the webmaister goes a sail doon the watter at the
The last sea-going Paddle Steamer in the
world ..... sail back in time on one of the
world's greatest historic ships - magnificently restored with her towering
funnels, timber decks, gleaming varnish and brass. See and hear the mighty
engine, smell the sweet steam and oil as you sail amidst the famous
scenery of the Firth of Clyde.
Dine or relax with a drink in the warmth of the beautifully restored
saloon, 'Clyde built' for over 900 passengers and owned by a Scottish
2nd Oct. 1947 the paddle steamer Waverley was launched
from A & J Inglis's yard on the Clyde. She was in danger of
de-commissioning in the early 1970's, but in 1974 she was bought by
enthusiasts from the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for the bargain
price of one pound from owners CalMac and she underwent a major rebuild
boarding for the last time at Anderston Quay
the Waverley first sailed from here on the 22nd May 1975.
Glasgow Fair Monday, 19th July 2004, 9:30am was the
Waverley's last sail from its famous berth at the Broomielaw and I was
privileged to be on board on this historic occasion to witness the end of
an era. Future sails will be from from the other side of the water at
Glasgow's Pacific Quay at the Glasgow Science Centre.
Sailing doon the Broomielaw.......north side (left side of photo) of the Clyde you
can see the Armadillo and new hotels, south side is the Glasgow Science
Centre and the new Waverley embarkation point Pacific Quay.
There is a walkway bridge, Bells bridge, linking the science centre to the
SECC side.... not very clear in the photograph...but the bridge is there!
a wee photo taken
from the Waverley
for wan o' mah
Glesga Pals, Liz.
The Renfrew Ferry
the sail continued down the River Clyde, passing Clydebank,
Kilpatrick & Dumbarton
in the north side and Bishopton, Langbank,
Port Glasgow, Greenock
& Gourock to the south of the river.
...............journey continues click here
|June 2005, Stuart
Cameron, Glasgow, Scotland
"....I've only just discovered your website - looks
great and I am looking forward to surfing it many times. Once I have had a
better look I'll get back to you. Incidentally, I surfed in due to your
article of your sail 'Doon the Watter' on the Waverley - for my sins I am
the current Chairman of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society
Scottish Branch and a Trustee of the Society - so thanks for your very
positive story of your sail on the Waverley, its is appreciated - looks
like your enjoyed it - I'm glad because that's what it's all about. Once
again, many thanks and well done.
Best Regards, Stuart D Cameron BSc CEng MEI
©All these photos were taken by
the Glesga Pals webmaister