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Author Topic: Waverley - 2018 program  (Read 1223 times)
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« on: March 29, 2018, 08:34:13 pm »

31st August 2018 to 4th September - Paddle Steamer Waverley on the Bristol Channel
7th to 20th September - on the south coast (Weymouth, Swanage, Southampton, Portsmouth)
21st September to 7th October - Thames estuary and London

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Fond, fond memories ... I may well go down to the sea to see her and perhaps have a ride.

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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2018, 06:27:39 am »

Hundreds of passengers on board The Waverley paddle steamer were left stranded when it broke down in the middle of the Clyde.

The ship was stuck between Greenock and Helensburgh for several hours but later made it to Greenock.

Waverley Excursons Ltd said it was due to a problem with boiler controls and it regretted the inconvenience and disappointment of passengers.

Specialist engineers will now try to repair the ship.

Tommy Barnes, who was on board the steamer, told BBC Radio Scotland: "There are worse places to be stranded but after a while it does start to wear thin."

The Waverley set off from the centre of Glasgow at 10:00 on Saturday, and it was due to stop in Helensburgh, Dunoon and Rothesay.

All goes to show that any piece of public transport has occasional problems and ...

Waverley Excursions said it tried to book coaches to transport passengers who disembarked at Helensburgh, but none were available.

... there are never buses available when you need them.

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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2018, 09:26:31 am »

PS Waverley's problems back in 1981 led to my first ever helicopter ride.  She had taken a post-university group of us over to Lundy Island from Ilfracombe for a week's holiday in blissful isolation.  Unfortunately, prior to her arranged return on the following Saturday, she ran aground in Cardiff Bay and put herself out of action for the next few weeks.  We were well and truly stuck in this 'blissful isolation' unless we stumped up ca. 30? each for the helicopter journey to Hartland Point, plus the taxi fare to Barnstable station.  It was a king's ransom for us - I used to draw out 5 in those days for a weekend's entertainment.
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