Author: Paul Semple

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

Balmoral Volunteers at Work

This video shows volunteers at work aboard Balmoral at her berth in Bristol City Docks on Tuesday 18th March 2014.

Waverley 1975 Documentary Film

The room was packed for the March meeting of the Scottish Branch during which the three presenters looked back at 40 years of Waverley Steam Navigation Company.

Ship Ahoy! – At The Tall Ship

Following the success of the Ship Ahoy Maritime Heritage Exhibition last year, the Ship Ahoy Team has decided to mount a similar exhibition, in a new venue, on Saturday 5th April 2014.

Balmoral Latest News

Preparations are now well underway for MV Balmoral to at last leave her berth in Bristol City Docks for the Sharpness Dry Dock.

Waverley Charters 2014

The Scottish Branch has arranged two charters for 2014; the Branch’s annual fundraising cruise on 26th June and a full day charter on 8th August marking the 40th anniversary of the sale of Waverley to the Society.

The Swiss Class of 1914

In 2014 three Swiss Paddle Steamers celebrate their 100th birthday. The class of 1914 includes Stadt Rapperswil on Lake Zurich, Savoie on Lake Geneva and Lötschberg on Lake Brienz.

Festive Cruise 2013

Considering the recent weather there was a little doubt cast over the Scottish Branch Festive Cruise but fortunately the weather abated sufficiently, allowing the Branch charter to go ahead as planned.

Voyage of the Maid DVD

Voyage of the Maid is a new DVD which tells the story of Loch Lomond’s last paddle steamer, Maid of the Loch. The DVD has been produced to help raise funds for the appeal to get the Maid back in steam and sailing on Loch Lomond one again. The appeal, launched just nine months ago,…
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River Clyde on Landward

In the final part of a feature on the River Clyde, BBC 2 Scotland programme Landward takes a journey down the River on Waverley. Dougie Vipond speaks with Waverley relief master Iain Jamieson and observes how the landscape of the river has changed with the demise of the Clyde shipbuilding industry.

Medway Queen Departs Avonmouth

On Friday 15th November Medway Queen departed Avonmouth docks to continue her journey under tow to the Medway after waiting for a suitable weather window. Chris Jones recorded the departure above and further photographs can be seen at Since leaving Avonmouth progress has been excellent with the ship making way along the English Channel…
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Medway Queen Leaves Bristol

Since Medway Queen’s departure from Bristol on Thursday 31st October several videos have appeared on YouTube.

Waverley departs for Liverpool

Waverley finally left Glasgow at 1630 on Saturday 1st June heading for Liverpool after being delayed due to a technical issue. Over the past few days both crew and volunteers put in a tremendous effort to try and ensure that Waverley was able to reach Liverpool for her first sailing on Saturday but unfortunately circumstances prevented…
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Waverley in Dry Dock

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.