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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Paddle Steamer Waverley at Yarmouth Pier.

1946 Launched on 2nd October at builders A&J Inglis, Pointhouse, Glasgow by Lady Matthews, wife of LNER Chairman. The yard is now the site of the Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport.
1947 Entered service on 16th June, primarily on the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) Craigendoran (railhead) service to Arrochar at the head of Loch Long.
1948 Following railway nationalisation Waverley transferred to British Transport Commission ownership and received buff funnels with black tops.
1951 Transferred to the Caledonian Steam Packet Co, former pre-nationalisation rivals of the LNER and the name adopted for the consolidated fleet.
Deckhouses were repainted white – but paddle boxes remained, for the time being, black.
1957 Converted in time for the 1957 season to burn oil, replacing coal as fuel.
1959 Black paddle boxes (LNER/BTC legacy) were painted “Caledonian” white.
1960 Radar fitted.
1961 Welded forward funnel replaced the original stack.
1962 New welded funnel aft fitted – but the rake of each funnel was different, giving an odd appearance from various angles.
1965 Received the “Monastral blue” hull colours of British Rail steamers. The traditional Caledonian funnel colour remained, but with the addition of red lions rampant.
1969 Hull colour reverted to black as the Caledonian Steam Packet Company was taken over by a new state entity, the Scottish Transport Group.
1972 Black paddle boxes restored. The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society was keen that the ship’s status as a paddler was highlighted.
1973 Following the merger of the Caledonian Steam Packet Co into Caledonian MacBrayne, the funnels were repainted red, with yellow disc and lions retained.
Withdrawn from service in at the end September by Caledonian MacBrayne.
1974 Sold to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) forefronted by Douglas McGowan and Terry Sylvester for a token £1 fee.
1975 Re-entered service on 22nd May, owned by Waverley Steam Navigation Co on behalf of PSPS in colours approximating those of the LNER (but with white deckhouses).
Sailed from Anderston Quay, Glasgow, where WSN also established their offices.
1977 On 28th April Waverley left the Clyde for the first time to cruise from Liverpool and Llandudno, celebrating the centenary of Llandudno Pier.
Faced an uncertain future after running aground on the Gantocks rocks off Dunoon on 15th July and losing six weeks worth of vital revenue.
1978 Sailed from Stobcross Quay (where the ship’s offices were also relocated) due to demolition of old offices and warehouses for urban renewal along the Clyde.
Sailings extended to the south coast of the UK. Read more…
First visit on 29th April to the Thames and Tower Pier, setting the pattern for future seasons. Read more…
1980 Cruised to Cap Griz Nez off the French coast on 12/5/80 for 40th anniversary of Dunkirk evacuation – where the LNER lost PS Waverley (of 1899).
1981 The original double-ended Scotch boiler is replaced with a Babcock boiler offering better operational and economic performance.
Berth and offices relocated to Lancefield Quay as riverside redevelopment progressed.
The ambitious cruise programme involved circumnavigating the Great Britain for the first time.
1983 Third and final circumnavigation of Great Britain visiting the Western Isles, Bristol Channel, Thames, Humber, Tees, Tyne, Forth and Tay.
1985 First visit to the Irish Republic and the Isle of Man.
1986 Waverley’s home berth reverted to Anderston Quay but the Waverley Excursions office remained at Lancefield Quay.
1990 Sailed to Dunkirk for the 50th anniversary remembrance.
1998 Awarded £7m Heritage Lottery Fund partnership funding for a comprehensive rebuild.
1999 Changes to safety legislation delayed the rebuild and Waverley sailed as normal.
2000 Heritage Rebuild Phase 1 commenced in January at George Prior Engineering, Great Yarmouth with Waverley receiving two new boilers.
Returned to service in August.
2002 Returned to George Prior Engineering in the winter of 2002-03 for Heritage Rebuild Phase 2 with major works including rebuilding the Jeanie Deans Lounge, a new forward deck shelter and improved crew accommodation.
2004 Plans for a new bridge over the Clyde would make Anderston Quay inaccessible, so Waverley moved to the south bank at Plantation Quay (at the Science Centre).
2011 Expensive repairs and lost sailing time led to a national appeal to “Save the Waverley” and a rescuing donation from Euromillions lottery winners, the Weirs.
2015 Appeared without the scumbling (woodgrain effect) on its deck saloons – due to the prohibitive cost and feasibility of renewing the traditional effect.
2019 Entire sailing season cancelled on 10th May after both boilers are found to be beyond repair. Read more…
Scottish Government gives £1m to boiler refit appeal. Read more…
Boiler refit appeal achieves 100% of target raising £2.3m with donations from over 8,500 individuals. Read more…
2020 Boiler refit begins. Read more…