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Unterwalden Rebuild


As mentioned in the current winter issue of Paddle Wheels MPV Vevey has been withdrawn from service on Lake Geneva which leaves 5 operational paddle steamers on Lake Geneva. In 2011 there will once again be 5 operational paddle steamers on Lake Lucerne when Unterwalden re-enters service in the spring. Unterwalden last sailed in 2008...

Inglis Shipyard becomes the Riverside Museum



As 2010 enters its final fortnight we reflect that next year will see the opening of the new £80m Riverside Museum (of Transport and maritime heritage) on Pointhouse Quay at the confluence of the Rivers Clyde and Kelvin. The titanium and glass clad museum building occupies the site...

End of an Old Season – Beginnings of the New Season!



The last passengers of the season stream off Waverley at Glasgow Science Centre as the 2010 season came to an end on Sunday 17th October.
Great to see the "early buds" of the new season in 2011 already peeping through the WEL website - click on the moving banner above...

Down to See the Engines



I reckon this Waverley video dates from circa 1990. It has been split into 5 parts for loading up to YouTube. Links to all five parts are given below although you can also navigate between them if you go onto the YouTube site. Its amazing to think that 2 decades  have passed since this film...

MV Balmoral Short-listed for 2010 People’sMillions Grant – Please Vote & Support



MV Balmoral, the Glasgow-owned, Bristol-based historic excursion vessel has been short-listed for a £50,000 grant from the 2010 ITV Peoples Millions competition. If successful the grant will be used to assist refurbishing the vessel's Britannia Lounge (named after the Clyde-built P&A Campbell paddle steamer Britannia), the main passenger lounge...

Waverley and Queen Victoria


 Excellent Gerry Ward video of Waverley escorting the Queen Victoria on the Cunarder's first Visit to Clydeside in July 2010. The Queen Victoria's arrival on the Clyde kindled memories of a story related to the first Cunard Queen, the Clydebank-built Queen Mary. Prior to her all of Cunard's transatlantic liners had borne names ending with...

Waverley on YouTube – old and new


There is now a large number of videos of Waverley on the internet video website YouTube. Some depict the ship in her pre-rebuild days and a few of these are digitised versions of old cine film from pre-camcorder days. At the other end of the scale are amazing quality material produced...

Diesel Electric Paddler


This YouTube video is a tribute to the diesel electric paddle vessel Vevey which 'retired' on 30 September 2010 after 103 years service on Lake Leman, joining DEPV Italie and DEPV Helvetie in the laid up fleet at their owner's shipyard in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The three diesel electric paddlers were all originally built as steamers but...

Swiss Steamer Rudder Riders


Re following link - officially its not alllowed but its been going on since my first paddle steamer trip in Switzerland in 1975 and probably much longer. Youths of the lakes, especially Lake Leman, surf on top of the large rudders of the lake steamers until distance from shore or a swift turn of the helm...

Queen Elizabeth


On Tuesday 12th October P.S.Waverley operated a special cruise from Ryde, Portsmouth and Southampton to escort the new Cunard Liner our of Southampton at the start of her Maiden Voyage.
Queen Elizabeth alongside Southampton Ocean Terminal with the preserved Tug Tender Calshot
                                

Wessex Branch presentation to Purser Jim


After 23 seasons on the Waverley Purser Jim is retiring at the end of the season, on the final south coast sailing of the season the Wessex Branch presented him with a card and cheque and wished him a long and happy retirement.
We will all miss Jim friendly face onboard in the coming seasons. 

Presentation to the Don’s



A presentation was made onboard Waverley on  Wednesday 22nd September to mark the retirement the two Don's, Don Drayton and Don Thompson. For many years they have organised the daily raffles for the Wessex Branch onboard Waverley and Balmoral on the south coast raising many thousands of pounds.
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Au Revoir ‘Jimmy Tickets’


Jim the Purser, on the paddlebox of his beloved Waverley, at the Isle of Tiree
(picture by Helen Strachan)

Waverley's final sailing of the 2010 season on Sunday 17th October brought the retiral of one of her longest serving crew members, Chief Purser Jim MacFadzean, after 23 summer...

Dr James Moore


On this day, Waverley's last sailing day of the 2010 season, it is with deep regret that we have to record the passing of one of her greatest supporters during the 35 years that she has been under operational preservation. PSPS member Dr James Moore answered the call during the early days of the paddler's operation by...

Waverley says Bon Voyage to new Cunarder.


On Tuesday 12th October Waverley undertook a sell out cruise to view and escort newly delivered Cunard cruise ship Queen Elizabeth leaving Southampton on her Maiden Voyage.

This is the second cunarder Waverley has escorted in 2010, the first being QE's Vista class sister Queen Victoria when she visited Greenock in July.

Photos can be found here &

Chairman’s Blog No. 13 – PS Lincoln Castle Update.


As you may recall the PSPS were offered the former Humber Car / Passenger paddler Lincoln Castle earlier this year. For very real reasons the society council made the difficult decision not to take on the ageing vessel due to the level of work required to make her a viable entity for ongoing preservation whilst...

La Suisse 2009


After looking at the video clips suggested by Stuart I thought I could share some pictures taken of La Suisse when I visited Lake Geneva in 2009. ...

Rebuilding La Suisse


Some interesting short High Definition videos of the recent circa £12m (if I remember correctly) rebuild and re-entry to service of the Lake Leman (Lake of Geneva) paddle steamer and flagship La Suisse, which has been celebrating her 100th year on the lake in 2010.

The videos appear on YouTube and, as I could not get...

The Three Lochs



Another short story from Robin Copland - this time focussing on a trip more than a particular vessel.
Photos are all copyright and cannot be duplicated elsewhere without premission of the holder.


Buses have never done anything for me – really, they haven’t. It is funny how very early in your life, you take a scunner to something,...

Sailing up the Clyde on Paddle Steamer Caledonia in 1965



A super colour film of the weekly Friday cruise up the River Clyde to  Glasgow on one of the paddle steamers of the Caledonian Steam Packet Company. The film dates from 1965 (probably August). The Friday upriver sailing was shared by the paddle steamers Caledonia and Waverley. In this film we join the Caledonia at Gourock...

Waverley commemorates the 70th anniversary of Dunkirk


On Wednesday 8th September in the Western Solent paddle steamer Waverley stopped to commemorate the part played by her predecessor HMS Waverley during Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Allied Forces from the beaches of Dunkirk 70 years ago.


The present Waverley was built in 1947 to replace...

End of Season Sunshine


After a dismal July it was good to see Waverley enjoy better weather and loadings in August. The last 2 days of her main Clyde season were particularly good with blue skies and crystal clear views - the following pictures were taken during the last half hour of the final day sailing to Ailsa Craig...

Big Queue


Good to hear and see that the paddler has been attracting good numbers in August 2010 following the atrocious weather conditions in July. The picture below shows the big queue that was awaiting her arrival at Largs pier on Sunday 22nd August for the 'one-off' sailing to Ardeishaig. This would have been Waverley's first call...