Category: Reflections

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

Waverley’s First Day in Service – 16th June 1947

Waverley’s first day in service.

PS Ripon Arrives at Southampton 3rd April 1864

General Giuseppe Garibaldi arrived in Southampton aboard PS Ripon for a meeting with Prime Minister Palmerston.

Waverley 2002 – Waverley at Easter

The mighty paddler came out of hibernation for five days over Easter 2002.

Waverley 2002 – Waverley out of Dry Dock

The mighty paddler left dry dock on Thursday 7th March 2002.

Waverley 2002 – Waverley in Dry Dock

On Monday 18th February 2002, Waverley entered the Garvel Dry Dock at Greenock for her hull survey.

Waverley 2001 – Waverley’s Winter Cruises

Report on the first of Waverley’s two evening pre-Christmas dinner cruises.

Waverley 2001 – Autumn Bristol Channel Weekend

Bad weather delayed Waverley’s arrival resulting in the cancellation of the first two sailings of the weekend.

Waverley 2001 – Last Week on the Thames

Waverley’s last week of the 2001 Thames season.

Waverley 2001 – From Sun to Storm

Recalling the first seven days of the 2001 season on the Thames.

Waverley 2001 – A Pluvious Weekend

Waverley sails to Clacton and Tilbury and visits the Thames Forts.

Waverley 1973 – Five Lochs Cruise – 29th September 1973

On Saturday 29th September 1973 the PSPS chartered Waverley for a “Five Lochs Cruise”. It was to be Waverley’s final month in service with Caledonian MacBrayne.

Waverley 2001 – First call at Harwich Halfpenny Pier

Waverley’s first call at Harwich’s Halfpenny Pier.

PS Mountaineer Grounded on 27th September 1889

PS Mountaineer, the first ship ordered by David Hutcheson & Company, grounded on 27th September 1889.

Waverley 2001 – From Solent to Thames

Waverley’s final sailings on the Solent before departing for the Thames.

Waverley 2001 – Indian Summer on the Solent

Clydebuilt ships reunited. Steamship Shieldhall and Waverley meet in the Solent.

Waverley 2001 – Second Weekend on the Solent

The second weekend on the Solent saw Waverley’s anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight and a cruise to Weymouth.

Waverley 2001 – Return to the South Coast

The first three days of Waverley’s south coast sailings from Weymouth and Southampton.

Waverley 2001 – Summer Storm and a Very Fast Lady

Waverley’s 2001 Clyde sailing season comes to an end.

Waverley 2001 – Busy Final Week on the Clyde for Waverley

Waverley carried a full capacity of over nine hundred passengers to Dunoon for the annual Cowal Games.

Waverley 2001 – Tighnabruaich Pier Future

On Saturday 4th August 2001, Waverley operated the first of two short cruises to assist in raising funds for the new Tighnabruaich Pier Association.

Remembering Two Former Chiefs

This photograph shows two former Chief Engineers of PS Waverley and MV Balmoral, the late Ian Muir and the late Ian McMillan.

Waverley 2001 – Ulster Adventure

Another take on Waverley’s Ulster adventure.

Waverley 2001 – Waverley Visits Red Bay and Ballycastle (Nearly)

Waverley sails from Campbeltown to Red Bay and along the Antrim coast.

Waverley 2001 – Ferry from the Mersey

Waverley’s Bristol Channel spring public season came to its conclusion with a single voyage from Penarth to Milford Haven on Saturday 16th June 2001.

Waverley 2001 – First Call at Lundy Pier

Sunday 10th June 2001 dawned bright and sunny as Waverley set out from Clevedon and Penarth to Ilfracombe and Lundy.

Waverley 1947 – Trials

With construction complete Waverley starts her sea trials.

Waverley 1975 – Very First Sailing in Preservation

On Thursday 22nd May 1975 Waverley sailed from Glasgow to Dunoon with invited guests aboard, many of whom had helped return her to service.

Kingswear Castle – The Medway Years on Video

Six short videos featuring Kingswear Castle during her years on the Medway have been added to the new Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust website.

Waverley 2001 – West Highland Finale

Day 4 of 5 and Waverley sailed from Fort William and Oban to the sacred Isle of Iona.

Waverley 2001 – A Full Day in the Sun-kissed Hebrides

Day 3 of 5 and Waverley departs Oban for Fort William, four Lochs and the Gulf of Corryvreckan.