Waverley appreciation

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News of a £1M investment to help return paddle steamer PS Waverley to service has been warmly welcomed by all. Especially heartening in these fractious times of political disharmony, it is noteworthy that political will and vis-a-vis the Scottish Government, recognize the cultural significance and value of PS Waverley to the people of Scotland. With words like ‘iconic’ and ‘historical’ bandied about with reckless abandon, the truth is that the Waverley is all of these things, in the true meaning of the words, and more. Not only is it loved for its familiarity – it has been around since 1947 – but as a nation proud of its history and heritage, we cherish it too for all that it represents for the region and the people of Scotland, and indeed the world. Of course, it was Clyde built, which adds further appeal to those that have treasured her over the years, from Scotland to England and even further afield. The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, and just as she was originally only intended to sail between Craigendoran and Arrocharlong, long may she continue representing and giving back so much more than could ever have been envisaged.