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Rails & Sails 2009 – Glasgow Museum of Transport


This weekend the branch will attend the annual Rails & Sails event held at the Glasgow Museum of Transport.

Come out of the cold and into the Museum of Transport this January and enjoy a weekend of hands-on family fun.Have a go at model boating with the Richmond Model Boat Club’s big indoor pond.Or what about...

Willing Volunteers – Chairman’s Blog No. 7


(Words Stuart Mears, Pics John MacFarlane & Chris Hendry) Gavin, my Jiminy Cricket for writing articles for the Blog has been pestering... err... motivating me to write a wee article on winter work parties on Waverley, specifically the first party of the season which was last Saturday. My first thought was "How would I know what went...

Volunteer Work Parties on Waverley


Yes, its that time of the year again - time to begin the process of getting our old ship ready to sail in 2009! Work parties start on board Waverley at her berth adjacent to Glasgow Science Centre tomorrow at 10am. Car parking is via the Science Centre - you...

Membership Fees Revised for 2009


As of 1st January 2009 the Society have increased the membership rates:

Please refer to top left hand side column for the new rates. This is the first rate increase for around 10 years and is required to meet the ever increasing costs of running the society thus ensuring that we...

Happy New Year to all


Here's hoping that 2009 will bring some much needed sunshine and great passenger numbers to support the continued operation of our favourite ships. A festive paddle steamer shot from Lake Lucerne with Santa climbing into the paddlebox of the former paddle steamer Wilhelm Tell which is now operated as a...

Festive Ice in the Sun – Chairman’s Blog No. 6


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For the second year in a row, our Scottish Branch Festive Cruise was held in the finest weather for this time of year. Flat Calm, Cold, Crisp, Sunny, and Bright. Our river looked like the best ever tourist brochure photographs for Scotland!

With ticket sales for this year topping out most...

Branch Festive Lunch Cruise 2008


Yes folks it getting towards that time of year again - you know - the one where we all eat and drink far too much, watch the Wizard of Oz and The Great Escape for the zillionth time on Christmas Day and then eat Turkey for the next month!! Well how about getting away from all...

A Great Night – supporting PS Waverley


A quick note to thank Scottish Branch Committee Member Charles McCrossan for his part in the organisation of a new venture to raise funds for the Waverley. (A number of Scottish Branch members also assisted but I'll not try to mention them in case I leave someone out)

On 28th November a special concert was held...

Waverley Fund Raiser Reminder


Just a quick reminder that TOMORROW (Friday 28th November) is a very important date. A brand new type of Waverley fund raising event is taking place in Glasgow tomorrow night. It's a Fund Raising Concert at St. Andrews in the Square... see here for details. A lot of people have put a lot of hard work into...

Branch Stand at Model Rail Greenock


The branch will have its usual stand at Greenock's annual Model Rail Exhibition - held in the Town Hall on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th November.

Opening times as follows:

Sat: 1000 - 1700

Sun: 1200 - 1700


A good mix of Branch Committee members and volunteers will be on the stand over the course of the weekend and...

APOLOGIES FOR DOWNTIME


Hi Folks,

Unfortunately there was a problem with the domain name change and we have had to revert to our original address.

Please accept our apologies - we will find out what the problem was and give another go in the future!!

PSPS Scottish Branch...

IMPORTANT NOTICE – BLOG DOMAIN NAME CHANGE UNDERWAY


We are in the process of switching to a custom domain. When this is complete the existing address will still work but viewers will be able to access the site using the following addresses:

pspsscotland.com, pspsscotland.net

Whilst this transition takes place access to the blog will be limited and some posts will not display.

Apologies for this -...

MedEvac Exercise with Waverley.


Whilst enjoying a cruise round the Isle of Wight in September we were aware of a helicopter approaching. This turned out to be a MedEvac exercise of which Waverley would be the focal point.


The following videos (shot from my mobile phone hence the quality) were taken during the exercise.


(May take a while to load depending...

More “Firsts” for MV Balmoral


I have already recorded MV Balmoral's unusual calls on Sunday 28th September 2008 and related the sad story of being taken unawares when she berthed at a different point to that expected, resulting in disappointing photographs of the special occasion. However, one of the River Clyde's prolific shipping photographers, John Newth, was in the right place...

New Masts for a Maid


After period of over a quarter of a century the statically-preserved paddle steamer Maid of the Loch has had her original profile restored with the addition of two new masts. As built in 1953 the ship had two full masts as was typical on the latter paddle steamers sailing on the nearby Firth of...

Balmoral Salutes a Retiring Legend


(Clicking on most of the new pictures below will open a larger high resolution view)

On Sunday 5th October the veteran Waverley Excursions motor ship Balmoral played a significant part in the final visit of one of the greatest ships that the world has ever known to the river of her birth . The celebrity was,...

ps Waverley – Final Call at Tarbert, Loch Fyne 2008


(Words G Stewart, Video Footage S McKechnie)

The branch are always keen to involve it's members where ever possible. I first met Stephen a couple of years back when he partcipated in our Voluntary Assistance survey and he has been very active helping out every since.

Stephen can be seen throughout the sailing season camera in hand...

Strange Bedfellows!!


(Words by Gavin Stewart. Photographs by Alistair Black) I think it would be fair to say that Balmoral has visited a good few unusual places during her 20+ years under the Waverley Steam Navigation flag. One such place was Gourock – headquarters of Caledonian Macbrayne – former owners of her fleetmate Waverley. After completing her September weekend...

Lochranza – At Last!!


The motor ship Balmoral is also operated by Waverley Excursions and sails in support of the PS Waverley. Since Lochranza pier re-opened, there have been a number of planned sailings to Lochranza by the Balmoral during her normal September weekend visit to the Clyde but none of these have actually taken place, mostly due to...

A Birthday Cruise to Brodick – Isle of Arran


(photos by the Author & Shelagh Holt) Greetings Paddle People! Just thought I'd tell you a quick story of our last cruise to Brodick on Waverley for 2008. This took place on Thursday 28th August which also doubled up as a belated Birthday celebration for Scottish Branch Assistant Secretary or Waverley Pint Sized Painter (and my better...

Lochranza Traditions


You may have heard of "caber tossing" or "haggis hunting" but have you ever heard of "toilet-roll hurling"? Regular Waverley passengers on the last sailing of the season to Lochranza are assured that this is a traditional ritual exercised each year, when the last Steamer of the season has called at Lochranza, over the...

A & J Inglis – Paddle Steamer Specialists


Scotland's last two paddle steamers, WAVERLEY and MAID OF THE LOCH, share a common heritage in that they were both built by the firm of A & J Inglis Ltd at their Pointhouse shipyard on the River Kelvin near to its confluence with the River Clyde in Glasgow. The firm built about 500 ships in...

Major Refurbishment for Veteran Swiss Paddler



The second oldest of Switzerland’s 15 operational paddle steamers is due to be taken out of service later this month to undergo a major refurbishment. The Lake of Lucerne Paddle Steamer Unterwalden was built 106 years ago by the Zurich-based firm of Escher Wyss. Remarkably, the steamer is still operating with...

New Hull for Dunkirk Veteran Paddler ‘Medway Queen’


Major Step in Restoration of Dunkirk Veteran

(Words by Gavin Stewart, Photos from Author's Collection) In the last week or so news has emerged that Paddle Steamer Medway Queen is to have a new hull built by David Abels (Boatbuilders) of Bristol. Partnership funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Medway Queen Preservation Society has provided the...

The Class of 2008



Well folks, thats Waverley's Clyde Summer Season at an end already. Its been a mixed bag of a season - especially weather wise - but amidst the numerous challenges our ship and her crew have remained positive and worked hard.
The ship is now heading to the South Coast of England for...

The Heart of Our Paddler


When you see Waverley going about her business in one of her many sailing areas throughout the cruising season what do you see?

Well.....the most obvious things are her two red, white and black funnels - rising proudly from the deck - their rake making the ship look like she is doing 18 knots standing still!!...

Prodigal Sons and Daughters – Chairman’s Blog No. 5


Yesterday, Sunday 24th August, on the return leg of the sailing to Lochranza, The Scottish Branch was pleased to welcome back one of it's lapsed, formally stalwart members who has spent a few, though too many years in the wilderness, Mr Willie Ross. Willie has been home from Deep Sea on shore leave for a...

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