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Paddle Steamer Waverley - Ayr Harbour

Paddle Steamer Waverley Arriving and Berthing at Ayr Harbour, South Ayrshire, Scotland

The Paddle Steamer Waverley slowing as it enters the river Ayr channel.

The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer left in the world and spends her summers cruising the Clyde. Or rather...

Having recently been out of the water and not carrying passengers for over a year the Waverley has now had her boilers replaced - at considerable expense, much from public contributions.

The Waverley went back into service in August 2020 and in September was promptly rammed at speed into Brodick pier on Arran, causing considerable damage to her bow and, more importantly, injuring 24 passengers.

The future is, to say the least, a little uncertain.


Paddle Steamer Waverley Arriving and Berthing at Ayr Harbour, South Ayrshire, Scotland

The Paddle Steamer Waverley moving into the River Ayr.

Four Waverleys are better than one. They can do a lot more damage when ramming piers.


Paddle Steamer Waverley Arriving and Berthing at Ayr Harbour, South Ayrshire, Scotland

The Paddle Steamer Waverley moving upstream towards her berth.

Slowing down as she hugs the north bank of the river.


Paddle Steamer Waverley Arriving and Berthing at Ayr Harbour, South Ayrshire, Scotland

The Paddle Steamer Waverley manoeuvring in the River Ayr.

Having reversed upstream and above the pier. Or, having gone astern upstream etc.


Paddle Steamer Waverley Arriving and Berthing at Ayr Harbour, South Ayrshire, Scotland

The Paddle Steamer Waverley tied up at Ayr.

Berthing to unload and load passengers. Embark? Disembark?




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