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Ship Shape and Bristol (Channel) Fashion!


No sooner have Waverley's Western Isles trips finished but our little paddler is on it's way somewhere else! Somewhere else at the moment is the Bristol Channel where she will spend a couple of weeks entertaining her friends, supporters and the public in general undertaking varied sailings. Her timetable for this area can be found...

Waverley in the Western Isles 2010


I saw Waverley off from Glasgow on the Friday morning and then joined her at Oban for the Sunday evening run up to Fort William and the sailing to Tiree on the Monday.  Two days of glorious weather, great passenger numbers, good company and great sailing.


Its always good to...

More Dunkirk 70th Anniversary Photos


Following on from the previous post - WSN Secretary and Scottish Branch Committee member Deryk Docherty has given permission for a couple of his photos of the ceremony - taken from the port side paddle box.



Waverley goes for a paddle!


With just a week to go to the start of the 2010 season, Waverley sailed downriver from Glasgow to the mouth of Loch Long on Friday 21st May. Some photos from her afternoon out are below. Hopefully the trip to and around Oban, next weekend, will get similar glorious weather, apart from the mist on...

A Sad Day on the Tyne – and the Clyde


The following short video represents the end of yet another era - when the final cranes and the floating drydock from the River Tyne's last shipyard, Swan's at Wallsend, were shipped out to a new yard in India aboard the heavy lift ship Osprey. The floating drydock was shipped on the Osprey's deck with the...

Waverley’s Birthplace Reborn


In just over a year from now the new £85m Riverside Museum that will replace the Glasgow Transport Museum and be expanded to tell the story of the city's industrial heritage will be opening its doors for the first time. The new museum is being constructed on the site of the former A & J Inglis...

Summer’s Coming – Waverley goes to Garvel Drydock


A sure sign that summer is coming (or at least that part of the year that used to be summer) - Waverley made her first voyage of 2010 yesterday when she paddled down from Glasgow to Greenock and entered Garvel Graving Dock for her pre-season overhaul. In fact the vessel looks remarkably good going into...

Medway Queen – Rebuild of a Dunkirk Veteran Part 3


Update on Progress at the Albion Dockyard, Bristol.
(Words G Stewart - Pics Dave Elms)

Almost 12 months have passed since our last article on this historic project and work has been continuing apace at Albion Dry Dock, Bristol.

Time to catch up then!!

On Thursday 15th October this project reached a major milestone when the first hull block...

Chairman’s Blog No. 10 – PS Lincoln Castle


Dear All, By the time you read this, you should have had a letter in your latest Paddle Wheels concerning, our offer of the PS Lincoln Castle currently moored in Grimsby. I will avoid muddying the waters with too much detail about the visit and my impressions, as one of the chief drivers as to what...

Steam Launches on Loch Katrine


During the SS Sir Walter Scott rededication day on Loch Katrine last year the 110 year old steam ship was joined (temporarily) by 2 steam launches. At the following link you can see Neil Warbrick's pictures of the splendid steam launch Dalmore (with a familiar face on board) at the event:

SL Dalmore at Trossachs,...

The Land of the Heederum, Haderum Ho!


A few YouTubes just to get you in the mood for Waverley's upcoming visit to the Inner Hrbrides in late May (with apologies for the almost legendary YouTube mis-match of audio and video - outwith the poster's control!):



The first part is taken from a production called 'Highland Voyage', which was based on the crew of...

Comet Replica to be Refurbished by Local Shipyard


Anyone who has driven through Port Glasgow over the years will not have failed to notice the replica of the Henry Bell's pioneer paddle steamer COMET on display in front of the town hall.

The replica vessel was built by apprentices from Port Glasgow shipbuilders Lithgows and was launched on Sat...

David Hunter Morrison – Obituary


It is with great regret and sadness that we have to record the death of another stalwart supporter of the preserved excursion vessels PS Waverley and MV Balmoral. David Morrison had served in recent years as a director of Waverley Excursions bringing in his considerable business experience from his days as the Financial Director of the...

Waverley In Ayr Harbour



We received an email from branch member Jim McIntosh which included an photo of a print he had purchased from the Waverley Gallery in Prestwick of Waverley in Ayr Harbour. This print has been created from a photograph by Stuart Redmond who has used a technique which makes the photo look...

Coasts of Clyde


The following embedded links take you to YouTube versions of the classic British Transport Films' promotional documentary 'The Coasts of Clyde'. It is loaded in three parts (presumably due file size, bandwidth or some other restrictions). If interested you can buy higher resolution copies of this film on DVD.

I think this film demonstrates why...

The Last Clyde-built Bosphorus Ferries




We often think of Waverley and Maid of the Loch as among the last of the many thousands of reciprocating engine passenger steamers built on the Clyde. Credit for the development of the compound and triple expansion versions of the engine, which finally enabled steam ships to win the battle with sailing vessels for...

Waverley 1st January 2010 – First of How Many?



No doubt the first of many - my first picture of Waverley in 2010 - January 1st at just after 13:00 (click on picture for better sarpness)



It has been claimed, more than once, that Waverley is the most photographed ship in the World. Well that would probably be impossible...

Very Best wishes for 2010 to All Our Readers


Hope everyone has had a good Christmas and are getting over the New Year celebrations. Thats two months gone bye already since Waverley finished her 2009 season and May 2010 is getting nearer.

A couple of photos of PS Waverley under her coat of snow at Pacific Quay, Glasgow, taken last week.




A Clyde Paddler – lost on Christmas Day


The Clyde paddler steamer Mercury, second of the name to serve in the LMS Railway Clyde fleet, was the first of a new breed of paddlers, being fitted with concealed paddleboxes, which when viewed from a distance, could result in the vessel being identified as a screw driven ship. Mercury...

Caledonia Sounds


A few pics of the late Colin MacDonald and his Caledonia Sounds during their long association with Waverley on the Clyde.

Colin McDonald


Sadly one of the stalwarts of Waverley musician Colin McDonald has passed away after a brave fight against cancer.
Colin and his band Caledonia spent some 16 summer seasons entertaining Waverley passengers in the Jeannie Deans lounge and his devotion to the ship was legendary to all who knew him. Colin was not only the leader...

QM2 Reprise


Interesting picture of Waverley and the liner QM2 as the latter departs Greenock in October 2009 can be seen at the following Flickr link


http://www.flickr.com/photos/seapigeon/4027619854/sizes/o/in/pool-27359622@N00/

and another two from earlier in the day

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmktid/4029922476/sizes/o/in/pool-27359622@N00/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/seapigeon/4026865863/sizes/o/in/pool-27359622@N00/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/zak355/4026367335/in/pool-pswaverley...