Waverley made her triumphant return to service in August 2020 following her boiler refit. However Waverley is now critically short of funds to survive this winter. Without further support she can’t return to service in 2021. We are therefore asking for your help by donating to Waverley’s COVID-19 Relief Appeal.

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Technical Details

Coal-fired Kingswear Castle on the River Dart.


Shipbuilder Built in 1924 by Philip & Son of Dartmouth
Cost £10,333 in 1924, approximately £633,000 today when adjusted for inflation
Engine builder Manufactured in 1904 by Cox & Co of Falmouth and recovered from the earlier PS Kingswear Castle (1904-1923)
Engine type 130HP two cylinder compound reciprocating steam engine with 12″ and 24″ cylinders with a 24″ stroke
Boiler Scotch single furnace return tube, coal-fired, working pressure 120 psi (8 bar). Replaced over the winter of 1961/1962 by a new boiler of similar design and again in 2000
Boiler maker Wellman Robey of Oldbury, Birmingham. Built in 2000 and funded by a grant of £79,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund
Coal capacity 4 tons (4,064kg)
Paddle wheels 10 feet (3m) diameter, fixed wooden floats
Length overall 113 feet, 8 inches (34.7m)
Hull beam 17 feet, 6 ins (5.3m)
Beam overall 28 feet (8.5m)
Draught 4 feet (1.2m)
Gross tonnage 94 (47 nett)
Service speed 8 knots (9 mph / 15kph)
Port of Registry Dartmouth
MCA passenger certificates Class V 235
Class VI 100
Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) 235007618
Radio call sign MCGH6
Operators 1924 – River Dart Steamboat Company
1985 – Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust
2012 – Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company