P S Waverley at Science Centre, Glasgow, Scotland.

This evening, I am providing information on an iconic paddle steamer, Waverley which is usually based at Glasgow in S.W.Scotland. This ship has a long history, viz:

  • Built 1946 by A&J Inglis at Glasgow.
  • Hull is 240 feet long, 58 feet wide and of traditional construction.
  • Originally certificated for 1350 passengers since reduced to 860 now.
  • Rebuilt in 2000 and 2003.
  • Engine is a 2100 h.p. diagonal triple expansion which normally operates at 44 rpm to give a 13 knot service speed.
  • Paddles are 17 feet across and each has floats of 11 feet by 3 feet.
  • The ship undergoes extensive maintenance during the winter period and during April undergoes a full hull survey, painting and repairs.

Clyde Cruising

Paddle steamers had carried commuters and tourists on the Firth of Clyde since Victorian times. By 1900 there were over 50 such Clyde Steamers operating. The Waverley was the only paddle steamer built after WW2. However, demand for cruising declined in tandem with increasing car use and changes of holiday habits.

The Waverley sails on the Clyde during June, July and August calling at sixteen ports.She also visits:

  • Scottish Western Isles.
  • Liverpool and Llandudno
  • Bristol Channel
  • English South Coast.
  • London and Thames.

Tourism revenue generated by the Waverley is estimated to reach GBP7.3M each year.

P S Waverley at Erskine on River Clyde.

Waverley at winter mooring, Glasgow.

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