Paddle Steamer Waverley at Yarmouth Pier.


1945
  • On 27th December keel of hull number 1330p laid down at A&J Inglis. Pointhouse Yard, Glasgow. Yard is now the site of the Glasgow Riverside Museum.
1946
  • Lady Matthews, wife of LNER Chairman, launched Waverley 2nd October.
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  • Withdrawn from service in at the end September by Caledonian MacBrayne.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. Read more here and here.
  • 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. Read more…
  • 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. Read more…
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…
  • Refit is slowed by the COVID-19 global pandemic. 13th August Waverley moves for the first time using steam produced by the new boilers. Read more…
  • 22nd August Waverley returns to service with the pandemic restricting passenger capacity. Read more…
  • Waverley lands heavily at Brodick Pier on 3rd September bringing a short season to a premature end. Read more…