Waverley 1975 – Very First Sailing in Preservation

Waverley almost ready for departure with the pipe band playing and well wishers on the quay.John Goss / PSPS Collection

On Thursday 22nd May 1975 Waverley sailed from Glasgow to Dunoon with invited guests aboard, many of whom had helped return her to service by offering products and services at little or no cost.

As Waverley prepared to depart Anderston Quay the Pipe Band played and many turned up to witness the start of her new career.

Waverley at Anderston Quay, Glasgow, on the day of her first cruise in preservation.John Goss / PSPS Collection

An exciting moment captured on camera as Waverley departs Glasgow at the start of her new career.John Goss / PSPS Collection

Waverley departs Dunoon to make way for the Turbine Steamer Queen Mary as some of the invited guests look on.John Goss / PSPS Collection

Waverley makes her approach to Dunoon Pier for the return sailing to Glasgow.John Goss / PSPS Collection

Waverley heads upriver to Glasgow after her first passenger sailing in preservation.John Goss / PSPS Collection

Many thought the venture would be a short lived affair but Waverley continues to churn the waters of the Clyde and around the UK. With continued support her paddles will continue to do so for many years to come.

October 2021