we have added a new Member's Photos page, under the "Media" page.

    This allows you to upload your photographs directly to the site - no more waiting for those tardy Web Editors! But it will only work if you all contribute your work...

    You can still use the albums on your Profile Page, but this new page will make it easier for visitors to browse - please remember to add captions so that we know what we are looking at! (and please keep the photos under 1Mb in size).

    Don't forget the  SBA Facebook Discussion page would be happy to see them too.

    If all else fails (and as a last resort) then you can email them to us at

    Thanks (Malcolm)

  • 25 Jul 2018 13:45 | Anonymous member

    Over the last few months I have been contacted by a number of members who have been unable to view the "New Register" page from the web site, and only get a blank page.

    The reason for this is that we need a secure certificate for the Register servers to allow https:// access. Roger Heise has been looking into obtaining this.

    You might be able to get to this page by using the non-secure URL , but not all browsers will allow this (my chromebook will not for example). 

    I am sorry this is taking a long time to fix, but hopefully it will be addressed soon.

    Malcolm (webmaster) Duckett

  • 16 Jul 2018 09:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2018 Booking form now available in the events section of this site.

  • 09 Jul 2018 12:39 | Anonymous member

    John Barnard was good enough to pass along a recording he made of an SBA rally in 1990 as broadcast by Anglia TV. 

    As he says "Sadly some of the faces are no longer with us but I’m sure it will bring back a lot of memories for our more senior members and show the younger ones our activities of the past  ----- My!  30 years ago, as they say  'Don’t time fly' ".

    We have included it in our "rotating" video library, or you can see it here

  • 21 Jun 2018 20:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with regret that I have to announce that Lord Euan Strathcona, the First President of the SBA, has recently passed away. 

    I met him on a number of occasions, mainly relating to the sale of 'Beryl of Avon' which needed a boiler 'ticket' and a technical drawing of the boiler in order the the German authorities to accept her.

    More information will be posted when available.

    Kevin Slater CEng

    Chair, Steamboat Association of Great Britain

  • 20 Jun 2018 12:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    There are still a few places available on the SBA Winter Social. If you have not already booked and want to attend please email Dot Bullough on before lunchtime Friday22nd June 2018 to book your place.  Please help to make up the numbers!


  • 16 Jun 2018 12:08 | Anonymous member


    Still time to book for this event but all bookings for this MUST be received by Dot by Thursday 21st June 2018 if this is to go ahead.

    Booking form is on the SBA Website - Events.

    If you have any problems either phone or email Dot Bullough

    0161 723 3366 or

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