A Busy Paddler

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

A Busy Paddler

Waverley has continued to attract the crowds over the past few days. Between Friday and Sunday (19th-21st July) she carried around 2000 passengers. Both Saturday and Sunday were sold out in advance with Sunday having been sold out for a few days. The Sunday cruise to Campbeltown from Glasgow is the longest sail timetabled within the Clyde season. A total of 13 hours was on offer for those passengers who stayed aboard for the full cruise, charged at only £2.85 per hour! A few of Waverley’s regular passengers took the option of using the paddler one way and returning on the Isle of Arran as she sailed from Campbeltown to Ardrossan. The Isle of Arran was scheduled to leave Campbeltown at 1655 but as Waverley departed at 1700 prompt the ferry was still loading.

On the return journey Waverley was found to be travelling at just over 16 knots, this turn of speed helped ensure that she arrived back at Lochranza and then Largs on time. The following few pictures were taken over the weekend.

Waverley rests at Tighnabruaich on Saturday 20th July having taken ticket holders only from Glasgow, Greenock and Helensburgh

Leaving Largs for Lochranza on Sunday 21st July
Returning to Campbeltown following her afternoon cruise to the Sanda Isles on Sunday 21st July

Paul Semple