An update from Waverley Excursions:
Thanks to continuing support our Boiler Refit Appeal to Save Waverley has now reached £2.2 million. Donations continued to flow after the announcement of £1 million from the Scottish Government back in September.
Several charitable trusts have now also contributed to the appeal as well as other organisations taking the running total to within £100,000 of the appeal target.
Waverley will move to Greenock in January to allow work to begin which will see her return to steam for summer 2020. The boiler refit will be the largest refit undertaken since the Heritage Rebuild was concluded in 2003.
The installation of new boilers and electrical equipment will rejuvenate Waverley technically, but she will always require a level of support beyond operating revenue to ensure she continues to sail for many more years to come.
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In 2020 Scotland will celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters with a range of events to inspire visitors and locals to explore and experience Scotland's shores. Paddle Steamer Waverley returning to service is one event worth celebrating!
With 50 days to go until 2020 the Scottish Government and VisitScotland have announced on further events set to make a huge splash in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters.
At the National Museum for Scotland this week industry partners heard the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Fiona Hyslop MSP, outline further wide-ranging events. The Cabinet Secretary started her speech by confirming the £1 million support for Waverley with Waverley remaining the backdrop image for her full presentation.
Make sure you get aboard Waverley in 2020 and experience Scotland’s stunning coasts and waters from the decks of the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world.