Waverley docks for winter refit after busy season

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Paddle steamer and Clyde cruisers’ favourite, PS Waverley, is now berthed in Glasgow while she undergoes her annual winter refit and maintenance after carrying more than 52,000 passengers in just four months.

Operating a reduced timetable with reduced capacity owing to Covid restrictions, the vessel’s popularity meant that it was well supported on the many journeys that it did make during its short sailing season between June and September.

These included weekly visits to Arran, a fundraising cruise for Tighnabruaich Pier, and calling at Ardrishaig for the first time in 20 years.

Work is progressing well with several sections of timber decking being replaced, the port boiler furnace and tubes cleaned out and part of the main engine dismantled for survey and maintenance.

In the coming weeks work will focus on the low pressure cylinder on Waverley’s steam engine and the condenser.

The winter works on the vessel and its heritage machinery and fittings is expected to cost in the region of £450,000.

Thankfully, following the successful Clyde sailing season, only £150,000 will be required from fundraising to cover these costs.

Dry dock is now booked for late April with the aim of returning to service in May 2022.