Useful Links

Supporters who have given Grants

National Historic Ships

Transport Trust

General Websites

The Steam Boat Association of Great Britain

The website for the SBA, the largest association of steamboaters in the world. It hosts an on-line register, events calendar and a massive collection of information and pictures all concentrated on Steam Boats.

 The Steamboating Forum

This is a forum for steamboaters who like to chat to each other on the internet. You can ask any question you like about anything to do with steam. Remember, the only stupid question is the one you don't ask.

Heritage Steamboat Trust

This trust is managed by the Steamboat Association.


The Windermere Jetty

Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories

The Windermere Jetty Museum, previously the Windermere Steam Boat Museum, opened its doors to the public again on 23rd March 2020 after over 10 years of closure. It has a number of static displays and SL Osprey in steam again as a trip boat.

 The Northern Mill Engine Society

This is a fantastic website and museum that holds the largest collection of working mill steam engines in the UK. Well worth a visit if you are in the North of England.

Specific to Steamboats in Great Britain


 The Consuta Trust

This is the Consuta Trust's website. Consuta is a 1889 52-foot fast steam launch based on the river Thames. The boat was built to umpire rowing races at The Henley Royal Regatta and is favoured for traditional-style rowing races. Beautifully restored to working order around the year 2000.

Steam Tug Kerne

The tug Kerne, like Shamrock, is a historic steam vessel. Built in 1913 she is run by a dedicated band of enthusiasts. She can be seen in the North West of Britan.

Paddle Steamer Medway Queen

The Medway Queen was launched in 1924  She is famous for her seven trips to Dunkirk in 1940. She is currently undergoing a major rebuild on the Medway at Rochester.

Fishing Vessel Lydia Eva

The Lydia Eva is the last steam drifter in existence. She operates out of Yarmouth and Lowestoft with Mincarlo, the last complete side winding trawler.

Steam Tug Portwey

Portwey is probably the last coal fired twin engine steam tug. She is based in Essex.

Steam Ship Robin

The world’s only surviving complete Victorian steamship, and is at the Royal Victoria Docks, London.

Steam Ship VIC56

The VIC 56 was built in 1945 as part of the wartime shipbuilding program, and now preserved in working order. She is now in Portsmouth under the care of Boathouse 4.

Commercial Steamships

Daniel Adamson

The Daniel Adamson was built as a tug/tender in 1903. She is available for hire in the North West, particularly Liverpool and the River Weaver.

Steam Ship Shieldhall

Shieldhall is the largest working steam ship in Britain. She operates out of Southampton.

Steam Yacht Gondola

Gondola is a rebuild of the original steam yacht Gondola of 1859. She is operated by the National Trust on Coniston Water in the Lake District.

Steam Launch Alaska

Alaska was built in 1883 and ran passenger services on the Thames. She was restored in 1987.

Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle

Kingswear Castle was built in 1924 and operates on the River Dart, Devon.

Steam Narrowboat President

President is a steam powered narrowboat, built in 1909, and based at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley.

Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott was launched on Loch Katrine in 1900 and runs reguklar cruises.

Paddle Steamer Waverley

Waverley was built in 1946 and is based in Glasgow but tours the coast.

Other Sites of Interest

A Timeline of the World's Largest Passenger Ships from 1831 – Present

Discover when famous ocean liners and cruise ships such as the the SS Great Eastern, RMS Titanic, SS France, RMS Queen Mary 2, and Symphony of the Seas have held the title of biggest passenger ship in the world.

Maritime History and Research

Maritime history explores humanity's interaction with the sea, encompassing a variety of activities that take place on, in, and near the ocean. Humankind's intricate relationship with the world's waterways spans millennia, shaping economies, societies, and cultures. A good understanding of this complex history helps us to appreciate the power of the sea as well as the innovation of those who have helped us to navigate its waters.
This site links to many (mainly US) sites with details of all kind of ships (including steamships) and other nautical information.