Waverley Paddle Steamer turns 70

The Waverley Paddle Steamer celebrates a special birthday with this year marking 70 years since her launch in 1946.

Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 1:01 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 2:12 pm

Waverley’s keel was laid on December 27, 1945 but due to material shortages after the war, she was not ready for launch until October 2, 1946. It wasn’t until the following year on January 20, 1947 that she was towed to Greenock for the installation of her boiler and engines. Finally she made her maiden voyage on June 16, 1947 and started what was to become a very long career.

Ross Cochrane, Waverley’s Captain said: “Waverley is a very special ship full of history and charm and there is a trip for everyone - young and old - to enjoy. Every passenger who comes aboard helps this beautiful ship continue to sail and I would encourage everyone to come and enjoy a trip on her. Some of the best scenery in the world is in the West Coast of Scotland and Waverley offers a unique way to experience it. I look forward to welcoming you onboard.”

Sailings from Glasgow aboard the world’s last sea going Paddle Steamer start on the Bank Holiday weekend of Friday May 27. This trip visits Dunoon and cruises amid the dramatic mountain scenery of one of the Clyde ‘Fjords’ - Loch Long.

On May 31, Waverley makes her annual voyage round the Mull of Kintyre – all the way to Oban! And from June 4-6, the Waverley sails from Oban to Skye.

Waverley’s summer sailings begin on Saturday June 18th. For more go to www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk