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

A & J Inglis – Paddle Steamer Specialists

Scotland’s last two paddle steamers, WAVERLEY and MAID OF THE LOCH, share a common heritage in that they were both built by the firm of A & J Inglis Ltd at their Pointhouse shipyard on the River Kelvin near to its confluence with the River Clyde in Glasgow. The firm built about 500 ships in…
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Major Refurbishment for Veteran Swiss Paddler

The second oldest of Switzerland’s 15 operational paddle steamers is due to be taken out of service later this month to undergo a major refurbishment. The Lake of Lucerne Paddle Steamer Unterwalden was built 106 years ago by the Zurich-based firm of Escher Wyss. Remarkably, the steamer is still operating with its original boilers, although…
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New Hull for Dunkirk Veteran Paddler ‘Medway Queen’

Major Step in Restoration of Dunkirk Veteran (Words by Gavin Stewart, Photos from Author’s Collection) In the last week or so news has emerged that Paddle Steamer Medway Queen is to have a new hull built by David Abels (Boatbuilders) of Bristol. Partnership funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Medway Queen Preservation Society…
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The Class of 2008

Well folks, thats Waverley’s Clyde Summer Season at an end already. Its been a mixed bag of a season – especially weather wise – but amidst the numerous challenges our ship and her crew have remained positive and worked hard. The ship is now heading to the South Coast of England for her annual sailings…
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The Heart of Our Paddler

When you see Waverley going about her business in one of her many sailing areas throughout the cruising season what do you see? Well…..the most obvious things are her two red, white and black funnels – rising proudly from the deck – their rake making the ship look like she is doing 18 knots standing…
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Prodigal Sons and Daughters – Chairman’s Blog No. 5

Yesterday, Sunday 24th August, on the return leg of the sailing to Lochranza, The Scottish Branch was pleased to welcome back one of it’s lapsed, formally stalwart members who has spent a few, though too many years in the wilderness, Mr Willie Ross. Willie has been home from Deep Sea on shore leave for a…
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A Weekend in Bristol from a Scottish Perspective – Chairman’s Blog No. 4

PSPS National AGM 2007 In the Chairman’s Report of the autumn 2007 Edition of Paddle Wheels, our chairman included some very kind words about the age profile of the Scottish Branch Committee and also its ability to combine hard work with socialising. I thought it might be an idea to write a few words about…
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The Clyde Season Clock Is Ticking!

Is it really getting to that time already?? Yep!! The 2008 Clyde Season has only 11 – yes – 11 sailing days left before our wee paddler heads south for her traditional South Coast of England and Thames cruising programmes. The point of all this you ask?? Simple -if you haven’t been for a cruise…
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A Grand Day Altogether!! – Branch Hospitality Cruise 2008

(Photos by John MacFarlane & Shelagh Holt) As you will have read previously Sunday August 10th was the annual members hospitality cruise held aboard ps Waverley during her usual Sunday cruise to Lochranza, Isle of Arran. The main objective of these hospitality cruises are to give the branch an opportunity to mix with it’s members…
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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!