Final Sailing of 2012

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

Final Sailing of 2012

After a non-stop direct journey from Southampton Waverley arrived at her Glasgow berth a little before 5am on Sunday 21st October in time to take up her final sailing of 2012 from Glasgow to Tighnabruaich. This sailing was the usual Saturday roster in the main summer season but on this occasion with a shorter time allowed at Tighnabuaich.

After refuelling and a crew safety briefing Waverley departed at 10am to head down river for the last time in 2012. Good numbers joined her at Glasgow and in total over the course of the day over 930 were carried.

The schedule for the day was altered slightly to allow for the scattering of the ashes of Dr Joe McKendrick. Waverley made her call at Tighnabuaich as planned and then set off again. Unusually the ashes were scattered from the stern of the ship to allow all those who wanted to be present the chance to listen to a short reading by Douglas McGowan before casting a rose into the sea. After the ashes were scattered three long blasts were sounded on the whistle after which Waverley turned and headed back to the pier. Once again the red ensign was lowered to half mast as a mark of respect to someone who done so much to keep Waverley sailing.

Waverley departs Tighnabruaich
Passing through the narrows homeward bound for winter

As is often the case on the final sailing many regulars turned out to show support for the ship and Sunday was no exception. The following picture was taken on Sunday and shows 5 men who were all involved in the first year of preservation in 1975 (some are still involved 37 years on!).

Left to Right: Derek Peters, Cameron Marshall, Douglas McGowan, Peter Reid and Terry Sylvester 

As Waverley headed for Greenock day light was fading over the Firth however the atmosphere on board was one of appreciation for yet another wonderful day cruising on the Clyde by paddler. Indeed it was one of those days which keeps passengers returning year after year.

Waverley leaves Greenock heading for Glasgow.
Nearly home as Waverley passes Glenlee and the Riverside Museum

In total since 1st June Waverley has sailed over 12900 nautical miles with over 2.6 million engine revolutions, not bad for a 65 year old!

(Pictures supplied by Douglas McGowan and David Shirres)

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