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Title: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Waverley on Apr 12, 2009, 10:20 PM
Rob. The Waverley is out of action at the moment due to an unexpected problem with her boilers. Repair bill at £70000. Should be back sailing at the end of May for the Western Isle cruises.

A date for your diary. Monday 19th October. Waverley has two cruises to meet and escort the QM2 on her first visit to Greenock.
Title: Re: PS Waverley
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Apr 12, 2009, 10:24 PM
Rob. The Waverley is out of action at the moment due to an unexpected problem with her boilers. Repair bill at £70000. Should be back sailing at the end of May for the Western Isle cruises.

Ahh OK, thanks!  That explains it - no sign of life at all with her today.  Poor Waverley!  Are you involved with her?  I was wondering whether to volunteer or something... although she doesn't 'get me going' the way QE2 did... but maybe if I got a bit involved in helping with her...

A date for your diary. Monday 19th October. Waverley has two cruises to meet and escort the QM2 on her first visit to Greenock.

I'm fascinated to see how this goes.  So many people I met - in fact everybody - on the Balmoral Cruises were there because QE2 was OURS and was built here - the huge sense of pride.  I'm not sure what the reaction to QM2 will be at all.
Title: Re: PS Waverley
Post by: Waverley on Apr 12, 2009, 10:37 PM
Rob, I am no longer involved with the Waverley but still receive newsletters. Still in contact with the Chief Engineer.

Yes it will be interesting to compare the public's response to the QM2 .

You may be interested in these photos from the Balmoral site.

Scroll down and find QE2 from Balmoral
and Balmoral from QE2

http://www.btinternet.com/~Paddlers/MVBalmoral/index.htm
Title: Re: PS Waverley
Post by: Andy F on Apr 13, 2009, 01:37 AM
Thanks for the link Robert and the shots are great.  I particularly like the angle of shot 5 (of QE2), which gives a great perspective
Title: Re: PS Waverley
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Apr 13, 2009, 12:58 PM
Could they open her at the Quayside?  Say a £3 entry fee, and they could serve lunches etc and do a short tour... I think that would be a very popular attraction, when she wasn't sailing, and might persuade people to come back to see her when she is.

She looks quite sad just now with all the windows boarded over with their storm covers, and a portakabin on top.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3360/3435180104_6dd7d660f0_m.jpg)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightbody/3435180104/?editedcomment=1#comment72157616704633252
Title: Re: PS Waverley
Post by: Waverley on Apr 14, 2009, 02:21 PM
Waverley timetables for all UK day cruises now on line.


http://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/
Title: Re: PS Waverley
Post by: KEV on Apr 14, 2009, 11:55 PM
Hope she comes back soon stronger than ever
Title: Re: In her Element
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Apr 15, 2009, 06:54 PM
If you want to recreate that 5-deck cabin experience, I strongly suggest a trip on the PS Waverley, and then head on down to the fantastic cosy wee bar at the back, down below, behind the paddles, where the portholes spend a substantical amount of time submerged - its fantastic!
Title: Re: In her Element
Post by: Malcolm on Apr 15, 2009, 08:30 PM
wee bar at the back

Or the wee room (gents toilets) on the paddle box! (I've only once been on the Waverley - about 15 years ago - it was a trip from Gourock around Arran and back - the sea was quite choppy and the reverse pressure of the "water" going down the drain in the gents caused the entire room to become a shower room!)
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on May 27, 2009, 08:44 AM
Where is she? She's not been at her science centre berth for a while now.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Andrew Collier on May 27, 2009, 09:26 AM
Been in dry dock most likely, Starts this years sailing season this friday....
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Waverley on May 27, 2009, 08:26 PM
REFIT NEWS

The re-tubing of Waverley's boilers was completed and the paddler was towed to the Garvel Dry-Dock at Greenock on Monday 18 May for her hull survey.   Work on re-commissioning the boilers took place in parallel and the steamer is now due to steam back to Glasgow under her own power on Tuesday 26 May.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on May 28, 2009, 05:24 PM
Thanks. Glad to say She's back at the science centre tonight, facing up river for some reason, but looking fine. Looking forward to a trip on her at some point over the next few weeks or months.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Waverley on Jun 01, 2009, 08:51 PM
Latest Waverley Photos. Scroll down then click for larger images

http://www.upperclydeshipping.com/
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jun 02, 2009, 04:09 PM
She's looking good.

Can't wait to get on board her, if I can get my timetable to match hers!!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jun 02, 2009, 07:17 PM
Absolutely STUNNING shots of her in the past few days here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/seapigeon/3587267792/
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Waverley on Jun 02, 2009, 09:45 PM
Rob, these are indeed excellent photos. Thanks for finding them
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clyde Paddler on Jun 09, 2009, 09:02 PM
I was aboard for three days out of the five in her Western Isles programme : Four Lochs & Corryvreckan Whirlpool on Sunday, Tobermory & Tiree on Monday, and Oban back to Ayr – with Port Ellen and Campbeltown pit-stops – on Tuesday, with glorious weather the whole time (and on several more days subsequently, in St Andrews).  We encountered one nice cruise ship (Saga Ruby), one okay-ish one (Astor) which was anchored right in Oban Bay, and one dreadful thing (Aida Cara).

Here's Waverley departing Tiree for her Monday afternoon cruise along Gunna Sound:

(http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll241/ClydePaddler/HPIM2250.jpg)

Other paddlers in Tiree, where the sharks were basking and the roads were melting:

(http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll241/ClydePaddler/HPIM2255.jpg)

Returning from Gunna Sound to collect those of us who had been ashore:

(http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll241/ClydePaddler/HPIM2259.jpg)

Back underway:

(http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll241/ClydePaddler/HPIM2270.jpg)

Departing Tobermory:

(http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll241/ClydePaddler/HPIM2244.jpg)

Saga Ruby passing Tobermory:

(http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll241/ClydePaddler/HPIM2276a.jpg)

Oban sunset on 1st June:

(http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll241/ClydePaddler/HPIM2287.jpg)

(http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll241/ClydePaddler/HPIM2289.jpg)

Rob, you have no excuse not to be travelling with us regularly.  She is now doing her shortened Bristol Channel season, but will be back on the Clyde from 26 June until 31 August, before going to the Thames and South coast.  She's back at home for trips on 16-19 October inclusive for the season finale - not just the QM2 day on the Monday - and no, QM2 will not get anything like QE2's turnout last October or on any of her previous visits home - after all, it's not QM2's home and nobody feels the same way about her.  She's modern, foreign and ugly ;D !

I'm sure you can manage something during all that time.

Helen

BTW, I've been an officeholder with the PSPS since 1981, when I founded the North of England & North Wales branch - though, of course, it was a major trauma having to relinquish my membership of the Scottish branch ...  I hold a lifetime 'commodore' ticket, still have a reasonable lebvel of involvement and know most of the key players.  I shall be up again in July - see you then?
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jun 09, 2009, 10:07 PM
Havent got time to reply to all the great stuff on the forum today but oh gosh Helen those photos are ABSOLUTELY SUPERB!!!

I hear she was rather busy though!  A friend was on board for part of it and he said it was 4 people short of capacity or something?

Think I'll choose a slightly quieter day/destination!  As with QE2, Waverley's the destination!!  Can't wait!  Hope to meet you on board!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jun 25, 2009, 11:56 AM
Rob, you have no excuse not to be travelling with us regularly.  She is now doing her shortened Bristol Channel season, but will be back on the Clyde from 26 June ...

I'm sure you can manage something during all that time.

Helen

Booked for ... 26 June!  Seeing as I just happen to have a day off work <cough>.  I think it will be busy (her first Friday back) but hopefully not too much... hopefully the evening showboat and the weekend trips will take most of the rowdy ones!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last oce-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clyde Paddler on Jun 25, 2009, 09:48 PM

Friday is traditionally OAPs' day, so it shouldn't be too rowdy!  I don't think there's a booze cruise this Friday evening though, is there?  But maybe you have some insider local knowledge, Rob.  However, I thought it wasn't generally a good idea to post comments which might be seen by one's colleagues/bosses?

You are probably already aware of the latest challenge - the structural work to Largs pier being away behind schedule and currently unavailable to the Waverley for several weeks, or possibly the remainder of her main Clyde season - which will cause major problems re loadings and revenue in what is already a critical year, financially.

So get on board, spend lots of money and have a great day!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jun 26, 2009, 11:17 AM
Hello from on board waverley! Very sunny and very lovely. Boarding was fun due to extreme low tide and extremely steep gang planks and as mentioned above lots of old people! Putting few pics on flickr as we go.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Jun 26, 2009, 01:16 PM

Hello Rob - on board Waverley!


and when you get home - have a listen to this!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00l62ps

The Clyde this morning, and The Mersey next Friday...

Hope they mention QE2 and The Waverley

I'm waving...
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jun 26, 2009, 05:54 PM
It's been a tremendous day out, enjoyed it all immensely. Unfortunately we hit dunoon pier rather hard and have dented the side and roof of the ladies loo! Hopefully its not too expensive to fix... 2 emergency rafts also fell into the water and activated automatically, complete with wee lights! No doubt they'll need replaced too? Sadly i saw  old people fall over too, one appeared unconscious, and i got quite a fright... Photos to follow tomorrow. I can't recommend a trip on this ship enough and she needs all our support.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jun 27, 2009, 10:05 AM
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.2516804.0.Largs_pier_could_put_Waverley_up_the_creek_without_a_paddle.php
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jun 27, 2009, 12:13 PM
Cruises Cancelled :(

http://www.inverclydenow.com/news-detail2.asp?ID=3072
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Bob C. on Jun 27, 2009, 09:05 PM
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.2516804.0.Largs_pier_could_put_Waverley_up_the_creek_without_a_paddle.php

Wow, Rob.  You are quite the celebrity!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jun 27, 2009, 09:38 PM
More coverage of my trip - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8122604.stm
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jun 28, 2009, 02:54 PM
Having become concerned about her future, after the wee accident on Friday combined with Largs Pier being out of action, I have started a new Waverley web page on my own web site.

http://www.roblightbody.com/Waverley/

Not quite sure why I never did this before...

My cheque is also in the post for the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society... and I hope to book a trip on the repaired Waverley very soon!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Waverley on Jun 28, 2009, 03:09 PM
Sorry to hear about the Waverley incident. Any updates when she will be back in service?

Rob, liked your new Waverley website, especially the video clips of the engines and paddlewheels. Great stuff.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jun 29, 2009, 10:58 AM
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.2517024.0.Waverley_in_dock_after_collision_injures_passengers.php
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jul 13, 2009, 09:17 PM
OK so Waverley's back in Service, and looking great again.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/seapigeon/3717204673/

And I still have lots of spare time on my hands!

But before I go back on board, I want to know what happened, why, and that it won't happen next time I'm on board... or that at least they've done something to lessen the chances...
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Jul 19, 2009, 10:25 PM
Several people I know are on a Scottish cinema tour at present, sailing on Waverley doon the watter to Campbeltown.

All along, they have been sending back messages and pictures via Twitter :

http://twitter.com/ScottishCinemas

Look at 17 to 20 July -- with some good photos of Waverley (and lots of cinemas!) there.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Aug 10, 2009, 09:22 AM


A picture of PS Waverley

http://www.gbmarineart.com/main_reflect.htm
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Aug 11, 2009, 04:56 PM
There's a lovely article about her here

http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/spectrum/The-Waverley-steamer-Paddle-into.5534677.jp
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Aug 31, 2009, 10:34 AM
Sadly, I didn't make it back on board during her Summer season up here. 

A combination of being mildly worried about things after the bump, the bad weather (its rained all weekend here), having nobody to go with, and a timetable that simply doesn't suit me (I'm only interested in trips out of Glasgow).

I hope all of you 'dahn sath' make the most of her!

I'll either catch her in October, or next year now...
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Waverley on Sep 01, 2009, 10:27 PM
Waverley's October sailings are on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th, not forgetting Monday 19th October,  Waverley has two cruises to meet and escort the QM2 on her first visit to Greenock.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Andrew Collier on Sep 02, 2009, 05:59 PM
Wish it'd hurry up and get its self down here, I think they need towing at very high speed I'm impatient ;-)

Sadly, got a wedding to go to this weekend so will miss its first southern sailings and have to wait till next week  >:(
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Sep 27, 2009, 11:36 PM
Here she is Andy!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/watch_keeper/sets/72157622343443743/
(Please could someone let me know whether you can access this set if you don't have a flickr account!
Thank you.  Rosie)
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Sep 27, 2009, 11:56 PM
(Please could someone let me know whether you can access this set if you don't have a flickr account!
Thank you.  Rosie)

It's no problem, Rosie. The only thing one cannot do is to comment directly underneath the pictures themselves, or choose them as favourites -- but of course, comments can be made right here in the Forum  :D

Lovely set, by the way -- really enjoyed the pictures -- I have commented there...
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Oct 10, 2009, 11:00 AM
I'm looking forward to being back on board Waverley on the 18th of this month. 

The next day she is doing QM2-related trips but I'll not be joining her for those.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Waverley on Oct 10, 2009, 05:46 PM
Hey Rob, I will be onboard on the 17th and also on the short cruise from Rothesay to Tighnabruaich on the 18th. See you there.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clyde Paddler on Oct 11, 2009, 04:18 PM

Tyne Turbine and I will be there on Saturday and Sunday - ex-Greenock, both days - and for the 'View QM2' cruise ex-Glasgow on Monday, before having to head back south.

Anyone else?

How about a forum get-together on the Rothesay-Tighnabruaich leg on Sunday?
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Oct 12, 2009, 11:09 PM
How about a forum get-together on the Rothesay-Tighnabruaich leg on Sunday?

Sounds like we might be having a bit of one already, and it will be nice to say hello, however I will be with "non QE2" friends and can't really abandon them so...
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Oct 16, 2009, 07:50 PM
Had a SPLENDID brief trip on Waverley today!  Just 75 minutes - down to Clydebank, turning off John Browns, and back again, but it gave me time to show my 3 nephews, my sister, and my brother-in-law around the wonderful ship, had time to gawp at the engines, and had time for a sausage roll and a cuppa!

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2568/4016773197_e1605e9554_m.jpg)

Sadly, despite BEAUTIFUL sunshine, it was quite quiet, but even if they made a loss on the day, they got a lot of new fans, and the ship was getting attention on the banks of the Clyde as she passed up and doon.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2435/4016787299_524114420d_m.jpg)

I booked online yesterday, but today kids were going for free, which was a £15 saving on last night's prices.  I might have absorbed this if I had a decent job and wasn't skint, to donate the money to the ship's upkeep, however I spoke to the purser and asked for a refund on condition that I promised to then spend it on board - which I did.  I've done a lot for the wee ship this year!

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2505/4017568746_d9a903c48b_m.jpg)

The rest of my photos are here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightbody/sets/72157622598701466/

I also spent time at 'Clydebuilt', and enjoyed the QE2 exhibition there - photos to follow!

I am starting to feel the same passion for Waverley, as I had for QE2... its growing and growing each time I go onboard.  I really enjoyed sharing her with my family today... think the nephews enjoyed it nearly as much as their computer games!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Oct 18, 2009, 03:38 PM
Lovely to see PS Waverley waiting for QM2 on the AIS

http://www.shipais.com/showship.php?mmsi=232001540
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Oct 18, 2009, 04:31 PM
Hello from waverley! Have had a lovely time meeting Robert "waverley", helen "Clydepaddler" and another Robert "tyne turbine". A bit dreich early on, but improved dramatically by the kyles.  Unfortunately i forgot my camera today!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Kathy M. on Oct 18, 2009, 04:38 PM
A bit dreich early on, but improved dramatically by the kyles.
Glad you enjoyed yourself, Rob - and I had to Google "dreich" - so I learned a new word today!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Oct 18, 2009, 09:54 PM
Well, I pressed my cameraphone into action and got some snaps today

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightbody/sets/72157622598701466/

It was a GREAT day out, and I really more of a feel for the ship, and the people involved in helping her.  It was lovely to meet Helen again, and to meet Robert for the first time and the other Robert (TyneTurbine) and to add to the complication I had my pal Rob with me too!

The dodgy music and 'hen night' atmosphere in the bar was a bit, erm, overpowering... and we were speechless when we realised that a crowd had deliberately left bags etc. at tables to "reserve" them - then got off at Rothesay, expecting the table to remain unoccupied until the ships return hours later!  The accordianist who moved around the ship was good though, the ship herself was perfect, and the Sunday Roast was excellent (as were the breakfast rolls and whiskies! - not at the same time!).

Can't wait to return to Waverley next year and hope to get some more photos of her tomorrow as she shows QM2 the Clyde.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2640/4022986205_1cb01bcce8_m.jpg)
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Oct 18, 2009, 11:56 PM
Four Roberts, an Accordian and a 'video-phone'
Not to mention the Waverley hats...
Thank you for showing us what  a Grand Day Out it must have been!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Waverley on Oct 20, 2009, 04:39 PM
A great weekend paddling and not a duck in sight (Rosie will know what I mean).  Great to meet a few others from the forum but apart from Helen, everyone else being a Robert. Easy to remember?

We must make this a BIG event for next year with many more from the forum group going for a paddle in 2010

Good to see the Waverley and the QM2 together for the first time on the Clyde.

Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Tyne Turbine on Oct 20, 2009, 10:59 PM
Yes it was great to meet all you other Roberts/Robs.

Glad you enjoyed your trip on Waverley and are talking of another trip next year.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clyde Paddler on Oct 25, 2009, 03:00 PM
It was good to meet Robert (Waverley) for the first time and to see the other forum members again.

The lady with the needles is PSPS member and Waverley 'regular', Jenny Longhurst, who knits the tammies/lums/bobble-hats and other woolly items for the souvenir shop.

Saturday was definitely the best day, weather-wise ...
(http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll241/ClydePaddler/HPIM2618a.jpg)

Here we are at Tighnabruaich on Sunday, beside the starboard paddle box
(http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll241/ClydePaddler/ROBx4HEL.jpg)
Photo by PSPS member and Waverley 'regular', Ashley Gill, with Tyne Turbine's camera.
Left to right: Rob-Robert-Helen-Robert-Rob ~ almost a palindrome ...

And a view from the shore
(http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll241/ClydePaddler/HPIM2629.jpg)

Yes, I think we should have many future gatherings, aboard Waverley and elsewhere.  Be there!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Waverley on Oct 25, 2009, 04:48 PM
It was good to meet you too Helen. Here is another group photo from that day.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Nov 04, 2009, 09:10 AM
Well done, Waverley!

Thanks to magwaus.

Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Dec 08, 2009, 11:22 AM
Just landed on board my mac!

'....Waverley & Balmoral Winter - News 2009

In this edition you can take a sneak preview of next years timetable, and find out how you can save money on your 2010 sailings aboard this Sunday Times nominated “Top 3 Nostalgic Journeys in the World!” attraction.

2010 brings the 70th Anniversary of Dunkirk and with Waverley being named after one of the ships evacuating troops there - next year we are Commemorating this historic event - look out for nominated cruises in each sailing area.

You can BOOK NOW at last years fares for WAVERLEY’s annual sailings. Waverley will sail: in the magical Western Isles - May 28 - June 1; Bristol Channel - June 5 - June 20; Clyde June 25 - August 30; South Coast - Sept 3 - Sept 23; Thames - Sept 24 - Oct 10; Clyde - Oct 15 - Oct 16. BALMORAL will start her season in the Irish Sea in mid June and will sail in all her usual haunts throughout the summer months – with perhaps a visit to a few more unusual ones!

SAVE up to 20% on your 2010 sailings!....'
For further info - http://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/

Wishing we could read, someday soon, - 'accompanying QE2 on her return to UK inshore waters....'
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Dec 28, 2009, 03:31 PM
Picture 5 here - http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/glasgowandwestscotland/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_8418000/8418756.stm - has a nice one of Waverley in the snow.  Quite a contrast to the posts earlier in this topic!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Dec 28, 2009, 03:36 PM
So nice to see her there. Does she stay there all winter? Is she visitable, or just completely closed down?

What does being completely closed down (if that is the case) do to her when she needs to restart in spring?
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Dec 28, 2009, 03:54 PM
Yes - Rob, Thank you.
I wonder too, Isabelle -
Do you think she got a feed of anti-freeze before being tied up,
so that her precious pipes and boiler will remain patent?
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Dec 29, 2009, 11:09 AM
Hey Rosie,

Waverley's boilers remain operational in shore mode during the winter layup to preserve the internal fabric of the ship from condensation etc etc. Her boilers have been inspected and are OK. The port paddle shaft which was a source of concern in 2008 has also been given a clean bill of health. All that remains is for those of us who volunteer on her during the winter to get on there and start preparing her for another season.

Incidentaly her owning company Waverley Steam Navigation Co Ltd celebrates its 35th year in existence in 2010 - the ship has now sailed longer under the WSN flag than her original owners!!

All the best

Gav
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Post by: Waverley on Jan 03, 2010, 05:50 PM
Scroll down for the impressive photo entering Poole harbour then click "see also the video".   

http://www.waverleyandbalmoral.co.uk/waverley/gallery/index.htm
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Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jan 08, 2010, 09:48 PM
Went down today to see Waverley, currently frozen into the River Clyde!

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2782/4257068515_8f9a2c0e6c_m.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4257065753_7243b991c9_m.jpg)

Full set of photos here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightbody/4257068515/ - its VERY cold here, I've never known anything like it.  Water mains in the street have now started to freeze!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jan 24, 2010, 02:53 PM
The videos that have been posted here are WELL worth a look

http://pspsscotland.blogspot.com/2010/01/coasts-of-clyde.html

Amazing how much the world has changed and so quickly...
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Post by: Clyde Paddler on Jan 24, 2010, 10:19 PM

My Mum taped 'Coasts of Clyde' for me from daytime tele, many years ago, but I'd never spotted that wee boy as being Stuart Cameron. 

Strangely enough, just yesterday, a package dropped through the door, which turned out to be a video sent by ma wee auntie in Renfrew (which she said she'd promised to send, a year or two ago - which doesn't ring any bells).  This official video is entitled 'Doon the Watter' and contains 'Glasgow Belongs to Me', 'Coasts of Clyde' and 'The Land of Robert Burns'.  Copyright British Railways Board 1988, with an RRP of £11.45.  That sounds like quite a lot back in '88, bearing in mind that's now more than 20 years ago - and the year I was bar manager on the Mighty Paddler.  Those were the days ...
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on May 06, 2010, 01:45 PM
I had a wee look at her last week, before she headed off down to Greenock for her annual overhaul.

She's looking good!  Couple of pictures attached.
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Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on May 11, 2010, 08:35 AM
Was on the old girl doing electrical testing on Sat. Lovely day - it was actually warm at Garvel!! (Its not nicknamed Siberia Point for nothing!!!)

After lunch I went for a wee walk down into the dock.
Garvel have made a great job of the paintwork again this year - especially the funnels which are a slightly deeper shade of red rather than the orangey red of the last few years!!
Some pics follow in this and the next messages........

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Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on May 11, 2010, 08:37 AM
Follow on from previous email

Pic:

(1) Stem from the dock floor - this is her most imposing view. The ripples you can see are caused - to some extent - by the mix of rivetting and welding on her hull. When built Waverley had wooden decks throughout - after the heritage refit she now has steel decks from promenade down. The welding of these plates cause the hull plates to distort slightly - it depends on the temperature as to the extent!!
(2) The rudder - note the weld lines which denote the size of the original rudder. There are also flat plates welded top and bottom which help channel the water and prevent it spilling over the top. This helps her steer a little better.
(3) View on the port paddle wheel from below - the wooden floats very much in view here. If you look up to the right of shot you may be able to see the feathering gear which adjusts the angle of the float so it enters the water in the optimum position. If you listen Waverley's paddle beats you will hear 7 soft and 1 hard beat. The hard beat is number 1 float which is fixed angle - this provides the datum angle for the other 7.

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Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on May 11, 2010, 08:47 AM
A couple more from Saturday:

Pic:

(1) The sand bow - this raked section to the forefoot was necessary as her home pier at Craigendoran (near Helensburgh) became very shallow at low tides and vessels regularly took the bottom. The sand bow allowed them to do so without digging in excessively.
(2) View from the control platform in the upper Engine Room.
(3) The forward lounge from the entrance to the crew accomodation

She is due out Tues / Wed where she will either proceed (after compass adjustment) back to Glasgow or go into the adjacent James Watt Dock for further work before returning to Glasgow. Either way she will be ready and waiting for her first passengers of the year on Friday 28th May - sailing at 7am from Glasgow to Oban via Greenock, Campbeltown and Port Ellen.

If any of you plan to take this unique sail - make yourselves known during the day - I'm usually sitting on the paddlebox steps (either side) and my other half is quite small so you wont miss us!!  ::)

Gav
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Post by: Jem on May 11, 2010, 09:13 AM
Thanks Gav for the fantastic photo's and explanation to go with them, really interesting. She is a lovely vessel. I've sailed to Ilfracombe from Bristol and back on Balmoral,must try Waverley one day.
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Post by: Rob Lightbody on May 11, 2010, 09:19 AM
Great shots Gav, thanks very much!  She's looking amazing.  Wish I could join her on Saturday... its a shame they only make this trip once a year!

Jem - much as I love Balmoral, she's VERY different to Waverley!  You should join us in a month's time on the Clyde to find out! :)
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Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on May 11, 2010, 12:23 PM
Thanks Gav for the fantastic photo's and explanation to go with them, really interesting. She is a lovely vessel. I've sailed to Ilfracombe from Bristol and back on Balmoral,must try Waverley one day.

Hi Jem,

Waverley is on the Bristol Channel from early to mid June. See www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk (http://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk) for her timetable. As Rob says Balmoral and Waverley are two very different animals despite only two years between them (Waverley 1947, Balmoral 1949).

Gav
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on May 11, 2010, 04:43 PM
I was looking through old photos in my sister's photo album last week and saw this one of a steam boat at Dunoon Pier.  Is this the Waverley?
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Post by: Jem on May 11, 2010, 06:04 PM
Great shots Gav, thanks very much!  She's looking amazing.  Wish I could join her on Saturday... its a shame they only make this trip once a year!

Jem - much as I love Balmoral, she's VERY different to Waverley!  You should join us in a month's time on the Clyde to find out! :)
Hello Rob and Gav, Much as I'd love to join you all onboard her. I'm restricted because I need a lot of help now days due to my disability being so progressive, it's a right pain in the arse but that's life. I know she does have disabled access, better than Balmoral which is great for me and my wife. I must book this trip on her to Ilfracombe soon. Day trips I can still manage which is possible here from Bristol :)
Anyhow I have seen her in the flesh way back in 1988 while I was sail training (in my fitter days) on the Brigentine Soren Larsen. Sorry the photo isn't to clear, it was taken off the Isle Of Wight. Hope you  all have a great time onboard and look forward to hearing your news......
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Post by: Clyde Paddler on May 11, 2010, 09:19 PM
I was looking through old photos in my sister's photo album last week and saw this one of a steam boat at Dunoon Pier.  Is this the Waverley?
Lynda, this is PS Jeanie Deans, my all-time favourite and Waverley's 'big sister', built pre-WW2 ~ larger, much more luxuriously appointed and better looking, with the straight bow and counter stern ("every ship should have one"!) and, unfortunately, gone before Gavin's time.  Ach weel, being as old as me has obviously had some advantages.  If only I could remember what they were... ???

Anyway, great pics Gav, and a sure sign that summer is on its way.

Rob, are you confused over days and dates, here?  The northward leg of the Western Isles sojourn is on Friday 28th May, with coach return to Glasgow if you're not staying on.  You can also get a coach connection up to Oban to join her on the Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on May 12, 2010, 01:12 PM
Hi Helen,

I think I confused things regarding dates by not actually putting the date in the original post - I noticed this and edited it. In between times Rob had posted.

Waverley came out of Drydock yesterday and was lying at Customhouse Quay, Greenock as of this morning. I think she has some boiler setup to do before returning to Glasgow. A significant overhaul of her boiler control system has been carried out as part of the ten year maintenance plan.

WSN director Joe McKendrick kindly sent me the pic below of her emerging yesterday.

Just over two weeks left until the first sailing on 2010 woohoo!!

 ;D

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Post by: Rob Lightbody on May 12, 2010, 01:22 PM
Ah OK... understanding about the dates now, thanks!  ... coincidentally, I have camping in Mull for the May bank holiday weekend pencilled in with my sister & co...
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on May 12, 2010, 01:25 PM
Question - can you get on & off at Tobermory on the saturday for a trip?  How busy is it likely to be (I'm guessing extremely!).
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Post by: Clyde Paddler on May 12, 2010, 08:07 PM
Yes Rob, you can :), to the rare destination of Inverie.  Busy-wise ~ probably a lot less so than it will be on the 26th June!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on May 12, 2010, 09:25 PM
Lynda, this is PS Jeanie Deans, my all-time favourite and Waverley's 'big sister', built pre-WW2 ~ larger, much more luxuriously appointed and better looking, with the straight bow and counter stern ("every ship should have one"!) and, unfortunately, gone before Gavin's time.  Ach weel, being as old as me has obviously had some advantages.  If only I could remember what they were... ???

Thanks Helen, I am currently scanning old photos and adding information to them for future generations.  I will look up the Jeanie Deans on Google to get some further information on her. 
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Post by: Rob Lightbody on May 13, 2010, 02:16 PM
Yes Rob, you can :), to the rare destination of Inverie.  Busy-wise ~ probably a lot less so than it will be on the 26th June!
Thanks.  Oh I know the 26th will be crazy-busy... but it had to be a Saturday, and it had to go past Browns, so options were limited...
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on May 14, 2010, 12:15 PM
Thanks Helen, I am currently scanning old photos and adding information to them for future generations.  I will look up the Jeanie Deans on Google to get some further information on her. 

Lynda,

If you want more info on Jeanie Deans follow this link http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=913 (http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=913)

Gav
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Post by: Clyde Paddler on May 27, 2010, 09:20 AM

Oh no!  By the time I'd sorted out various logistical issues regarding the Oban/Western Isles weekend, there was no accommodation left in Oban, so I'm not going this year :'( 

So, have a great time, Gavin, the other regulars, my brother Steven & nephew George (Friday only) and anyone else who will be there - and I'll see you at the end of June.

Bon voyage!!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clyde Paddler on May 30, 2010, 05:54 PM
Just come back to the computer to see her arriving back at Oban, due at 18.00hrs on Sunday.  See webcams   http://www.oban.org.uk/content/page.php?page_id=50&sub_id=47 on North Pier and  http://www.oban.org.uk/content/page.php?page_id=50&sub_id=60 at the lighhouse/Railway Pier   

After disembarking passengers, she'll be departing for her evening cruise up to Fort William ...
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Post by: Rob Lightbody on May 30, 2010, 06:19 PM
Wish I was on board, rather than stuck at home with German flu!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clyde Paddler on May 30, 2010, 06:34 PM

Get well soon, Rob.

You can see her in Oban again on Monday at 10.00 and 19.30, and leaving to head back south at 09.00 on Tuesday - I think I'll probably not be able to watch the final one, as I'll be driving to work at that time.

Looking forward to our get-together at the end of June - less than four weeks now!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Aug 18, 2010, 08:54 PM
Waverley looking wonderful yesterday

https://www.flickr.com/photos/zak355/4901847586/
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Post by: Cruise_Princess on Aug 18, 2010, 09:35 PM
Just came off Waverley today....a showery sunny day ( normal summers day in Scotland!! ) It  was glorious as was wee waverley steaming along at a rate of knots....as she approached Dunoon to pick us up on the return journey she sailed straight into a rainbow......it was magnificent!! 
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Aug 21, 2010, 10:37 AM
Can't resist posting another one as her clyde season draws to an end.

i think this is a simply outstanding shot.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/zak355/4910925946/
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Post by: Cruise_Princess on Aug 21, 2010, 10:41 AM
Its a cracker....obviously not taken on wednesday as we arrived it was bucketing doon....
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Aug 21, 2010, 11:12 AM
What an excellent photo.  Well done to the photgrapher for framing the Waverley with the beautiful scenery.  . 
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Post by: Waverley on Aug 21, 2010, 10:08 PM
Another great photo from Zak.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/zak355/4879370975/in/faves-30875458@N07/
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Aug 22, 2010, 02:15 PM
I thought you would like to see this photo of the Waverley when she was escorting the QV from Greenock in July 2010.  You can see that her engines were working very hard to keep up with the ship.  She looks magnificent.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Aug 23, 2010, 05:07 PM
Lovely photo Lynda, thanks!!  I think Waverley can do 16 knots fairly easily, a tiny bit more if pushed!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Cruise_Princess on Aug 25, 2010, 12:13 PM
She's a wee sweetie.....this is her last trip  up the Kyles from  Arran today.....we love hearing the chug chug of her paddles as she approaches the bay,,,,
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Aug 30, 2010, 09:42 AM
Lovely photo Lynda, thanks!!  I think Waverley can do 16 knots fairly easily, a tiny bit more if pushed!

Hi All,

Waverley could just touch 18knots on a good calm day. She was hitting in excess of 16knts yesterday evening as we rushed to land an ill passenger at Largs. Unfortunately she sustained damage to her port paddle wheel which meant repairs had to be carried out alongside at Largs. This meant a final return to Glasgow at 0100 !!

Today she undertakes her final Clyde Season cruise after which she will head for the South Coast and Thames. She will return for one final weekend on the Clyde in October.

Thanks to those on the forum who supported to World's only Seagoing Paddlesteamer to date this season!!

Gav (depressed as he is back at work today after a wonderful 12 day cruise on QV in the med)
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Post by: singlemalt on Sep 04, 2010, 04:01 PM

Thanks to those on the forum who supported to World's only Seagoing Paddlesteamer to date this season!!

Gav (depressed as he is back at work today after a wonderful 12 day cruise on QV in the med)

As a Waverley first timer this season; I can DEFINITELY say I'll be back for more!
Just waiting to see how school work pans out first but would love to make it up there for the final Clyde weekend..... and if not; roll on next season. She's a beautiful old lady!

Will you be involved with any ongoing work when she's laid up over the Winter?
If so, you'll have to keep us updated with photos and info  :)


PS Hope your post-cruise blues have disappeared with the sunny weather!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Sep 20, 2010, 12:53 PM
Hi Singlemalt,

Post cruise blues were replaced with work blues in the shape of a trip to Calcutta!!  >:( Still I suppose the Emirates Business Class flights made up for it a wee bit (and the view of QE2 when we came into land at Dubai on Sat morning)

On the subject of Waverley I will be involved with her at points throughout the winter on board and through my position on the Council of the PSPS. Any foties I have or take will be posted here no worries. You can also keep up with things at www.pspsscotland.com (http://www.pspsscotland.com)

The final clyde weekend this year will be an emotional one as Jim McFadzean - Waverley's legendary purser retires after 23yrs!  :-[ The Sunday will be a tear jerker!!

Hope to see you (and others on here) back on the ship again next season.
Gav  :D
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Sep 20, 2010, 07:02 PM
News of Waverley's travels yesterday

Steaming from Southampton to Weymouth, conditions were such
that PS Waverley's planned call at Bournemouth was cancelled;
it sounded from friend's message that it was a wee bit choppy!

Everyone also enjoyed watching the Rescue Helicopter out on exercise.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Sep 22, 2010, 08:26 AM
Waverley has suffered quite a bit of disruption for various reasons while on the solent - a pity - she moves onto the Thames at the end of the week so heres hoping for a smoother run. She returns for one day to view the new QE then back to the Clyde. I hope theres a weather window for Lands End or we'll be boatless that weekend  :-[
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: andyh on Oct 31, 2010, 06:17 PM
Here is a View of the Waverley after she followed the Queen Elizabeth out of Southampton on her Maiden Voyage
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Nov 04, 2010, 07:42 PM
Sea Breezes: the worldwide magazine of ships and the sea.

'Back cover: Paddle steamer Waverley approaching Bournemouth on 9 Sep 2010'
She's looking superb!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on May 12, 2011, 01:36 PM
Glasgow Evening Times has published an article today about the financial difficulties facing the Waverley as a result of rising fuel costs.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/editor-s-picks/high-and-maybe-dry-1.1101039
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on May 31, 2011, 01:11 PM
A wee update on the World's Only Sea Going Paddle Steamer,

She is currently still in Garvel Dry Dock due to delays on works being carried out on her rudder. This was the reason she was unable to carry out her timetabled sailings last weekend on the Clyde. It is hoped that she will commence her Bristol Channel sailings as timetabled on Friday.

Given the volume of pre-booked sailings for last weekend it was a disaster that she was unable to sail - the company could do with the revenue at the moment.

Keep your fingers crossed folks - we're in for a rough season this year!!

Gav
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on May 31, 2011, 07:56 PM
I was so sorry to hear about the problems that the Waverley was having.  It must be difficult for the ship to get revenue within in such a short season then to lose out on the Bank Holiday trips that is so sad. 

My fingers and toes are crossed for a successful season for this beautiful ship. 
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Aug 18, 2011, 06:53 PM
There is an article in the Scotsman 17 August 2011 basically saying that there has been a 32% increase in the number of passengers on the Waverley in July 2011 compared to July 2010.  The Charity that owns the Waverley is hoping this increase will help with their financial situation and secure the future of ship.  32,500 sailed on PS Waverley during July. 
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Alistair on Aug 19, 2011, 06:39 AM
That's good news and it's nnice to tink we contributed in some small way  :D
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Post by: Cunarder Man on Sep 04, 2011, 10:56 AM
Came across this interesting publication from 1977 Silver Jubilee Souvenir Special, Ayr Edition 10p !
There must be more out there.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Oct 08, 2011, 08:30 AM
BBC Radio 4 Today programme - is broadcasting a few minutes about Waverley now, Saturday - 8th October.
Listen on iPlayer at about 75 minutes in to broadcast (8.20 am)

Mr James,  Chairman of Steam operating company being interviewed sounding quite optimistic about next season,
appealing for more funds to be added to the 'considerable amount' already collected.
He also mentioned that her final trip could be next weekend.
(A member of the PSPS on board last Saturday,
 said that bookings are already bering taken for next year)

Good luck - and Godspeed to Waverley

link to iplayer here - 'listen again'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/default.stm
Title: Re: PS Waverley film
Post by: bobso on Nov 20, 2011, 09:45 AM
Here is a film of the "Waverly" going for a trip---"Doon the Watter"--see inside the Wavery's engine room--visit Dumbarton Rock,Kilcreggen,Rothesay--some good views of the Waverly


Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Feb 11, 2012, 05:33 PM
PS Waverley's first visit to London 1978

Thanks to HeritageSteamers
(If I'm not mistaken - you may catch a glimpse of the person who knits all the Funnel hats!)
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Tyne Turbine on Feb 12, 2012, 01:01 AM
Surprising how these clips have suddenly leapt to prominence in the last day or so having been available on the web for some time, must be the wonders of Facebook.

For any one that is interested in passenger excursion vessels the Heritage Steamers site operated by Andrew Gladwell is well worth a visit as is the Turbine Steamers site by Gordon Stewart.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Feb 12, 2012, 03:24 PM
I thought you would like to see this photo of the Waverley when she was escorting the QV from Greenock in July 2010.  You can see that her engines were working very hard to keep up with the ship.  She looks magnificent.

I love your photo because it shows the steam from the whistle!  I love that sound, reminds me how "boring" today's air-whistles sound!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: tramscape on Feb 13, 2012, 11:19 PM
Thnaks for the plug TT

www.paddlesteamers.info is the internet's leading regularly updated paddle steamer website  -  many hundreds of illustrated pages to refer to and as "complete" as is feasible

Within that is the website of the Clyde Turbine Steamer Foundation  (  www.paddlesteamers.info/turbines.htm  ) featuring the Clyde turbines, but also all passenger turbine ships including liners but tjhose are not in great detail

Serious preservation campaigning and action where possible is associated with TS Queen Mary (the one who lent its name to Cunards's Queen Mary for many years) which is still with us but needing everyone to rally round her.

I've posted on the separate Queen Mary (II) thread but please visit  www.paddlesteamers.info/QM.htm  where you will find out all there is to know, keep up with the latest developments, see how we try to ensure her survival and invite you to shew your interest in whatever capacity you so wish

Gordon
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on May 13, 2012, 09:19 PM
PS Waverley is featuring well on TV at the moment!
'Coast' - BBC2
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Jul 30, 2012, 08:56 AM
The Waverley will be escorting the Queen Elizabeth out of Greenock on 2 August.  I noticed on the PS Waverley Appreciation Society page on Facebook that there is to be an earlier departure time for the Queen Elizabeth which has resulted in the Waverley's timetable being changed for the boat to leave Glasgow at 13.30.  I am thinking I would like to book tickets for the Waverley to do this trip but will need to check availability soon. 

It is only a month since I was last on the Waverley and already I have withdrawal symptoms.   :)
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Aug 02, 2012, 09:44 PM
We had an absolutely amazing day onboard PS Waverley sailing from Glasgow to Greenock down the Clyde then escorting Queen Elizabeth from Greenock down the Clyde.  We were blessed with good weather and once again Waverley excelled.  ;D

I will post some photos tomorrow. 
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: matdark on Aug 08, 2012, 06:01 PM
the Waverley from QE last week ;)
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Aug 08, 2012, 06:11 PM
Brilliant photos and we had such beautiful weather which made the day even more special.   :)
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Aug 08, 2012, 08:51 PM
I think these photos are from the day of QE's visit too

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7116/7699983168_2c403c3b20.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/fodeeroy/7699983168/)
Waverley Heading Home (https://www.flickr.com/photos/fodeeroy/7699983168/) by Dave Forbes Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people/fodeeroy/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8167/7699954208_d3d76070c8.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/fodeeroy/7699954208/)
PS Waverley at Greenock (https://www.flickr.com/photos/fodeeroy/7699954208/) by Dave Forbes Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people/fodeeroy/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7271/7699907950_e342aa38eb.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/fodeeroy/7699907950/)
Paddle Steamer Waverley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/fodeeroy/7699907950/) by Dave Forbes Photography (https://www.flickr.com/people/fodeeroy/), on Flickr
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Oct 19, 2012, 06:24 PM
She's currently making the long voyage from Southampton to Glasgow, having been stuck in Southampton for a few days due to bad weather.

Currently making more than 15 knots - go Waverley!

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?mmsi=232001540&centerx=-1.417817&centery=50.90086&zoom=10&type_color=6
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Oct 19, 2012, 06:50 PM
I was so disappointed that Waverley's sail from Glasgow tomorrow has been cancelled as we were looking forward to sailing down the Clyde to Loch Long.  Hope the Sunday trip goes ahead as planned, but unfortunately we cannot manage through to Glasgow on Sunday 
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Peter Mugridge on Oct 19, 2012, 09:29 PM
She's currently making the long voyage from Southampton to Glasgow, having been stuck in Southampton for a few days due to bad weather.

Currently making more than 15 knots - go Waverley!

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?mmsi=232001540&centerx=-1.417817&centery=50.90086&zoom=10&type_color=6

I see she took the proper side of the Isle of Wight.  I would have liked to have been at Fort Victoria at 09.42 this morning. :)
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Oct 20, 2012, 11:11 AM
Making good time!

16 knots, which is faster than we went on QM2 last week!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Bob C. on Oct 21, 2012, 12:37 AM
Making good time!

16 knots, which is faster than we went on QM2 last week!

That is FAST for that old girl!  Nice going!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: No 736 on Oct 21, 2012, 09:52 AM
PS Waverley, she has made Glasgow and will be sailing today, what a great effort.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 21, 2012, 10:12 AM
PS Waverley, she has made Glasgow and will be sailing today, what a great effort.

Congratulations! How I would have loved to have been on board for that brilliant dash home :) ...
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Bob C. on Oct 22, 2012, 12:30 AM
Brilliant!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clyde Paddler on Oct 22, 2012, 01:09 AM

Sunday was a wonderful, sunny day to end the season.  Well done to Captain Ian Clark and crew, for getting her back safely, in time for the final sailing to take place!  :)

Title: Re: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Oct 22, 2012, 07:34 AM
Sunday was a wonderful, sunny day to end the season.  Well done to Captain Ian Clark and crew, for getting her back safely, in time for the final sailing to take place!  :)

Really wish I could have been on board. I did the same trip in similar weather 2 years ago and it was marvellous.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Tyne Turbine on Feb 28, 2013, 11:24 PM
My attention has been drawn to this clip, I do not think that it has previously had an airing on this forum:

http://local.stv.tv/glasgow/212797-waverley-paddle-steamer-preparing-for-summer-on-the-river-clyde/
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clyde Paddler on Mar 01, 2013, 02:00 PM

Between having 'panda-hat' as the spokesperson and giving bum information (the Waverley is not 57 years old), I don't think it's something would have been in a hurry to air, TT! ;D
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Apr 13, 2013, 11:20 AM
Good to see a mention of the Waverley on Chris Rust's cycling blog.  He mentions memories of the Clyde steamers in the 1950's and tells his readers how it still possible to enjoy a steamer cruise and how it can be a great way to extend your cycle touring. 

Have a look especially if you have an interest in cycling in Scotland and would like to combine a trip on the Waverley with cycling plans. 

http://sevenleagueboots.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/bicycles-and-pleasure-steamers-2013/
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Apr 15, 2013, 12:49 PM
Sunday was a wonderful, sunny day to end the season.  Well done to Captain Ian Clark and crew, for getting her back safely, in time for the final sailing to take place!  :)

I have heard a rumour (and I stress that point) that Cpt Clark is no longer with WEL - dont know any more than that but I would surmise that the fact that Balmoral is not sailing this season means two full time captains are not required.

What a shame - he was good guy and I think good for the ships' image as well.

G
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clyde Paddler on Apr 29, 2013, 11:09 PM

Unfortunately it's not a rumour, Gav.  One step forward, two steps back...  >:(
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on May 02, 2013, 01:20 PM
Ach, thats a shame - as you say a step forward (sometimes one to the side) then a big one back!!

Well - Waverley was spotted at the mouth of Loch Long the other day on pre-season trials. She departs for Oban tomorrow for what I hope is an enjoyable weekend for those who sail and a good earner for the ship!!

G
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Jul 23, 2013, 02:42 PM
BBC Wales had featured concerns about the PS Waverley.  It is good that the news channel is highlighting the importance of people sailing onboard the ship to ensure she is kept in service for all to enjoy.  It is also good to see video clip of the engines and passengers up on deck. 


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22823089
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Oct 08, 2013, 09:12 AM
Good piece about Waverley and The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society on Chris Evans breakfast show on  BBC Radio 2 this morning at about 8.30 am. Really caught my ears when Chris asked "what is the QE2 of paddle steamers?"
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Oct 09, 2013, 11:21 AM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c4gcw Interview with Douglas McGowan of Paddle Steamer Preservation Society is 2hrs 9 mins in to the show.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Alan Snelson on Nov 17, 2013, 02:32 PM
Just going through some old photos and came across this, which I didn't even know I had.

It was taken in 1989 at the start of the Whitbread round the world race and would have been just off Cowes I.O.W.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Chris Frame on Nov 17, 2013, 03:44 PM
Aww how wonderful!


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Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Sep 28, 2014, 04:16 PM
Waverley is making her way up and down the River Thames
Might anyone be thinking of coming to Whitstable on her next trip there (return London),
before she sails back to Whitstable again on Saturday, 11th October?
http://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/plan-your-trip/the-thames/

Scroll down to find images here
https://www.facebook.com/liquidhighway?fref=nf


Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Oct 20, 2015, 09:10 PM
Excellent programme about Paddle-steamers the River Clyde and all - on BBC Four now, and repeated 2.30 am - 3.30am in the early morning (Wednesday)
Sorry that it is UK only.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06jnzjx
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Peter Mugridge on Oct 20, 2015, 10:22 PM
Also... there's three pages all about Waverley on pages 74 to 76 in Steam Railway magazine issue 446, which is on sale until 5th November.  If you can't find it in your local newsagent by that date, the phone number given in it for obtaining back issues is 01858 438884.

Why is it in a railway magazine?  Well... just consider who Waverley was built for... and she is steam powered...
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Oct 21, 2015, 10:27 AM
Weekend past was Waverley's last of the 2015 season.

I think given the weather that this season will have been marginal at best but hopefully the south of border sailings and the healthy numbers last weekend will have helped offset some of any shortfalls of the early season.

Caledonian MacBrayne are currently running the Wemyss Bay / Rothesay service from Gourock as WB is out of use until Easter due to essential engineering upgrade works so on Sunday I jumped on board mv Bute at Gourock and headed to Rothesay to join Waverley for her short jaunt to Tighnabruaich, Kyles of Bute.

The weather was excellent and numbers were exceptional (the Q was three deep and stretching off of Largs Pier onto the street we were told)

I had a pleasant wee sail - pics below as follows:

(1) Waverley alongside Tighnabruaich Pier - this shot has been taken so many times over the years but I never tire of looking at it!
(2) We have just navigated the buoyed channel (nicknamed "the narrows") which joins the West and East Kyles of Bute - as you can see from the red and green buoys in the background it certainly is narrow!! We now head down the East Kyle back to Rothesay.
(3) A view of Waverley's cruiser style stern proudly proclaiming her Glasgow registry - which she has carried since she was built - as she undertakes her passenger transfer at Rothesay. As I've mentioned elsewhere it makes me feel proud to have been involved with this plucky wee vessel and to have joined her on her travels well beyond the Clyde route she was originally designed to serve.
(4) Passenger transfer completed Waverley cants round the knuckle of the pier so she is pointing the correct way and after three blasts of her steam whistle she moves astern from the pier out into the middle of Rothesay Bay.

And so her 40th anniversary season comes to a close. I don't think anyone back in the fledgling year of 1975 would have thought that she would still be sailing in preservation in 2015 - restored to 1947 condition and still going strong.

She is now tucked up safely on her winter berth at Glasgow Science Centre where once again another frenetic winter of overhaul, survey and restoration will take place before she emerges once again for her Western Isles cruises in May 2016.

Her master has given notice so there will be a different person(s) on the bridge next season but the show must go on - there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer......

I love that boat - my heart skips a beat every time I see her and like QE2 she represents all that is / was great about Great Britain and Clydebuilt.

 :)

Gav

Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 21, 2015, 02:13 PM
Thanks, Gav, for the update and the photos - marvelous !  Very well said about Waverley and QE2 !  Three cheers for them both !   :)
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Oct 21, 2015, 06:32 PM
Good that there was fine weather for her final cruise of the year and that so many people made the effort to be onboard.  We were only onboard once this year for the sail down the Clyde to see QM2 in May and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. 

Gav, Who is responsible for the Winter overhaul? is it all volunteers or a mix of volunteers and people commissioned to do the work?
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Oct 22, 2015, 01:06 PM
Hi Lynda,

It is a mix of volunteers (which myself and Shelagh used to be), the ship's own engineering staff and sub contractors (all dependant on the work required)

In the past BAE systems apprentices and cadets from the Nautical College have assists with certain projects - eg BAE Systems attended to the steering engine last winter.

I can dig out some work party photos I have and put them in the "techy matters" topic if anyone is interested!

Gav
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Jun 13, 2018, 08:23 AM
Cant think of anywhere else to put this - came across a shot of Waverley passing a pebble grey hulled QE2 at Southampton in Sept 1982.

QE2 was still four years away from becoming a motor vessel and Waverley was still eighteen years away from the beginning of her two stage heritage rebuild!

Credit to Stuart Cameron

Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Jun 13, 2018, 09:48 AM
Brilliant picture thanks for posting Gav. 

We can move if necessary but for now I think this topic is fine for the photo and we can link from other topics as well. 
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Apr 22, 2019, 01:04 PM
BBC4 (TV)
Wednesday, 24th April,
Michael Portillo in Great British Railway Journeys
....From "Greeenock he sets sail in the World's last seagoing paddle steamer"!
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: June Ingram on Apr 22, 2019, 02:57 PM
What a great photo, Gav !  Thanks for sharing !   :)
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Apr 22, 2019, 07:10 PM
BBC4 (TV)
Wednesday, 24th April,
Michael Portillo in Great British Railway Journeys
....From "Greeenock he sets sail in the World's last seagoing paddle steamer"!

Thanks for the tip-off - I can't remember - is this a repeat or not?
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Peter Mugridge on Apr 22, 2019, 11:25 PM
Looking online....

BBC4, Wednesday 24th, 19.30, and it's listed as series 6, episode 3 of 20, Repeat.

However, the Waverley appearance is listed as being in the previous episode, series 2 number 2 of 20, which is not currently scheduled to be shown.

Listings guide here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xgqxy/episodes/guide

It'll update when it gets scheduled.  Meanwhile, Rob - I've sent you a screenshot of what the page shown right now.
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Twynkle on Apr 24, 2019, 08:28 PM
Thanks for the tip-off - I can't remember - is this a repeat or not?

Hoping very much that you saw it!!
Think there'll be one or two things that might be familiar ;)
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Apr 25, 2019, 01:18 PM
Hi Folks,

Waverley's drydocking is progressing well - it looks like she will maybe exit on Sunday.

In the meantime here is a pictorial account posted on the PSPS Website of her tow from Glasgow to James Watt Dock, Greenock on Friday 12th April and a subsequent update on progress.

ps Waverley - PSPS Website (https://www.paddlesteamers.org/news/national/waverley-heads-for-dry-dock/)

Looking forward to the tour on Sat 4th May - its been a long time since I've been on board post dry dock!!

Gav
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: No 736 on May 03, 2019, 08:32 PM
Terrible news for Waverley and her supporters.
Have just read on Waverley Excursions that her Clyde sailings in May, June and July will not take place due to extended boiler work.
Guessing this may effect the tour on may 4th.?
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on May 03, 2019, 09:48 PM
Hi folks,

I am in regular contact with Waverley management - whilst this is a devastating blow tomorrow’s tour will proceed as planned.

I really feel for those involved with the ship at the moment- testing times but can I reach out to all on this forum. QE2 and Waverley have one important thing in common. They are Clydebuilt- let’s channel our strength and support for the worlds last seagoing paddle steamer. If our beloved liner could she would.

#Clydebuiltandproud

Gav
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Rob Lightbody on May 04, 2019, 08:06 AM
Devastating news for Waverley and her team ( and all her fans).
Title: Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on May 04, 2019, 08:33 AM
Gav, what sort of support did you have in mind?