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

Another Willing Victim! – Chairman’s Blog No. 3

Just a quick blog this time you will be pleased to hear. Part (1) – Firstly a wee bit about the Hospitality Cruise we had on Sunday. I know there is going to be a posting specifically about this, so I will keep this bit brief so as not to pre-empt anything in that posting.…
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Come Along and Meet Us at the Branch Hospitality Event!!

The Scottish Branch will be holding their annual Hospitality Event on board ps Waverley as she sails to Lochranza on the Isle of Arran. These events are always popular and have recently been revised to include a Welcome audio visual presentation by our Branch Chairman in the ship’s Lower Bar after which members can relax…
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Special Waverley Cruise for the Vine Trust

On the evening of 30th July 2008 Waverley visited the Ayrshire port of Ardrossan for the first time in over 20 years. During her years with the Caledonian Steam Packet Company in the 1960s she had visited Ardrossan Harbour quite frequently especially at holiday weekends when she assisted the Arran car ferries on the busy…
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PSPS Summer Charter

Hi. Thought I would post a few pictures taken on the PSPS Scottish Branch Summer charter on 11th July 2008. I’ve been involved with Waverley and the PSPS for a few years now. What started as a sail on Waverley a few years back for the first time as an adult has become now a…
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The Path to Self Enlightenment – Chairman’s Blog No. 2

…Or how I learned to love selling Olsen Draw tickets! Bet the first heading of this post got your attention, or sent you reaching to click off this site! Let me explain… It’s amazing what you learn about people when you’re on the Waverley….again, don’t panic! It’s even more amazing what you can learn about…
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Glasgow River Festival – Part 1

Last weekend saw the branch in action again at the annual Glasgow River Festival held on the River Clyde at Glasgow Science Centre. The branch have attended this event every year since the festival was first held in 2005. That year we were part of a dedicated exhibition marquee. There was no marquee for 2006…
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Withdrawal Symptoms!

Good Evening, Lads & Lassies, Branch President reporting from English airspace! Unlike all you lucky people up there, I am having severe withdrawal symptoms as a result of lack of paddling in 2008. However, I am now on a different lot of tablets. Seriously, this is the first year since 1974 (when there were no…
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Video Clip – Steam Capstan from Flying Buzzard

Not about paddles but definitely steam!! Click on the play button bottom left to play the video clip – please note that it may take a few seconds to start depending on your internet connection speed. Steam Tug Flying Buzzard is a harbour tug built by Ferguson Bros, Port Glasgow in 1951 for the Clyde…
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Come & See Us at The Glasgow River Festival 2008!

The branch will have their usual stand at the Glasgow River Festival this Saturday & Sunday. We will be in the same place as 2007 which is in front of the Crowne Plazza Hotel (North Bank of the River Clyde in front of the SECC). You can park the SECC carpark (approx £4 per day)…
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Chairman’s Blog No. 1

Whilst chatting with some of my colleagues on the committee we thought that a chairman’s blog, to use the modern parlance, might be a useful inclusion to our new Scottish Blog. But I’ve been wondering what to put into such an article. I suppose the obvious choice is a wee bit about what we have…
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Location, Location, Location!!

Fancy a wee challenge? Identify where this shot of Waverley was taken from!! Use the comment facility to post your guess.

One Wheel On Our Paddler!! – Part 2

(All Photos by Iain McCorkindale) We left this story with the paddler’s Port wheel and shaft leaving the yard of Garvel Clyde Ltd in Greenock for a specialist machine shop in Manchester to have remedial works undertaken to resolve the wear issues identified during routine inspection whilst in dry dock. This time we pick the…
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One Wheel On Our Paddler!! – Part 1

On Wednesday 7th May Waverley entered the dry dock of Garvel Clyde Ltd for her annual overhaul and survey Amongst this year’s tasks was the re-painting of the ship’s famous red, white & black funnels and the repainting of the hull. Numerous other small tasks were also being undertaken at the same time. During routine…
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Paddling In the West Highlands

Friday 2nd May – 7.00am Paddle Steamer Waverley was rudely awoken from her winter slumber to sail from Glasgow to Oban for her annual programme of sailings from the West Highland town. After calls at Greenock, Largs and Campbeltown our little paddler left the River Clyde and rounded the Mull of Kintyre. Unfortunately, due to…
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Scottish Branch Evening Charter of PS Waverley

The branch usually charters PS Waverley on an evening in June. This year the date has been revised to Friday 11th July for logistical reasons. Any viewers in the River Clyde area who may wish to attend this event should expand the form above and “Save Picture As”. After you have done this please print…
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Class of 2007

2007 was Waverley’s Diamond Jubilee – marking 60 years since her first public sailing on 16th June 1947. Throughout the 2007 season various events were held to mark this achievement. The crew photograph above was taken by Gavin Stewart on Tighnabruaich Pier on Cowal Games Day 2007 which is held every year during the last…
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Making an Exhibition of Ourselves!!

The branch attend various festivals and exhibitions throughout the year. Our next event will be the Glasgow River Festival which will be held on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July. The picture above shows our stand at last year’s event, which was located just outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel (next to the SECC).

A Blast from The Past….

Our paddler is 61 years old this year – the picture above shows her at Dunoon during her first year in service for the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER). During the winter of 1947-48 Britain’s railways were nationalised and as a result Waverley took on the buff funnel colours of her new owners –…
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Welcome!! – Come away In!

A warm welcome to the new Blogspot for the Scottish Branch of the PSPS!