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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Tag: Balmoral

MV Balmoral (1949) is a Bristol-based pleasure steamer. Until 2015 she was owned and operated by Waverley Steam Navigation alongside Waverley.

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Spring 1995


  • Kingswear Castle
  • Scottish Branch silver jubilee
  • We have "Maid" progress!
  • And 50 years ago...
  • Plus 80 years ago... Paddling down the Thames

Winter 1994


  • Launch of Heritage Afloat
  • Teddy bears at sea
  • River closures disrupt sailings
  • Chairman's notes
  • A Vice-President's notebook
  • And 50 years ago...

Summer 1992


  • £300,000 must be raised by 1995 to keep Waverley and Kingswear Castle sailing
  • New looks for Waverley and Balmoral
  • Maid of the Loch's future again in doubt
  • Roddy McIsaac - Bosun, Waverley
  • KC report
  • And 50 years ago...

Spring 1992


  • Russell – take a bow!
  • Captains' Club
  • New propellers for Balmoral
  • KC heard but not seen
  • Work on Ryde's hull
  • Medway Queen report
  • Waverley winter activity
  • And 50 years ago...

Winter 1991


  • Premature end to Waverley's 1991 season
  • KC report - Aylesford trip proves popular
  • Medway Queen
  • Mr. SC Smith-Cox
  • Balmoral to Liverpool
  • And 50 years ago...

Autumn 1991


  • Ryde's uncertain future
  • 50 year wait ends!
  • Parisienne Princess
  • Nick Knight's fine work recalled
  • My trip to the Scillies with Balmoral
  • Kingswear Castle report
  • And 50 years ago...

Spring 1991


  • A Vice President's notebook
  • Waverley's wheels
  • November novelty!
  • Piers in the picture
  • Paddler pot pourri
  • And 50 years ago...

Winter 1990


  • Waverley present as QE2 makes triumphant return
  • Basil's surprise, surprise!
  • So near but yet so far
  • Maid of the Loch and Countess Fiona sold
  • Teddy bears ahoy
  • And 50 years ago...

Summer 1990


  • Easter snow
  • Medway Queen report
  • Find for historical trust
  • Wingfield Castle
  • A Vice-President's notebook
  • And 50 years ago...

Winter 1989


  • Bristol Channel highlights
  • South East
  • Up-river exploration
  • Restoration plan for Maid of the Loch
  • Memorable celebration
  • A Vice President's notebook
  • And 50 years ago...

Autumn 1989


  • Clevedon Pier re-opened
  • Southend Pier's centenary
  • Pilgrimage to Medway Queen
  • Prospects for a record season
  • Balmoral at Yarmouth Pier
  • And 50 years ago...

Summer 1989


  • Balmoral misses spring sailings
  • Bristol Channel branch dinner
  • Medway Queen
  • New Year with the St. Killian
  • And 50 years ago...

Spring 1989


  • Record number of teddy bears sail on Balmoral
  • Wingfield Castle progress
  • Lincoln Castle opens in Grimsby
  • Queen Mary
  • A new Commodore Club ticket
  • Branch news
  • And 50 years ago...

Summer 1988


  • Chairman's comments
  • Bristol Channel Branch
  • Scottish Branch
  • Waverley back in service
  • Promoting Kingswear Castle
  • Medway Queen
  • And 50 years ago...

Winter 1987


  • Boiler problems
  • Clyde's bitter sweet summer
  • Paddle steamer week at Ramsgate
  • Balmoral keeps the flag flying
  • Nine years late
  • New owners for Ryde Queen
  • And 50 years ago...

Autumn 1987


  • KC on the election trail
  • KC in television spotlight
  • Loch Long revisited
  • Bristol Channel decision pays dividend
  • A remarkable trio
  • And 50 years ago...

Winter 1986


  • Paddler back in Bristol
  • Poor Solent weather
  • Kingswear Castle at Whitstable
  • Return of the Gisela
  • Medway Queen
  • And 50 years ago...

Summer 1986


  • Steam heritage award for Kingswear Castle
  • Birth of the 'new' Balmoral
  • Waverley diary
  • Will Maid of the Loch's engine turn again?
  • 40 years to the day at Bristol
  • Paddle steamers of North America

Autumn 1985


  • Balmoral donations flood in!
  • Medway Queen Society formed
  • Revival of a tradition
  • Kingswear Castle report
  • From the Chairman
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