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  • 09 Aug 2018 10:29 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 webmaster@steamboatassociation.co.uk


    Thanks (Malcolm)


  • 25 Jul 2018 13:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 http://steamboatassociation.co.uk , 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

  • 09 Jul 2018 12:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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

  • 14 Jun 2018 11:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FAWLEY MEADOWS, HENLEY-on-THAMES


    An exciting and fun day out for the whole family, a celebration of all that's best in British boatbuilding and craftsmanship

    evoking the nostalgia of boating from a bygone era.

    This popular, long-running event, now offers more attractions on the water, in the air and on the land, than ever before.

    Featuring the largest display of traditional boats in Europe, the fleet of Dunkirk "Little Ships", Her Majesty's Rowbarge "Gloriana",

    amphibious and military vehicles, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, WW1 air display - and much more...


    Book your tickets here

    https://www.tradboatfestival.com/festival-tickets

  • 09 Jun 2018 12:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A PROUD ANNOUNCEMENT

    The Steam Tug Kerne Preservation Society Ltd has been awarded ‘The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service’ in the Queen's Honours List, published on 2nd June 2018.


    This is an MBE equivalent and the highest award given to a voluntary group. It is the first time a historic vessel preservation group has been honoured in this way.


    The award was created in 2002 by the Queen to celebrate the anniversary of her Coronation and recognises excellence in voluntary activity carried our by groups in the community. The assessment process for the award was conducted on behalf of the Queen by Captain Hugh Daglish LVO JP DL Royal Navy ex Commander of HMY Britannia and His Honour Judge John Roberts DL.


    The award citation honours the rescue and preservation of Kerne, one of Britain’s oldest operational steamships. The Queens award is recognition of the work of our group over the last 47 years. Our member’s dedication has been an example of what can be achieved for the benefit of the nation’s maritime heritage and is enjoyed by many thousands of people who have seen Kerne steaming to events and come aboard to learn about a living ship of the Titanic era.


    Chris Heyes and Paul Kirkbride are attended Buckingham Palace on  Tuesday 5th June for a Royal Garden Party and The Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside is to make a presentation on board Kerne at a later date.


    S T Kerne


    On behalf of The Steam Tug Kerne Preservation Society Ltd.


    Bob Stead


  • 29 May 2018 12:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Angela Smith of Tern TV asked if we can help her with a program they are making for the BBC...


    "Hi there,

    Tern TV is currently making a second series of Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs for the BBC. 


    We are looking for archive stills of steam boats on Loch Awe.  I wondered if you could please promote our query within the club because there may be Scottish members who have their own private archive collections who could help?


    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes,

    Angela


    Angela Smith

    Production Executive

    Tern TV, 4th Floor, 114 Union Street, Glasgow, G1 3QQ

    Direct Line: +44 (0) 141 241 6073 "

     

    You can email her on angela.smith@terntv.com


  • 27 May 2018 12:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If, like me, you are sick and tired of fielding opt-in/out emails this will come as good news: We (the SBA) have updated our Privacy Policy to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). We didn't need to do much as we already had a pretty good setup. The minor changes that we have now made mean that we are compliant with the new legislation. If you are curious to read our new policy, or are having trouble getting to sleep at night, there is a link to it from this page: http://www.steamboatassociation.org.uk/page-1163374 


    And the even better news it that you don't need to do anything - after careful consideration at Committee and seeking suitable advice we are happy that the minimal data that we keep on our members was 'freely given' under our previous Privacy Policy and that the changes for GDPR haven't required us to 're-seek' your permission to continue to hold it - albeit with perhaps a tad more security than before and other statutory requirements with which we have to comply - such as your 'right to be forgotten'.  


    Now can we all please get back to the serious business of Steamboating!


    Kevin Slater SBA Chair

  • 16 May 2018 14:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While consuming (quite a lot) of the Duckett's underused stock of Single Malt one evening at the President's Rally, talk turned to "things the web editors should do" - so here is one complete:


    With the new availability of castings for the Taylor Engines (see small ads) it was suggested that we should remind members of the excellent series of articles penned by John Winn covering the building of one of the compound versions.


    So, using the also newly available Funnel back issues page, you have no excuse not to put tool to metal (as it were) and start reading from Issue Number 67

  • 29 Mar 2018 16:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Having just taken over from Roger Heise I would like to introduce myself to those of you that don’t know me – even after many years on the Committee. 


    My background is in Marine Engineering having served on everything from tramping ‘Steamers’, to so called ‘Supertankers’, to Container-ships and, eventually, Passenger Ships. A bonus from the Passenger Ship days was that I met my wife, Gillie, on-board one (she was a passenger).


    Since coming ashore I have gained Chartered Engineer status via the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and am actively involved with the Institute both locally and nationally.


    I am passionate about promoting Engineering as a career opportunity for youngsters and to that end I am a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Ambassador and have recently had two of ‘my’ teams reach the national finals of the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Challenge. http://www.4x4inschools.com/home/


    I have some ideas about the direction that I would like to see the SBA take, but I will let the dust settle before launching anything – don’t panic, it will be evolution rather than revolution!


    There is one rumour that I would, however, like to kill right now – the printed Funnel is not at risk; there will always be a printed version of the Funnel for the duration of my time at the helm (and probably an awful lot longer).


    I would like to thank Roger for all the work that he has done over the last 3 years and wish him a happy ‘retirement’ and, hopefully, more steaming on-board Etna. His input re the website and related matters will still be sought so he isn’t totally off-the-hook just yet.


    My first Committee meeting as Chair will be in May and I will be welcoming two new members to the Committee: Adrian Greco and John Jewsbury and a returning member: Felicity Palmer.


    So, Bye for now and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during the coming season.


    Kevin Slater CEng MEng MIMarEST


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