Author: Paul Semple

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

Waverley Grand Draw 2016 – Winners Announced

The winners have been announced for the Waverley Grand Draw 2016.

Waverley Reaches her 70th

Waverley was launched 70 years ago on Wednesday 2nd October 1946.

Waverley at Bournemouth in 2016

A selection of photographs of Waverley at Bournemouth supplied by Carl Draper (Waveslider Photography).

MV Balmoral Bound for the Clyde

Motor Vessel Balmoral will return to the Clyde for the Glasgow September Holiday weekend.

Anyone for Campbeltown?

On Sunday 14th August Waverley offered her annual return sailing from Glasgow to Campbeltown via Largs and Lochranza.

Waverley Evening Charter to the Kyles

A report on the Scottish Branch Wednesday 20th July evening charter of Waverley round Bute and through the Kyles of Bute.

Waverley Evening Cruise from Largs – For 1 Night Only!

Book tickets now for Waverley’s unique evening cruise from Largs and Millport on Wednesday 20th July.

Ullswater Outing for Scottish Branch

A report on the joint PSPS/CCA outing to Ullswater on Saturday 11th June.

Waverley’s Spring Sailings 2016

Some images from Waverley’s Spring sailings for the 2016 season.

A First for Waverley – Evening Cruise Round Bute from Tighnabruaich

The PSPS (Scottish Branch) annual charter of Waverley will offer an evening cruise round Bute from Tighnabruaich, Largs and Millport (Keppel Pier) – a cruise which has never been offered before!

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ Trip – Saturday 11th June 2016

On Saturday 11th June the Scottish Branch is arranging an outing to Ullswater – tickets are on sale now.

Ship Ahoy! – Maritime Heritage Exhibition

Ship Ahoy! 2016 will be held on board The Tall Ship Glenlee on Saturday 16th April from 10am with free entry for all.

PSPS Members Meeting in Kingswear – Saturday 7th May 2016

In addition to the previously published Wessex and Dart Branch meeting syllabus an additional Members’ afternoon meeting at the Royal Dart Yacht Club, Kingswear has now been arranged.

Festive Cruise 2015

The Scottish Branch Festive Cruise is on Monday 28th December, tickets on sale now.

Waverley’s Final Weekend of the 2015 Season

A report on Waverley’s final weekend of the 2015 season.

Waverley from the Bridge

The first winter meeting of the Scottish Branch will be on Friday 16th Oct at 7:30 pm when David Howie shares his experiences of ‘driving’ Waverley.

Waverley for Tarbert

On Sunday 16th August the sun helped attracted good passenger loadings for her annual Glasgow to Tarbert Sunday run.

Waverley Evening Charter

Join Waverley for a unique evening cruise on Thursday 25th June from Greenock, Kilcreggan or Dunoon.

Waverley Times now on Sale

A special commemorative Edition of Waverley Times is now on sale to mark 40 years of Waverley sailing in preservation.

Balmoral Sold for £1

On Thursday 21st May Iain Dewar handed over a £1 coin to Waverley Steam Navigation Company to finalise the sale of Balmoral.

Forth Belle Cruise

The Coastal Cruising Association and the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (Scottish Branch) are jointly arranging a cruise on the Forth Belle on Sunday 14th June.

Delta Queen Update

The current edition of Paddle Wheels reported that the famous Delta Queen had been bought by new owners intent on returning her to service. She actually left Chattanooga on 22nd March and at the time of writing is being propelled through Kentucky to a boatyard in Louisiana by a pusher tug. Expected to arrive on…
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Ship Ahoy! – Maritime Exhibition

Ship Ahoy! 2015 will take place on Saturday 11th April at the Maritime Museum, Irvine – FREE admission between 10am and 5pm.

2014 – A Pictorial Look Back

A brief pictorial review of Waverley’s 2014 sailings in Scottish waters.

Tickets Selling Fast!

Tickets are selling fast for the Scottish Branch charter on Friday 8th August.

Evening Sunset Cruise from Largs & Keppel Pier

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.

Power Wash for Balmoral

Work contiunes on Balmoral in Sharpness dry dock with a full power wash of the underwater hull.

Progress at Sharpness

Great progress has been made on Balmoral with some replating now being carried out.

Balmoral Arrives at Sharpness

MV Balmoral departed Bristol early on Monday 12th May bound for dry dock at Sharpness. She is now in dry dock where a full inspection of her hull can be carried out. To help ensure that she sails again please donate online now.

2014 Waverley Western Isles and Clyde Timetables

The completed Clyde and Western Isles timetables for Waverley have now been published. There are some unique sailings on offer this year and tickets are now available.