All aboard the Waverley this weekend
Just look at the crowds – book up for a big weekend on PS Waverley.
By Rose Inse Gall
Don’t miss the chance to sail aboard Waverley this weekend on the last summer sailings of 2018.
On Sunday August 26th, you can enjoy a Sunday roast with the best views in the world. Spend the afternoon in Rothesay or sail to Arran via the Kyles of Bute.
Named after Sir Walter Scott’s first novel, Waverley was built for the London & North Eastern Railway to replace the paddle steamer, HMS Waverley, which was sunk on May 29, 1940 whilst evacuating troops from Dunkirk.
The paddler was launched on October 2, 1946 from the former A&J Inglis yard in Glasgow, Waverley made her maiden voyage on June 16, 1947.
Down below – the Waverley’s engines are a big favourite with the children.
In 1974, Waverley was bought and began a second career as a tourist attraction with going down below to see the engines a big favourite with children.
Since then, she has been in the operational preservation and she has carried over five million passengers from over 60 ports around the UK.
A major restoration project returned Waverley to the original 1940s style in which she was built. Passengers can eat, drink and relax in the restored period lounges on board and enjoy panoramic views from the sun-kissed promenade deck.
John Simm, Waverley’s captain said: “We have had an amazing season on the Clyde the warm weather was an extra bonus and it has been great to see so many passengers joining us for excursions. There are trips for all to enjoy and it has been a pleasure welcoming everyone on board. The last week is always special there is a fantastic atmosphere on Waverley, so don’t miss out.”
Pictures by Bill Heaney
Busy boat – it’s all happening on the PS Waverley.