Tag: Waverley

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

40th Anniversary Reception

The beginning of Waverley’s 2015 season was marked by a reception on 21 May on the paddler at Pacific Quay to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her first passenger sailing in preservation.

Waverley – First Movement of 2015?

In preparation for Waverley’s 40th season in preservation, she was towed from Glasgow to Greenock for her annual underwater survey.

Waverley On The Bristol Channel 2014

Tom Eveson recently filmed some High Definition video footage on a day trip from Clevedon to Ilfracombe.

Waverley On The Move

Having been storm bound, and anchored off Colwyn Bay since Wednesday evening, Waverley is now (Saturday 12.30pm) passing the Lleyn Peninsula heading for the Bristol Channel.  With a fair weather forecast, and at her current speed, she should arrive off Clevedon in good time to start tomorrows (Sunday 31st) scheduled sailing to Penarth, Ilfracombe and Lundy Island.…
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40th Anniversary Cruise

Commemorating 40 years to the day since Caledonian MacBrayne ‘sold’ Waverley to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for £1.

Evening Charter 2014

On Thursday 26th June, under the command of Captain Colledge, Waverley departed Largs for an evening cruise to the Kyles of Bute via Keppel.

Evening Sunset Cruise from Largs & Keppel Pier

Waverley will now call at Keppel Pier rather than Millport Old Pier on the annual Branch fundraising cruise. This year the cruise takes her from Largs and Keppel through the Kyles of Bute.

Waverley to the Western Isles 2014

Martin Longhurst has written an account of Waverley’s first Clyde weekend and the Western Isles sailings.

Waverley – Western Isles 2014

A short photographic and video record of Waverley’s eight days of cruising around the Western Isles of Scotland.

Waverley – First Sailing of 2014

Waverley departed Pacific Quay at 10am this morning with a good number on board, bursting with anticipation and eager to enjoy her first sailing of the 2014 season to Rothesay.

Waverley Leaves Dry Dock

Waverley left Garvel Dry Dock today and returned to her berth at Pacific Quay in preparation for her 2014 season.

Waverley – Coming Alive Again

For the first time since October the Clyde echoed to the sound of paddle wheels as Waverley departed Pacific Quay for Greenock and her annual dry docking.

Waverley – A Private Function

Earlier this evening Waverley hosted a private function. This presented a rare opportunity for a photograph.

Last Clyde Season of the ‘Jeanie Deans’

Fifty summers ago, in 1964, there were still four paddle steamers operating on the Clyde, the Jeanie Deans, Waverley, Caledonia and Talisman.

Paddlers on TV

Medway Queen has now arrived safely on the River Medway following her departure from Avonmouth.

A Good but Wet Weekend

One of Billy Connolly’s one-liners starts “In Scotland there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing.”

Waverley in Dry Dock

After returning to the Clyde following her visit to the Western Isles Waverley entered Garvel dry dock  on the morning of Wednesday 8th May for her annual visit.

Waverley STV News Report "All aboard the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer for 2013 season"

Scottish Television (STV) have broadcast a report as Waverley is about to begin the 2013 season. The following link will open up the report. It was filmed over several days during the winter refit with further footage recorded as she prepared for sea trails earlier this week. Click Here Paul Semple

When the Nights are Fair Drawing in – Sunset Views on the Upper Clyde

Photos taken on Waverley on the upper reaches of the Clyde in August 2012 – click on an image for larger size. The Clydebank Titan was the second of the six Giant Cantilever Cranes to be erected on Clydeside, being built at the John Brown Shipyard in Clydebank in 1906-07 by the Glasgow structural engineering…
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Waverley’s Sabbath Trip to Tarbert

 – a tale of Poppy Leaves and Paddle Steamers Paddle Steamer Mary Jane at Tarbert Loch Fyne in 1856 Today, the 12th of August 2012, 200 years after the pioneer Clyde paddle steamer, the Comet, first churned up the still river waters, PS Waverley performs her one and only Sunday visit to Tarbert Loch Fyne of 2012  –…
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PSPS & CRSC Ormidale Charter

On Sunday 8th July the joint Charter of Waverley organised to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the formation of the Clyde River Steamer Club took place. The weather was kind compared to the recent pattern in that very little rain fell with virtually no wind which allowed for perfect conditions to ferry land in Loch Riddon using…
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A 65 Year Old Paddler

It was on Monday 16th June 1947 that Waverley undertook her maiden voyage: little did anyone realise what a life she was starting! On her first day in service she sailed up Loch Long to Lochgoilhead and Arrochar as part of the famous “Three Lochs Tour”. It was therefore appropriate that on the 65th anniversary…
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Waverley and Balmoral in Glasgow

Waverley and Balmoral together in Glasgow.

Dry Dock Pictures 2

As the dry dock work nears completion Joe McKendrick has supplied a few more pictures. As can be seen below Waverley’s bow is now repaired and only requires painting. The standard of paint on both ships is excellent and thanks are due to Joe for supplying the photos taken today (Saturday 28th April). With both ships now looking ready to…
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Waverley & Balmoral 2012 Timetables

All timetables for both Waverley and Balmoral are now available online at the Waverley Excursions website http://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/timetables.htm. On close inspection the 2012 season is one of celebration: 200 years of Steam Navigation to honour the first public sailing of Paddle Steamer Comet, Waverley is 65 years old and P & O celebrate their 175th anniversary. The…
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Waverley Timetables – Scotland and South Coast

Some of  the Waverley timetables have been published and are available to view/download by clicking on the the following links:- Western Isles and Clyde or South Coast You will need Adobe Reader to view the timetables, unfortunately a font has been used that is not compatible with Adobe Reader (version 9 or earlier) to get the…
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Waverley wins 65th IMechE Engineering Heritage Award

Paddle steamer Waverley, in her 65th year as a Clyde excursion steamer, was presented with the 65th IMechE Engineering Heritage Award.

A Clyde Paddler & Two Traditional Clyde Piers

On 6th July Waverley completed her first revised Wednesday run, the previous Wednesday was altered to a round Bute cruise after a delayed start. This was Waverley’s first call at Tarbert without the need for assistance from a small boat owing to the fact the pier has been in need of structural work for a…
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Waverley’s Clyde Finale

(Click on images for larger format)After a very calm and quick return home from London Waverley prepared for her final four days of public sailings for 2009 (16th to 19th Oct) plus a very special private charter to naval shipbuilder BVT Surface Fleet Solutions on Trafalgar Day for the launch of the fifth and penultimate…
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Waverley – Lifeboat Day, the Founder and Glasgow River Festival

Click on the images for larger, sharper versions The middle weekend of Glasgow Fair, being also the weekend of the Glasgow River Festival and the annual Lifeboat Day at Tighnabruaich, turned out to be a very busy period for the paddler. On the Friday, the popular daytime cruise to Rothesay was followed by a very…
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