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




President:
Sir Neil Cossons
Vice Presidents:    
Adrian Birtles      Richard Havard      Peter Hollins MBE      Brian Smith       Sam Wilkinson


Chairman


Roger Heise

 

I have been a member of the SBA for thirteen years, owning a boat all that time, having lots of fun - and still learning about steaming.  I have come to value the knowledge and skills of building and operating steamboats that the SBA members possess.  As a result I now feel confident enough to build a new steamboat myself.  I want to ensure that the fund of information in the SBA is passed on to newcomers to steam boating and to new members.


Hon. Secretary

  

John Griffiths

 

I began steam boating with Reg Lindop after he had converted “Tenacity” in 1986 and later purchased the boat from him. Was one of the group that moved the tug tender “Daniel Adamson” from Ellsemere Port saving the vessel from being broken up. Subsequently spent many hours working on her as well as on assorted submissions,  reports and publications. After “Shamrock” was damaged in 2009 suggested the setting up of a trust and drafted the articles for Companies House, dealt with Charities Commission, HMRC etc and continue in this role as the Trust Secretary. I quite enjoy rallies but since my crew left home have not taken “Tenacity” out, a situation I hope to remedy.

 


Hon. Treasurer 


Nigel Thomson


I joined the SBA in 1994 and have found the association to be source of great friendships and adventures. I have just finished the building of a 25ft saloon launch, which means I can start planning the next one.  In my opinion steamboating is the ideal way of spending time with friends. 


Hon. Membership Secretary

 

Mike Cole


I have been a member of the SBA for over 10 years but only recently bought a steamboat. Having been always been a small boat sailor and with a technical background, I found I was drawn to steamboats. Now after many (steam)boat less years in the SBA, I am now looking forward to putting my own boat onto the water and playing Pirates with my family.  One thing I now regret is not taking more advantage of my SBA membership to take part in all the various rallies that the SBA holds.

Committee


Peter Hammond

I have been an active member of the SBA since acquiring steamboat ‘Hot Pot’ nearly 16 years ago. I started work at 16 and served an an electrical control systems apprentice. Following graduation I went on to work as a design engineer. I have recently changed careers and now run my own property
business.

My introduction to boating started with a first motor boat at the age of 18. I have owned and tinkered with many boats and petrol engines ever since - some say too many! I hope the practical skills and business knowledge I have gained will be useful to the SBA.

Over the past couple of years I have been involved with our local Scout troop as a committee member. I would like to encourage younger people to become active members to ensure the future of the SBA and the boats themselves. I would also like to give some time to the SBA having been rewarded with so many hours of pleasure created by others over the years.

Felicity Palmer


I became a committee member after five years active and enjoyable participation in the SBA.  Our first boat (steamboat) has given us many exciting outings from Darmouth to Ireland, and has made us many friends amongst fellow Members.


I bring to this post the relatively recent experience of being a new member, not to mention considerable enthusiasm for the hobby.  I have practical experience of event organisation as a Scout Leader of many years, and have a wide range of outdoor interests outside my day job of teaching.


I have, apparently, gained a small band of supporters who know my ability to engage seriously with the task in hand, be it simple weed of the propellor or a bit of mass catering!


Kingsley Robinson


I have been involved in steam boating and the SBA for most of my life, having started aged 10 steaming with my family on Meteorite and later on Taniwha. I am currently in the middle of building a passenger carrying steamboat of my own which is only 7’ long. Being one of the younger members of the SBA I am particularly keen about developing ways of practically engaging with younger people so that our fascinating hobby and the associated skills and knowledge are passed on to future generations.


Kevin Slater - Vice Chairman


I am a Chartered Engineer and have spent 35+ years at sea as a Marine Engineer. I now run a small engineering consultancy specialising in steam boat plant.


I feel that, as a result of my working life, I have some useful experience to bring to the SBA. I am also a Boiler Inspector and Boiler Design Assessor for SBAS Ltd. My wife, Gillie, and I own and run SL Zara Finn.


Keith Ward


I joined the SBA in the summer of 2002 looking for help to build a steam narrowboat. I quickly benefited from the wealth of experience and knowledge available without which, despite a couple of decades as an engineer, I wouldn't have succeeded. After my apprenticeship in fabrication and sheet metal work I studied engineering at Coventry University. Since then I have worked as an engineer creating new processes and machinery in the manufacturing sector. I now look forward to applying whatever skills and knowledge that I possess to put something back into the association.

Andrew Hopper


I started in the electrical industry at the age of 15 as an apprentice electrician and finished 43 years later as the MD of a distribution company. My main hobbies for all my working life has been Scouting and the building and flying large radio controlled model aeroplanes. It was after retirement that I was introduced to the SBA while leaning on a steam boat at the model engineering exhibition in Warwick in about 2009. The infectious Mr John Winn convinced me that, unknown to me, I COULD build an engine and a boat, the seed was sown, and some months later I commenced the project, S.L. Aurelia, with lots of help and enthusiasm from other members it  gave me the confidence to have a go.  By joining the committee I hope it will give me the opportunity to give back some of that inspiration to others.


John Hendry


I am a marine engineer and although technically retired I am still heavily involved in the world of shipping and the sea. But I also have a powerful connection with inland waters through ownership and operation of S.L. Suilven. A member of the SBA in Scotland where I am part of very committed and active SBA group I am keen to be involved in the governance of this enjoyable organisation and to offer such insights as I have for its future benefit.


Appointed by the Committee


Vice Chairman: Kevin Slater
Membership Finance Secretary:
Mike Cole
European Secretary: Roger Heise
Events Secretary:
Felicity Palmer
Funnel Editor:
Mark Rudall
Public Relations Advisor:
John Schofield
Safety Information Coordinator:
Keith Ward
SBA Sales:
Mike Bell

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