Paddle Steamer Waverley

The Waverley is the last seagoing Paddle Steamer in the World. Built on the Clyde in 1947 to replace the original Waverley that sunk off Dunkirk in 1940. The Waverley was originally built to sail only between Craigendorran & Arrochar in West Scotland.

Paddle Steamer Waverley, built almost 70 years ago, is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer. In 1975, at the end of her working life, she was famously bought for £1 by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, a charity registered in Scotland, was set up to operate the ship. Waverley then began a second career as one of the country’s best-loved tourist attractions.

Paddle Steamer Waverley

14 Comments CherryPie on Jan 30th 2015

14 Responses to “Paddle Steamer Waverley”

  1. ....peter:) says:

    These are two wonderful pictures of the Waverley Cherie… i like the big puff of smoke as she approaches the shore….peter:)

    i waited another 45 minutes and your link worked:)

  2. james higham says:

    Good to see you have your site back again. Yes, lovely pics.

  3. Astrid says:

    Wonderful steamer and what a great pictures of the other boats/destroyers.
    I just came home from some errands on the market, soaking whet, so I sympathy with your story with the beautiful rainbow…. No rainbow here, just whet spots os snow and rain…
    I am glad your site works again….
    Have a great day/week with great pictures.

  4. There was a most interesting documentary on TV recently about paddle steamers, which I enjoyed.
    Paddle steamers used to travel to America from Liverpool many years ago, some, apart from transporting ordinary passengers the also had chained, in the bowels of the ship, black African people, who had been transported to Liverpool from Africa. They were then literally thrown onto of the ship, thus to be transported to America to work as slaves, mostly on the cotton plantations.
    If they were lucky and had a good master they probably had a slightly better lie, but sadly that wasn’t always the case.
    I don’t know whether you’ve made that trip to Liverpool yet, Cherie, but there are several interesting Museums including one dedicated to slavery, most interesting but heart breaking in parts
    best wishes,
    Di xx.

    • CherryPie says:

      That sounds like a really interesting documentary program. I have not yet made it to Liverpool for a visit, I really must make the effort as it is not that far from me ;-)

  5. Ayush says:

    good to have seen both the front and side views of this paddle steamer, Cheryl. very interesting post

  6. lisl says:

    Good to see the Waverley again – it took me on my first visit to Lundy in 1973 – an island that I kept returning to until it got spoilt with over-visiting

  7. J_on_tour says:

    The Waverley is a wonderful vessel, thanks for posting this and bringing it to peoples attention. A little out of the zone I’m familiar with here but I realise it gradually works it’s way anticlockwise around the country each year from Oban to the Thames.
    My interest in boats began in my late childhood on 5 summer trips to the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. The first year was in 1975 when I had many opportunities of seeing it close up from a 120 seater charter boat that was hired out to the centre where we stayed. It grabbed my attention immediately as a result of the £1 price tag. I remember seeing it sat on some rocks just off Dunoon Pier in 1977. We arrived a week after the event and it took some care to remove it. I had to wait until 1988 for my first trip on it from Troon Docks (not allowed to sail from standard Calmac terminals)to Brodick on Arran. A train load of us got transferred from the railway station to the docks by a fleet of buses. I was surprised it wasn’t docked. The weather and wind was awful and I remember climbing up on the dock wall next to the sea. I wanted to get straight back down again for several reasons, one of which was I spotted Waverley in the distance struggling towards us, swaying from side to side with the paddles coming out of the water. It didn’t seem as bad with a full load on board later. My second trip was in my Bristol days (2004 or 2005) and a much more calmer sunday afternoon cruise around a bird sanctuary island in the Bristol Channel and a trip upstream under the Severn Bridges. Last time I saw it was docked on The Clyde in Glasgow during 2010 for a winter re-fit.

    Pleased to say I can access your site now, tried this post last week.