71 Years Young!

Supporting the preservation and operation of paddle steamers Waverley and Kingswear Castle

71 Years Young!

On Monday 16th June 1947 the last Clyde paddle steamer built for the London and North Eastern Railway entered service – P.S. Waverley- bringing colour back to many corners of the Clyde after the long period of war.

Waverley backs out of Craigendoran on her first passenger sailing on Monday 16th June 1947. PSPS Collection

It was an early start for the new paddler when she first left Craigendoran bound for Rothesay and then up Loch Long to Arrochar on her maiden voyage. She continued to use Craigendoran and Arrochar Pier until they both closed in 1972.

Waverley approaches Dunoon during her first season in 1947. PSPS Collection

For her first summer Waverley’s roster included an early run to Rothesay. She would then sail via Dunoon to Lochgoilhead and Arrochar, and returned to Craigendoran in time for an evening run to Rothesay and back. The popularity of the sailing was mainly due to it being part of the famous Three Lochs Tour. Passengers would disembark at Arrochar, cross to Tarbet on Loch Lomond and sail by paddle steamer (Princess May or Prince Edward in 1947) to Balloch. A train connection was then available at Balloch.

An L.N.E.R. publicity picture of Waverley’s first master – Captain John Cameron.


Waverley’s current colour scheme is very similar to her L.N.E.R. colours of 1947.

Waverley’s 2018 Clyde summer season starts on Friday 22nd June and runs until Sunday 26th August. Full details are available from Waverley Excursions.

Waverley’s 2018 Clyde timetable.