After her triumphant Western Isles visit, the paddler headed south to the Bristol Channel. On the way she took the opportunity to give five cruises in the Republic of Ireland, out of Dublin, Arklow and Wicklow. These took place in good weather, but support from the people of Dublin was not as strong as hoped. However, the calls at the southern ports produced good numbers.
Bad weather caused the cancellation of the day time sailing on Thursday 17th May. However, a civic reception on board still took place alongside Penarth Pier. Terry Sylvester chose this occasion to announce publicly his retirement from the Waverley organisation.
Fair weather returned at the weekend for the steamer’s sailing from Clevedon and Penarth for Minehead and Porlock Bay cruise. Modest numbers joined at the North Somerset pier but numbers were swelled considerably from Penarth. There was a good deal of interest at Minehead with a large passenger exchange taking place.
This article was first published on Martin Longhurst’s Waverley – The Unofficial Site.