Tuesday 28th August 2018
Waverley Problems
The venerable paddle steamer Waverley had a troubled week.

First, the sailing on Thursday was cancelled because of high winds. There were disgruntled folk with tickets and nowhere to go.

Much better to be disgruntled on dry land than seasick on board!

Then on Saturday, there were boiler problems. These started at 1pm while she was at Helensburgh pier with 600 passenger, many hoping to get to Dunoon for the Cowal games.

She eventually got under way but had further engine problems off Greenock. She was adrift until 5pm when she was able to limp into Greenock where the passengers were able to disembark.

The Waverley is the last of the Clyde fleet of paddle steamers. She is an old lady. She was built at A & J Inglis yard in Glasgow and launched in October 1946. She was in service on the Clyde from 1947 to 1973 with sailings from Craigendoran Pier to Arrochar on Loch Long. She was rescued from the breakers yard by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society and is now a vessel of pre-eminent national importance.

It is important to remember that she sails under maritine regulations. The safety of the passengers is the first priority.

The bolier issues were fixed after Saturday's problems and she left the Clyde for Liverpool and the south coast of England.

There is one further sailing from Helensburgh on her 2018 schedule.

On Saturday 13th October, she departs Helensburgh Pier at 12.05pm for Loch Long

Details at Waverley trips from Helensburgh

For advance booking tickets the local agent is Argyll Chandlers, 89 West Clyde Street. Phone 01436 675 161.