Paddle Steamer Waverley, River Clyde

Paddle Steamer Waverley, River Clyde, Glasgow

 
This evening, I am focusing on the Paddle Steamer Waverley which has become synonymous with Glasgow owing to the vessel havig been built on the Clyde ( 1947) and regularly based on the Clyde throughout both winter and summer cruising season.
 
The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world but the combined demands of high rnning costs and the need for major restorations have taken their toll. However, it is believed a generous donation ahs been fortehcoming from a local lottery winner to secure the vessel’s operation during the 2012 cruising season although beyond that the future for the vessel seems opaque.
 
Here are some historical facts concerning the vessel:
  • Built to replace a namesake vessel which was sunk during WW2 at Dunkirk. Used for transport around the Firth of Clyde.
  • Withdrawn from commercial service in 1974 due to high operating costs.
  • Acquired by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society in 1974 and restored in 2003.
  • The Waverley cruises not only the local Clyde waters but all around the British Isles during the Easter-October  season.
  • Named after a romantic, historical novel by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) in turn inspired by a ruined Cistercian monastery in Surrey, England.
The Waverley has attracted an aura of romance history appropriate for the novel after which it is named. Whilst the literature lives on the vessel’s future is dependent on the continuing  generosity of funders.
 
A trip ‘doon the watter’ ( as they say in Glasgow) on the Waverley is one to savor.

 

 
Paddle Steamer Waverley, River Clyde

Paddle Steamer Waverley, River Clyde, Glasgow

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