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Sold! The £1 note that bought Waverley passes to the Chairman of the Scottish Transport Group on 8th August 1974

Celebrate 40 years since Waverley was sold for £1

Friday 8th August 2014

Join Paddle Steamer Waverley on Friday 8th August at Greenock, Largs, Ardrossan or Lochranza for a unique cruise around Inchmarnock Island to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Waverley entering preservation.

On 8th August 1974 Waverley was gifted to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society Scottish Branch for £1. To mark this occasion the PSPS and Clyde River Steamer Club have arranged an unmissable sailing that includes Waverley’s first day cruise from Ardrossan since 1985. We invite you to join us.

Book in advance to be sure of your tickets, either online at or by calling 0845 130 4647.

40 Years of the
Waverley Steam
Navigation Company
1974 – 2014

Forthcoming Events

The PSPS Collection

With over 50,000 fascinating objects including posters, souvenirs, paintings and fittings from long-departed but much-loved steamers we have the UK’s largest and finest collection of paddle steamer heritage material. Our collection continues to grow with further donations welcomed.


The Collection

We have the UK’s largest and finest collection on paddle and pleasure steamers, with over 50,000 objects in our collection.



Do you want to find out more about a famous old paddle steamer? Do you need help with family history research? Are you interested in the heritage of our steamers Waverley and Kingswear Castle?


Photographs & Film

Do you want to buy a photograph of a famous old pleasure steamer or to see film of paddle steamers cruising around the UK? We have an amazing collection of over 33,000 rare and amazing photographs.

“A Peep into the Past” on-line was introduced to mark the 50th anniversary of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society’s journal “Paddle Wheels”. You can view the story of paddle steamers and the Society through the pages of “Paddle Wheels” starting with the very first issue here.

New Reasons to Join

Waverley Excursions Ltd. has kindly offered concessions for Waverley sailings to PSPS members. Read more here.