- 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.
- Lady Matthews, wife of LNER Chairman, launched Waverley 2nd October.
- Entered service on 16th June, primarily on the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) Craigendoran (railhead) service to Arrochar at the head of Loch Long.
- Following railway nationalisation Waverley transferred to British Transport Commission ownership and received buff funnels with black tops.
- 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.
- Converted in time for the 1957 season to burn oil, replacing coal as fuel.
- Black paddle boxes (LNER/BTC legacy) were painted “Caledonian” white.
- Welded forward funnel replaced the original stack.
- New welded funnel aft fitted – but the rake of each funnel was different, giving an odd appearance from various angles.
- Received the “Monastral blue” hull colours of British Rail steamers. The traditional Caledonian funnel colour remained, but with the addition of red lions rampant.
- Hull colour reverted to black as the Caledonian Steam Packet Company was taken over by a new state entity, the Scottish Transport Group.
- Black paddle boxes restored. The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society was keen that the ship’s status as a paddler was highlighted.
- 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- Withdrawn from service in at the end September by Caledonian MacBrayne.
- Sold to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) forefronted by Douglas McGowan and Terry Sylvester for a token £1 fee.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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…
- 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).
- 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.
- Third and final circumnavigation of Great Britain visiting the Western Isles, Bristol Channel, Thames, Humber, Tees, Tyne, Forth and Tay.
- First visit to the Irish Republic and the Isle of Man.
- Waverley’s home berth reverted to Anderston Quay but the Waverley Excursions office remained at Lancefield Quay.
- Sailed to Dunkirk for the 50th anniversary remembrance.
- Awarded £7m Heritage Lottery Fund partnership funding for a comprehensive rebuild.
- Changes to safety legislation delayed the rebuild and Waverley sailed as normal.
- 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.
- 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…
- 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).
- 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.
- Appeared without the scumbling (woodgrain effect) on its deck saloons – due to the prohibitive cost and feasibility of renewing the traditional effect.
- 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…
- 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…