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


Our quarterly journal - issued free to all members

Funnel 179 – Winter 2018/19 


When you’re the Editor of ‘Funnel’ you’re sadly denied the joy of hearing that satisfying ‘thump’ as the next edition of the SBA’s journal comes crashing through the letterbox to be devoured hungrily by the dog... No, not the dog: I mean the SBA member who lives at that address when not out in the workshop.

Funnel 179, the Winter edition, is expected as usual at the beginning of December and it’s another heavy one: 96 pages of information, reports, articles on steamboat related topics and a few stories too.

There is a provisional events list inside (that will be repeated and updated in the Spring edition) and even the SBA’s most haunted member, Ed Henley, has come up with another offering for Christmas. How positively Dickensian: and he himself is so creepy he doesn’t show up on the membership listing...

The plastic mailing cover in which your journal is sent is also expected to contain three A5 sheets with full details and booking information for the next AGM (March 2nd 2019) - and while on the subject of plastic, it’s hoped that the Spring issue will see the beginning of mailings in compostable bags.

Ah!... Now d’you hear that? That’s the sound of many office chairs being rolled backwards as 'Funnel’s extensive Editorial Team stagger to their feet to toast all our readers and contributors: have a great Christmas and New Year, wherever you are and keep those articles coming!


Contributions should be sent to: Mark Rudall (Honorary Editor)

Copy Deadlines

Spring/March issue:
31 January
Summer/June issue: 30 April
Autumn/September issue: 31 July
Winter/December issue: 31 October

Please submit all material
as early as possible!



For more Funnel contents, see the Cumulative Index.


Copy should ideally be sent in Word format. We publish to an 84pp A5 format so simply send straight Word files of the text and pictures as separate (rather than embedded) jpgs.

Photos and scanned drawings should be at 300dpi - i.e. JPGs saved as high quality.  

You can now also submit articles, letters and members' adverts from this website.


Small Adverts for steam related items are printed free of charge to members and on a one-off basis to other individuals at the Editor's discretion. Photos may be included if space permits.


For commercial advertisements email

Many items published in Funnel are the personal opinions of the contributor and therefore may not necessarily reflect SBA policy.

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