Commemorating 40 years to the day since Caledonian MacBrayne ‘sold’ Waverley to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for £1.
PS Waverley (1947) is the flagship of the PSPS fleet and the last seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world. She was built on the Clyde in 1946 and sailed from Craigendoran on the Firth of Clyde to Arrochar on Loch Long until 1973. She was bought by the PSPS for the token sum of £1 in 1974.
On Thursday 26th June, under the command of Captain Colledge, Waverley departed Largs for an evening cruise to the Kyles of Bute via Keppel.
Waverley will now call at Keppel Pier rather than Millport Old Pier on the annual Branch fundraising cruise. This year the cruise takes her from Largs and Keppel through the Kyles of Bute.
Martin Longhurst has written an account of Waverley’s first Clyde weekend and the Western Isles sailings.
A short photographic and video record of Waverley’s eight days of cruising around the Western Isles of Scotland.
Waverley departed Pacific Quay at 10am this morning with a good number on board, bursting with anticipation and eager to enjoy her first sailing of the 2014 season to Rothesay.
Waverley left Garvel Dry Dock today and returned to her berth at Pacific Quay in preparation for her 2014 season.
For the first time since October the Clyde echoed to the sound of paddle wheels as Waverley departed Pacific Quay for Greenock and her annual dry docking.
Earlier this evening Waverley hosted a private function. This presented a rare opportunity for a photograph.
Fifty summers ago, in 1964, there were still four paddle steamers operating on the Clyde, the Jeanie Deans, Waverley, Caledonia and Talisman.
Medway Queen has now arrived safely on the River Medway following her departure from Avonmouth.
One of Billy Connolly’s one-liners starts “In Scotland there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing.”
After returning to the Clyde following her visit to the Western Isles Waverley entered Garvel dry dock on the morning of Wednesday 8th May for her annual visit.
Paddle steamer Waverley, in her 65th year as a Clyde excursion steamer, was presented with the 65th IMechE Engineering Heritage Award.