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  • 26 Mar 2018 09:49 | Anonymous member

    It was suggested that I posted a link to the report on SBA Website Statistics that were presented at the AGM, so here it is!


    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1icSI8DJkGNTi7cdgEOBHMakkW9NeJR-IzKZOZPbhM-o/edit?usp=sharing


    enjoy...

  • 21 Mar 2018 21:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sue & Michael Morgan report:

    "After going to Rutland Water for 2 years without water access and my many protests about not being able to participate in the Steam Fair as it was not possible to land and go ashore there is now a rather large and stable pontoon at The Steam Fair site.  For us boaters the event is back.  The Steam Fair is already in the SBA Events List on the web site and we are a contact."

    The Rutland Water Steam Fair 23rd & 24th June 2018

    Rutland Water

    Empingham

    Oakham

    LE15 8QL

    Roger Heise

  • 16 Mar 2018 11:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New publications are available from the SBA



    Steamboat Register 2018


    A summary of UK owned steamboats from the SBA Register Records as of January 2018.

    A handy A5-sized book to identify UK-based boats; it gives details of owner and boat history and (for most boats) a colour photograph.  Spiral-bound, approx. 190 pages and over 400 boats.


    As announced, members of the SBA attending the AGM on 24th March may collect copies at the special AGM-price of £12, cash-on-the-day.


    Prices by post – see below how to order:

    UK £15.00

    Europe £19.50

    Rest of World £22.00



    Members’ Handbook 2018


    A list of all SBA members with contact details and names of boats owned by SBA members worldwide, drawn from the SBA membership as of January 2018.  A slim A5-sized reference book, approx. 90 pages, black & white.  This is available only to members and will not be sent to non-members.  (Replaces previous handbook dated 2012.)


    The handbook is available free to members at the AGM on 24th March.

    It is available to members-only and by post. 


    Packing and postal charges – see below how to order:

    UK £4.00

    Europe £7.50

    Rest of World £8.50



    How to order


    Email your request to  handbooks2018@steamboatassociation.co.uk   from the email address that you use as your user-name when you log in to the SBA website.   When the item(s) have been posted, you will receive a payment request through the SBA website when you next log-in.  You can then pay with a debit/credit card (through PayPal) or from a PayPal account.

    Please do not make any payment in advance (for example a PayPal transfer to any SBA email address).


    Roger Heise  - Chairman


  • 17 Feb 2018 15:32 | Anonymous member

    David Hubbard in Basingstoke sent in this plea for assistance:


    We need some help at the Bursledon Brickworks Museum. I am a trustee at the museums (the last steam powered bickworks in Britain) as part of the displays in the museum, we have a Stott boiler that supplied steam to a (semi) mobile steam engine driving a pug mill.  

     

    The boiler failed its pressure test and we initially stripped the boiler to investigate some thinning of the boiler wall. Unfortunately, the damage is worse than we expected and the boiler may well end up as a static museum exhibit. 


    Even if we can find the expertise to repair it will be a long job and the museum is looking for a (temporary?) replacement.  If there is anyone  in the SBA  with a Merryweather or similar boiler that they be prepared to lend or sell please let me know, David.

  • 14 Feb 2018 16:02 | Anonymous member

    Thanks to the continued efforts of Simon Maltby and members who have loaned back issues for digitisation, we now have a complete set of Funnels from 1 to 99 available on the site for members to browse at their leisure. Enjoy!

  • 24 Jan 2018 13:02 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To all members - you can register and book refreshments now online - or download paper versions of the forms - click here for the AGM Event.   Roger Heise, Chairman

  • 23 Jan 2018 20:19 | Anonymous member

    For members with time on their hands, there are more back issues of Funnel on-line, with gems from 1972 onwards. Enjoy!

  • 10 Jan 2018 10:30 | Anonymous member

    After some years of promising, and after a mammoth effort by Simon Maltby (thank you Simon) we have finally been able to publish back issues of Funnel on the web site :-)


    This (member-only) page is available here, the documents are stored as PDFs and are stored as searchable text, so you can find all those long-lost references.


    Issues 20 to 99 (1974 to 1998) are available (with a few missing Issues).


    Enjoy! 

  • 28 Nov 2017 10:41 | Anonymous member

    Just a note to point out that "live" links and extracts of our Facebook page and the Steamboat Forum are now added to the home page - let the editors know how much you love these changes!


    We have also been working on the adverts pages to make them neater and add some new opportunities to part with your cash.


    We are still planning to bring the back issues of the Funnel to the web site too.

  • 11 Nov 2017 12:00 | Anonymous member

    We received the following press release, announcing this positive step in the preservation of Freshspring - which, as John Puddy sais, "all started with an article in Funnel by James Carstairs. Without that, Freshspring might not exist now."  Well Done SBA!


    Freshspring Society achieves National Lottery support for historic steamship.


    The project to restore SS Freshspring, a rare historic steamship, has taken another major step forward. A £61,000 National Lottery grant has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The news comes less than 18 months since the Trust was awarded £155,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) to transport the ship from Newnham on Severn and berth her in Bideford.


    Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the award is for a two year programme including works required to open the ship to the public as a heritage attraction. 


    There will be a considerable emphasis on education from school age children to the general public. The grant includes funding to employ an Education and Project Officer.


    SS Freshspring is remarkably complete – her hull and superstructure are substantially intact, whilst her steam engines are in outstanding condition due to the care given to them over time. With her pre-Second World War configuration, her form reflects the type of general cargo vessel that was the work-horse of the British and the Worlds mercantile fleets from the 1920s to the 1950s. The only other vessel of similar appearance and scale in the UK is SS Robin of 1890. 


    Furthermore, the proposals to bring Freshspring back to operational condition for a sustainable future use whilst retaining her external form and sympathetically converting her internal water tank spaces mean that she will be the only operational vessel of this type. 


    In the meantime, the proposals to present her afloat in Bideford as a static heritage exhibit mean that she will be the only vessel of her type and age accessible to the general public.


    John Puddy, The Trust Chair stated, “ This is a huge step forward for the Trust, The National Lottery grant was substantially matched in Devon by Torridge District Council, Bideford Bridge Trust and The Balsdon Trust, demonstrating very considerable local support. In addition match funds have been awarded by The Headley Trust along with individual Trust Membership support. I thank all those in our team who worked so hard to make this such a successful project with a very bright future.”


    Work will be starting on the restoration of the ship’s bridge, boatdeck and access shortly to ensure the ship can fully open for April 2018.


    For information see: www.ssfreshspring.co.uk.




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