The Waverley, the world's last sea-going paddlesteamer
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Where: Sails from Ayr, Ayr
When: 03 May - 20 Oct 2013
Opening hours: 9am-9pm
Website: Visit website
Built on the Clyde in 1947 - to replace the original vessel that sunk off Dunkirk in 1940, the Waverley was originally built to sail only between Craigendorran & Arrochar in West Scotland. It is amazing to think that she now sails right round Britain offering regular trips on the Clyde, the Thames, South Coast of England and the Bristol Channel with other calls at various ports & piers throughout the UK. £1 doesn't get you much these days, but in 1974 it bought a 693-tonne paddle steamer! Mounting running costs left the then operators no choice but to withdraw Waverley from service with the idea of preserving this unique ship. The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) stepped in and took over the helm - for the princely sum of £1. 2003 saw the completion of a major restoration project, which returned Waverley to the original 1940s style with which she was built.
Waverley Excursions Ltd, 36 Lancefield Quay, Glasgow, G3 8HA
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