Glasgow Paddle Steamer Waverley celebrates 70 years since maiden voyage

The Paddle Steamer Waverley is close to Glaswegian hearts. Built on the Clyde she first entered service in June 1947 and is now the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Waverley is named after Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet Sir Walter Scott’s first novel. She is powered by a triple-expansion marine steam engine. PS Waverley sailed from Craigendoran on the Firth of Clyde to Arrochar on Loch Long until 1973 when she was sadly withdrawn from service being seen at the time as too costly to operate by the then owners and was in need of significant repairs. Fortunately the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society stepped in to save the day. In 1974 she was gifted to the Society for the token sum of £1. After a public appeal to secure funding the Waverley returned to service.

Waverley is now operated on behalf of the Society by Waverley Excursions Limited. Last week Glasgow celebrated 70 years since the steamer's maiden voyage with a cruise for 300 people from Glasgow Science Centre to Loch Long. On board were two men, James Stevenson and Alistair Thories, who were on the maiden sailing 70 years ago. PS Waveley looked a magnificent sight as she made her way, a proud ship that represents an important part of Glasgow's and the River Clyde's history.

Images: Waverley from Paddle Steamer Preservation Society webpage and Sir Walter Scott painting by William Allan

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