Clyde Steamers during WWI & WWII Presentation
Scottish Branch members of the PSPS may be interested to note that the Scottish Maritime Museum is holding ‘A Pie and Pint Evening’ on Friday 10th November in the Puffer’s cafe in Irvine which will include a presentation on the role of the Clyde steamers during both world wars.
The evening will start at 7pm with a supper being served before the presentation which will be given by Scottish Branch Committee member Iain Quinn.
The presentation will feature the 1899 Paddle Steamer Waverley which was launched on the 30th May 1899 and entered service in July of the same year. Like a number of Clyde steamers she was requisitioned by the Admiralty for service during World War I.
Waverley returned to Clyde service following the 1914-1918 war but was then requisitioned by the Royal Navy for further war service in World War II. She was hit by enemy action on 29th May 1940 and sunk while evacuating Allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk.
The current Waverley of 1947 was built as a direct replacement for the 1899 Waverley.