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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...

Waverley in Exercise with RAF Rescue Helicopter off Clacton


On Sunday 4th October, while on passage between Harwich and Clacton, RAF Rescue Helicopter ZH540, from B Flight RAF 22 Squadron based at Wattisham, carried out an exercise with PS Waverley and landed one of the aircraft crew on Waverley's deck. I've seen the Coastguard helicopters come and take a close look at Waverley on...

Waverley’s Trafalgar Day on the Clyde


(Apologies for the 'greyness' of some of these images - the north bank of the Clyde is not ideal for southfacing shots in October - the sun was not enough to improve the situation but enough to cause frustration) Usually on Trafalgar day each year Waverley's crew are busy putting the vessel into winter hibernation but...

Waverley’s Clyde Finale


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After a very calm and quick return home from London Waverley prepared for her final four days of public sailings for 2009 (16th to 19th Oct) plus a very special private charter to naval shipbuilder BVT Surface Fleet Solutions on Trafalgar Day for the launch of the fifth and penultimate...

Our Paddler Returns…


Waverley returned from her South Coast and Thames season yesterday (Wednesday) in readiness for her final weekend of sailings for 2009. Alasdair MacKenzie captured her as she approached Greenock. ...

And Once You’ve Said Goodbye QM2…


Why not come ashore at Greenock and head to the Royal West Amateur Boat Club, listen to some good music and raise money for Waverley all at the same time? Book tickets at the Boat Club by calling 01475 723260 - evenings and Sat/Sun afternoons See below... ...

Paddle Tug on the Clyde


The following embedded YouTube film clip shows a short excerpt of film from the famous John Brown shipyard at Clydebank. There is a very short sequence showing a paddle tug at the stern of a cargo vessel passing upriver - it appears to be one of the renowned Clyde Shipping Company tug fleet - possibly...

Two Days in August


A few pictures of Waverley during an August day in 2009, courtesy of Richard Dennis: One of the all too few summer days in August 2009, Waverley passing the Mirren Shore at Port Glasgow. Above, Waverley passing off the Inverclyde shoreline, formerly the site of...

Waverley’s last summer weekend on the Clyde for 2009


Waverley's last weekend of her summer season on the Clyde is usually a very busy one with heavy loadings for the Cowal Games on the Saturday. 2009 was no exception with a good number transported direct from Glasgow to Dunoon on Saturday morning. After unloading at Dunoon, Waverley returned to Greenock to take up...

Cowal Games Berth – and the ‘new’ Engineer.


The 'Cowal Games' at Dunoon (or the Cowal Highland Gathering to give the event its proper title) is always one of the busiest days in Waverley's year. In recent years it has begun with a direct Glasgow to Dunoon sailing followed by the ship doubling back to Greenock to pick up her normal Saturday excursion,...

Two Waverley Stalwarts



Above: Great to see them back aboard - Jim Clark (fiddle) and Ian Moffat (Accordian)

For a large part of her preservation years passengers aboard Waverley have been entertained by a wide variety of musicians. Jim Clark, accompanied by the late Len Edwards, and by Ian Moffat have combined the entertainment with...

BBC Filming Aboard Waverley 24th August


Just a wee note to say the BBC will be filming on board Waverley on Monday August 24th for their programme "Country Tracks".

The film crew will board the steamer at Girvan and will be filming during the cruise round Ailsa Craig.

Arrangements have been made to interview a couple of Branch Committee Members but any PSPS...

Waverley in Switzerland



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This week a number of Waverley crew members and enthusiasts have been enjoying some Swiss steamer sailings. Earlier in the week I met up with Waverley's Iain McCorkindale i.e. Corky and John Sims on Lake Lucerne where we enjoyed some sailings on the four operational paddlers Uri,...

No Cruise for the Crews! – Chairman’s Blog No. 9


I was fortunate enough to be anchored off Lamlash the other night in David Edward’s fine yacht, Enigma. As is often the case, over the course of consuming a modest amount of Scotland’s finest exports, namely Malt Whisky, Oatcakes and cheese, the conversation turned to all things Waverley. One comment that struck a chord concerned...

Waverley – Lifeboat Day, the Founder and Glasgow River Festival


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The middle weekend of Glasgow Fair, being also the weekend of the Glasgow River Festival and the annual Lifeboat Day at Tighnabruaich, turned out to be a very busy period for the paddler. On the Friday, the popular daytime cruise to Rothesay was followed by a very successful...

Six Minutes at Govan


The following two views illustrate some variety of transport on the Clyde in the summer of 2009 - both views were taken from the new Meadowside Quay Walk looking across to the BVT Surface Fleet shipyard at Govan.


Sunday 19th July 2009 at 09:06AM - Loch Lomond Seaplane's Cessna 200 G-MDJE passing...

Yet Another Glasgow River Festival is Upon Us!!


Over Sat 25th & Sun 26th July the banks of the River Clyde will once again come alive as the Glasgow River Festival swings into action.

As ever the Scottish Branch will have a stand at the festival located in front of the Crowne Plazza Hotel just across from Bells Bridge.

On Sunday this year we are...

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

Celtic Radio 0141...

Clyde Season 2009 Steaming Along – Doon the Watter on Waverley


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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...