Earlier this week Waverley Excursions reported that Waverley had left her winter berth in Glasgow shortly before 2pm on Wednesday 21st April 2021 under her own power to sail down river to Greenock for her annual dry docking.
A short video of Waverley’s triple expansion steam engine during her journey to dry dock. In normal service it will operate at around 45 rpm but can top 50 rpm if required.
After turning at the Tail of the Bank she berthed at Greenock’s Custom House Quay. Given that news of Waverley’s first move of the year spread quickly, some people gathered to see the ship arrive.
At around 5pm she entered Dales Marine Services dry dock with two tugs maneuvering her in to position behind SD Moorfowl. Moorfowl normally operates out of the British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC) at Kyle of Lochalsh.
During this dry docking the bow will be repaired, a cost covered by insurance. In addition, several paddles will be replaced, the hull will be painted, some steel will be replaced in the port paddle box and a full survey of the hull undertaken.
Waverley Excursions also reported that the COVID-19 Relief Appeal has now reached £330,000, just £20,000 short of target.
Dry docking Waverley is the single largest expense of the winter refit and it is being funded thanks to those who have continued to support the ship.
You can still donate to the appeal here.