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Author Topic: PS Waverley - Taken out of service requiring new boilers (May 2019)  (Read 2193 times)

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Offline tramscape

Just over 300 were at the appeal launch, but not me. This is less than the would set off from Glasgow with on a decent Saturday's cruise......but under the circumstances, still a good turn out

However, £ 100 k is a small amount and apparently much of it represents tickets bought but for which refunds have not been sought. It is unlikely that a substantial amount more will be raised from the general public

Waverley's annual turnover in tickets is around £ 1.5 million so yes, that would go a long way, but persuading people to buy "virtual tickets", whilst sounding good, is probably not going to have the effect needed

Therefore, it basically relies on a major selfless benefactor and that doesn't seem likely, but you never know

As far as I understand it, the ship will not lose grandfather rights for some time, so maybe there is time to put in a lottery grant application after all

I would be surprised if they would commit £ 200 k on a deposit for a boiler if there is no expectation of the rest being raised and I would not expect a manufacturer to commence manufacturing either, so everything seems very much up in the air to me

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I'm really worried, and feel I may have already sailed on her for the last time, which makes me unbelievably sad.
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I can't remember if I posted at the time, but last August, my colleague took me out on the Clyde in his rather nifty speedboat, and by complete luck and coincidence, we met Waverley as she came over to Dunoon from Greenock.  We were alongside her as she steamed in, and again as she steamed out.  I discovered that a very bouncy speedboat isn't the best platform to shoot a video, but the photos are OK!  I am thinking now how lucky I was to witness it - I said to my colleague at the time, that there was no guarantee that she'd sail for much longer, and he should enjoy it too, and appreciate it.  He didn't know much about Waverley at all, despite having a boat moored in Dunoon.   

I never took her for granted.


PS Waverley approaching Dunoon Pier
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PS Waverley approaching Dunoon Pier
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Waverley at Dunoon Pier
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Waverley and the seals
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Beautiful, simply beautiful. Ship and scenery!
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Great photos of Waverley, Rob !  Some of the best I have seen !   :)
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Waverley has been photographed a billion and one times, but that one with the seals stands out from the crowd  for obvious reasons

Brilliant

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Waverley has been photographed a billion and one times, but that one with the seals stands out from the crowd  for obvious reasons

Brilliant

Thank you - it was very stressful taking it!  The speedboat was bobbing around like crazy, and I knew the scene would just last for seconds!  If I hadn't been using my "good" camera - with the high shutter speed set - none of the photos would have come out at all.
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  I think the appeal could be handled a bit better and they are loosing opportunities to get funding.   

Cant help but think the Waverley Mug is a golden chance missed. get a few made. sell  for £20 (£3 to post them) and there you have a donation built in, everyone buys mugs ! 
I bought the Waverley Bottle top warmers on the very first gathering ..they have never been used but just sit there ontop of my bottles .
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A step forward - announced yesterday.

I am somewhat glad to read that Cochran of Annan are the selected vendor - it is their Thermax model of package boilers which are being replaced and I would imagine that this will limit the amount of changes (if any) required to the vessel to accomodate them - namely the mounts on the bottom hull frames.

Also I would hope Cochran will have taken the findings from the existing units and input some modification to the design to try (as much as possible) to prevent the issues that caused the existing units to require replacement re-occurring within the lifetime of these new units (assuming the issues had anything to do with the construction of course)

This project also takes the opportunity to remove redundant equipment from the Boiler Room - namely the Furnace Oil conditioning systems as she in no longer permitted to burn that type of fuel any more - relocate some of the auxiliary equipment to a better location etc.

Effectively try to future proof the installation as far as possible.

Theres still a long road to go however this is a significant milestone.

Waverley Boiler Order Placed.

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Thanks, Gav, for the update !   :)
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Fantastic news this morning, with the Scottish government giving £1 million.  One more QE2 story gathering on board is looking more possible!

Waverley paddle steamer appeal given £1m from Scottish government

I think they've done the right thing, but as a taxpayer I'd hope there's some conditions attached. 

Oh and if they get her going again - please don't let drunken, yobbish Stag and Hen do's ruin Saturdays - it takes away the vast majority of the days of the year when I am actually free to go on board :(
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Oh and if they get her going again - please don't let drunken, yobbish Stag and Hen do's ruin Saturdays

That would be some feat. Let's see !

Fantastic news anyway. She will survive
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  Oh and if they get her going again - please don't let drunken, yobbish Stag and Hen do's ruin Saturdays - it takes away the vast majority of the days of the year when I am actually free to go on board :( 

Sadly these "events" bring in a load of revenue, there is also the  flip side that it puts people off, but unless droves of people are not going because of that express reason , unless numbers are down so much that the steamer is sailing at less than capacity, then these sailing will carry on. If they could be persuaded to run a non stag/hen sailing it might be a boon for those that done care for that element of society on the open decks, But it would l fear also confirm to the company just how profitable these sailings are. 
 
I remember speaking with someone in the know on Queen Mary about their Ink Festival. It might not be what we think is best or even a good idea, but the income from the bar sales is something that simply cannot be turned down. and if the crowd take over all the cabins as well, it is a big money spinner.

We run Prosecco afternoons, im sure you know the type of thing unlimited prosecco with food , it caters for a female crowd and runs between 1-4pm , i mercifully am not there, but for that 4 hours its free flowing prosecco and a disco. The staff hate them, its a hellish mess to clear up and you run very close to licensing laws. They fill up as soon as date are mentioned and we hold about 10 a year.  For that limited time frame it brings in more revenue than a whole day wedding, and generally a whole load easier and is very easy money. And while the Prosecco genuinely is unlimited, the public have no unearthly idea how much they are actually drinking, they have this fanciful idea its many bottles, the reality is no where near, BUT for it to be efective you must keep the glasses topped up. the price per head is £40
 
 The Queen Mary do a stunning Sunday brunch, and they are forever topping up your mimosa, you do really need to tell them to stop, And like most American places they use decent orange juice  Iv always said its one of the best brunch venues out  there. You pay what l think is a cheap price for such an experience, and the "champagne" is all their own Queen Mary Labels then as you take a look over the Queen Mary in their souvenir shops , you can buy your own Queen Mary Champagne. The first time l spotted it, l was aghast at how much they were charging per bottle, But they dont really need to sell it, but its there and people do think when seeing the price just what great value they have just had, they are not seeing the vastly inflated price of the bottle . Its a great move and l always have a quiet chuckle . But then when your getting around 900 people for a brunch, the money speaks for its self.             

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Good news - the appeal has reached the target; seen on Twitter.  Unfortunately I'm not on my main computer and this forum doesn't seem to take screenshots so all I can do is post the link.

Edit: I don't know why it's saying "tweet does not exist" because clicking on the link does indeed go straight to the tweet in question.

Edit 2: Thank you to Rob for fixing that issue and allowing the tweet to display properly. :)

https://twitter.com/islandecho/status/1207254397153099776



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Here is a screenshot. Good news indeed!

The actual article is here :

https://www.islandecho.co.uk/paddle-steamer-waverley-saved-as-appeal-reaches-2-3million-target/
« Last Edit: Dec 19, 2019, 07:01 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Great Christmas present for enthusiasts and those directly involved!

I dont think anyone ever thought that the target would be reached in seven months!

Looking forward to monitoring progress when she arrives at Dales Marine, Greenock during January.

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It was at the QE2 Story get together in May, when we visited PS Waverley for a tour that we were first made aware of the need to raise over £2million to allow the boiler work to take place and the ship to sail again.

Fantastic news that the money has been raised in such a relatively short time and that we can look forward to sailing on the Waverley next year - sounds like a good option for a QE2 Story get together
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Great Christmas present for enthusiasts and those directly involved!

I dont think anyone ever thought that the target would be reached in seven months!

Looking forward to monitoring progress when she arrives at Dales Marine, Greenock during January.

Gav

This is fantastic news, it really is.  I'm overjoyed and will be making immense efforts to travel on her at least once.
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One has to wonder, though, what  the situation would have been if the Scottish Government had not come up with half of it.

I'm not sure what specific fund this money came from, if any, but it came much more quickly than would have happened with "normal" applications for funding. I guess that the Scottish Governement's much-trumpeted "Year of Coasts and Waters" in 2020 had a lot to do with it - it would have been much damaged by Waverley's absence !

Whatever the whys and wherefores, us enthusiasts can only be glad that this particular project was treated so favourably 
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