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FOLK BOAT 09 CANCELLATION NOTICE


Owing to a very low uptake in pre-booked, discounted, ticket sales, the Waverley Study Group has regrettably had to take the decision to cancel its proposed Folk Boat 09 charter of PS Waverley on 17th July.

Refunds will be available from points of purchase at:

Waverley Excursions Limited, 0845 130 4647

Tickets Scotland 0870 220 1116

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Clyde Season 2009 Steaming Along – Doon the Watter on Waverley


Note: clicking on photos below will result in a larger, sharper image.

During the course of her sailing week Waverley leaves her base at Plantation Quay, adjacent to the Glasgow Science Centre, on four days for traditional sailings 'doon the watter' (down the River Clyde) to the resorts, lochs and islands of the beautiful...

Back into Service


Following a heavy contact with the breakwater berth at Dunoon in blustery conditions on the first day of her regular Clyde summer sailings (26th June 2009) it was necessary to take Waverley out of service for repair to her port, forward sponson. Fortunally, the Garvel Drydock company at Greenock was able to commence repairs immediately...

ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR LARGS PASSENGERS.


The contents of the following post have been taken directly from the Waverley Excursions website.

"Waverley will sail from Fairlie Quay Marina on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays until July 23 and on Sunday July 19. Car parking is available at £1 per car or passengers can join the free shuttle bus leaving from LargsPier. On Sunday...

Waverley from an unusual angle


Photo by David Alan



Many thousands, probably even millions, of photographs have been taken of Waverley but this shot of her passing through the narrows at the Kyles of Bute, taken this afternoon by David Alan, is from a somewhat unusual angle which not many of us will...

Upgrade to Blog – Feature Presentation


Just a quick one to introduce a new feature on our blog called "Feature Presentation". This can be found on the side bar on the left hand side of the screen and will contain various presentations from photo slideshows, videos, animations etc etc. The presentation will be changed as and when new material becomes available. The presentations...

Birthday Boat Balmoral!!!


Waverley's fleetmate Balmoral continued to celebrate her 60th anniversary in style with a visit to Cowes, Isle of Wight on Saturday. This port of call was familiar territory to the former Red Funnel vessel as the Southampton - Isle of Wight service was the one she was originally built...

You can’t have a birthday without a CAKE


Last week's evening cruise organised by the Scottish Branch of the PSPS had two objectives:
  1. To raise funds for the Scottish Branch in support of keeping Waverley sailing
  2. To recognise that this year the Scottish Branch of the PSPS celebrates it's 40th birthday.
As already reported, the evening was a great success and the weather was...

Clydebank High School Reunion Charter


On 25th June 2009 Waverley was chartered to Clydebank High School for a reunion of former staff and pupils. The following pictures were taken by Mr Tom MacDonald Tom's pictures were taken from the site of the former Beardmore's Dalmuir Naval Construction Works. When Tom started his working life the Dalmuir site was partly...

PSPS Scottish Branch Midsummer Charter


For many years during the 1980s and 1990s the annual PSPS Scottish Branch Midsummer Charter of Waverley enjoyed superb weather but in the last few years there has been some not so good nights - although the atmosphere on board was always great. For the 2009 charter the tremendous...

Two Ships Day on Bristol Channel


Entering service for her 60th year, MV Balmoral made her first sailing of her 2009 season on Wednesday 17th June when she sailed from Bristol, down the River Avon and met up with her fleetmate PS Waverley in the Bristol Channel. The following selection of photos have been provided by Chris Jones.

Waverley as a Music Venue


On Sunday 31st May, the Oban Gaelic Choir with the Sileas Sinclair Band, provided an evening Ceilidh Cruise from Oban to Fort William and back in what can only be described as idyllic sailing conditions. The cruise was a joint fund-raising effort between The Highlands and Islands Music and Dance Festival Committee and Waverley Excursions...

Scottish Branch Mid-Summer Cruise on Waverley


Over many years now the branch have chartered Waverley for an evening cruise - this year is no exception and marks the start of the paddler's Clyde cruising timetable for 2009. For a taster take a look at Shelagh Holt's excellent article on last year's charter here. Please click...

Waverley at Lundy Island


Some pictures from Waverley's first visits in 2009 to Lundy Island. The photographers are Michael McKinnon (like Waverley from Scotland), who is working for the Landmark Trust on Lundy this summer, and long time PSPS member Ashley Gill. Click on the pictures for larger size images.

The first picture (above) of Waverley's...

Waverley at Port Ellen


Returning from Oban at the end of her short programme of sailings in late May 2009, Waverley berthed at Port Ellen on the lovely Isle of Islay. In recent times Waverley has had to omit a number of planned calls at the island port due mainly to weather factors. The...

Waverley in the Bristol Channel


(Photos reproduced with kind permission of Chris Jones) On Thursday June 4th Waverley arrived in the Bristol Channel to undertake two weeks of cruises. The following three shots show her arrival at Avonmouth. Moving on to...

JOIN THE GLASGOW FAIR FRIDAY FOLK BOAT!!



The Waverley Study Group proudly present the Folk Boat '09!
Sail Doon the Watter on the famous Paddle Steamer Waverley and enjoy a great night's music into the bargain!
See flier above for details of how to get your ticket for this unique event.
All monies raised will...

Some More from the Sunny Western Isles


Random Views from Waverley's West Highland weekend.


A large queue of passengers at Glasgow Plantation Quay waits to board Waverley for her first sail of 2009 (click on picture to expand)


Waverley at Oban North Pier with Lord of the Isles at anchor in Ardantraive Bay -...

Haw Maw! The Kettles Huv Boiled!





Two photos taken yesterday by Deryk Docherty as Waverley tests or "floats" her boiler safety valves whilst alongside Custom House Quay, Greenock.
Quite an awesome sound if you're standing in the vicinity when this happens!!
Gavin Stewart




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Waverley’s third move of 2009 – Arriving back in Glasgow


Waverley arriving back upriver after her move from Drydock yesterday,
and a short "shakedown trip" around the upper firth this morning.

Passing the former Elderslie drydocks as she makes
her approach towards her berth at the Science Centre


Safely alongside at the Science Centre at 13:00

All involved...

Waverley’s Second Move of 2009 – Out of Drydock!!


(Words by Gavin Stewart. Pictures by Gerry Deegan) Early in the afternoon of Tuesday 26th May our little paddler came out of her temporary home in Garvel Dry Dock, Greenock. Gerry Deegan - a native of Inverclyde and a former shipyard engineer - was on hand to record the event on camera. Many thanks to Gerry for...

All Over ‘Til Next Winter!



Saturday past was the last official work party of the Winter. The ship is currently in Garvel Drydock, Greenock receiving her annual overhaul and survey which will result in the renewing of her passenger certificate for another year.

The recommissioning of her boilers continues apace and the current date for coming out...

Waverley’s First Move of 2009


Monday 18th May saw P.S. Waverley make her first move downriver from her winter berth in Glasgow - without turning a paddle wheel! In order to allow recommissioning work on the boilers to continue while other routine inspections are carried out in the drydock, Waverley was towed to Greenock where she entered Garvel Drydock late...

Waverley Fund Raising Concert



A Fund Raising Concert in support of the operation of P.S Waverley is being held at

Adeladie's - Bath Street, Glasgow (just at corner with Pitt Street)

Friday 22 May, 2009 7:45 - 10:30

Tickets £8

Available from Tickets Scotland 0870 220 1116

or book on-line at http://www.tickets-scotland.com/ (and scroll down to the date)

More about...

The Year That Was….Chairman’s Blog No. 8


I know this is cheating a bit, but I had to put together the traditional Chairman's Report for the Scottish Branch AGM and thought it might be an idea to include as a blog. It's simply a good time of the year to have a wee summing up of...

Bon Voyage Bob



PSPS and Clyde steamer enthusiasts were well represented at Bob Thomson's funeral in Glasgow today. This picture was on the cover of today's special hymnsheet. - for many it will represent Bob as we knew him and will remember him.

Farewell old friend, thanks for the chat and the shared good times...

Bob Thomson 1926 – 2009


It is with great regret that the branch advise the death of Mr Bob Thomson - a long term supporter of Waverley and Balmoral. Bob died in the early hours of Saturday morning after a period of illness and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. The Scottish Branch would like to extend their sincere...

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