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paddle-steamer PS WAVERLEY
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No: 3011   Contributor: Lee Brown   Year: 2006   Manufacturer: A & J Inglis Ltd., Glasgow, United Kingdom   Country: United Kingdom
paddle-steamer PS WAVERLEY

The last ocean going paddle-steamer in the world, the PS WAVERLEY, is seen here apparoaching Helensburgh pier after an excursion to Rothesay via Dunoon and Gourock. July 2006.
Picture added on 18 September 2007
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Away back in the 1980s we got away with a full day's trip aboard her (we met some Americans with big bucks!!). An absolutely superb ship, the trip on the Clyde and Lochs will live long in the memories. At sixty-plus years, she is testament to the shipbuilder Inglis & Co. All maritimers should take a trip on her. We spent quite a lot of time down below in the White Horse Bar, where the port'oles looked like washing machines in a laundrette, amusing at the time!!.

Added by David Forbes on 19 September 2007.
This vessel "Waverley" used to sail between Portsmouth Harbour Station and Ryde on the Isle of Wight England, back in the early 1960's. She was then owned by British Rail, as a passenger and mail ship between the two ports. As a young Canadian Lad living then in Southsea near South Parade Pier, while my father was a submariner in training at Gosport. I managed to get a job as a deck boy / ordinary seaman onboard this ferry during my summer holidays from my school at Southsea Modern.

Here I came to know this old paddle wheeler style of ship extremely well. As I was one of the crew that was given the monumental task of carrying off the ashes and clinkers every morning before the passengers arrived onboard. This job I did with a lot of trepidation, as we had to wait by the dumb waiter / lift, while the firemen below filled these heavy burlap sacks. This brought forth a grief that was felt by both of us, while waiting for these sacks to be sent up in the lift to the upper most deck behind the secondary funnel facing aft. Here the other (unknown) boy seaman and I struggled with these heavy sacks of ash and clinkers across the deck, and onto the dock for disposal. It is not really known just how many of these sacks we discharged to the shore each morning. All I remember about this, that it was back breaking work. As well the countless hours it took us to removed the large amounts of bubble gum from the under side of the deck chairs, benches and the deck areas. Yes even the deck cigarette butt binds had to be cleaned, washed and polished. As well the nightly freshwater washing down the teak upper most deck will always be remembered.

Hard work indeed for the small pay we received at the end of each week will never be forgotten. Nor will all of these tasks performed onboard this nice old ship was repeated day in and day out, not to mention the nights, so that the traveling public could see her as she really was. " Great and Beautiful old Lady", deserving of better respect. To see her this night makes me stop and think, "what would have become of her, had it not been for seafarers and novice sailors like us back then". Yes all who sailed on this ship took the time to do it right. Today it shows that the torch has been passed down through the generations of men and women who's pride lives on in her this very day. The condition of the ship seen here, if only in photo's has brought me back to this period in time, as I will always remember how beautiful a ship she was, and still is today. Having seen her this night of Feb 18th 2011, via the Internet is truly a workmanship that will never be seen again once she is finally retired. Not many people today can, or want to remember that this ship did not only carry passengers, but that of the "Royal Mail" and supplies each day to and from the ports mentioned here within. Therefore this Graceful old ship should be allowed to carry the distinguished title and that of a Blue Ensign, as she truly is the "RMS Waverley".

Good Luck & Long Life, "RMS Waverley"

Signed by
The Ash & Clinker Boy, now

Captain Derek C. K. Kruger
Master Mariner

Cleveland, Nova Scotia

Added by Captain Derek C.K. Kruger (M.M) on 19 February 2011.
Thanks for those memories, Captain Kruger, there are several other pictures of the Waverley on this site, including my side view at picture #6410.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 19 February 2011.
Sorry, she never sailed between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight except in preservation. You will be thinking of Ryde which was the regular vessel on that route. She later became a restaurant at Binfield(?) on IOW and fell into serious disrepair. Don't know if her remnants are still there.
Waverley was a Clyde vessel all her life from 1947 till 1973 when she was sold to the PSPS for the legendary £1. Her running mate JEANIE DEANS had a spell on the Thames in the 1960s as QUEEN OF THE SOUTH.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 21 February 2011.
Recntly in Swanage, under repair, of a piston in the engine room..great looking, and reversing out of Swanage..heading / I.O. W.

Added by Brian Chambers on 01 October 2014.
She's been in and out of AIS for a couple of weeks now at Southampton and usually beck home in Glasgow by now (November 12th 2014.

Added by Dave Forbes on 12 November 2014.
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