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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.
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Re: PS Waverley
« Reply #1 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.
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Re: PS Waverley
« Reply #2 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
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Re: PS Waverley
« Reply #3 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
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Re: PS Waverley
« Reply #4 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.



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Re: PS Waverley
« Reply #5 on: Apr 14, 2009, 02:21 PM »
Waverley timetables for all UK day cruises now on line.


http://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/
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Re: PS Waverley
« Reply #6 on: Apr 14, 2009, 11:55 PM »
Hope she comes back soon stronger than ever

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« Reply #7 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!
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Re: In her Element
« Reply #8 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!)

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Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2009, 08:44 AM »
Where is she? She's not been at her science centre berth for a while now.
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Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2009, 09:26 AM »
Been in dry dock most likely, Starts this years sailing season this friday....
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Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
« Reply #11 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.
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Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
« Reply #12 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.
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Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
« Reply #13 on: Jun 01, 2009, 08:51 PM »
Latest Waverley Photos. Scroll down then click for larger images

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Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
« Reply #14 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!!
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Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
« Reply #15 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/
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Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
« Reply #16 on: Jun 02, 2009, 09:45 PM »
Rob, these are indeed excellent photos. Thanks for finding them
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Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
« Reply #17 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:



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



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



Back underway:



Departing Tobermory:



Saga Ruby passing Tobermory:



Oban sunset on 1st June:





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?
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Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
« Reply #18 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!
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Re: PS Waverley (The World's last ocean-going Paddle Steamer)
« Reply #19 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!
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