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purser52 10th May 2019 09:20

PS Waverley
 
Sad to see that the paddle steamer Waverley will not enter service until August this year due to extended boiler works being undertaken : her programme for May, June and July has been cancelled. Good luck to all assisting with the repairs to this most iconic ship.

purser52 10th May 2019 17:14

...and having only posted the sad news above earlier today, more is received. PS Waverley will not operate at all in 2019 and an appeal has been launched to replace her boilers.

https://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/

Pilot24 11th May 2019 10:13

Its a great pity!
I had the priviledge of being pilot on her in and out of Belfast one sunny summers evening, (We usually get one a year in Belfast) and boy, did I get my eyes opened.
Tiny dinner plate of a rudder and telegraphs to the engine room.
Approach berth at about 8 knots then all hell breaks loose, engine telegraphs going along with berthing telegraphs!!!!

My hair went from jet black to white in a nano second!!!!
Hats off to the lads who manoeuvre her and to those who maintain the gubbins down below.

Kelpie. 24th May 2019 22:05

I remember, a long time ago, being doon the water on a paddle steamer and leaving a pier somewhere with another approaching the spot we had just left. Even as a seven year old the speeds were manic and I did hear someone say there is going to be an almighty bang one day. Pilot 24 has now given me the reason why my hair stood on end all those years ago. As for Waverly we do get graced with her appearance in Belfast and Bangor and a lovely sight she is. Hope the work gets done quickly and no extra problems arise.
Crawford.

Dartskipper 24th May 2019 23:17

When Waverley visited South Devon many years ago, she berthed at Haldon Pier, Torquay. There was a strong SW breeze, (Haldon Pier runs approximately NE/SW,) and she overcooked the approach. There was an almighty bang as she hit Beacon Quay at a rate of knots. I think they managed to get some fenders over and limited the damage to her bow.

Tomvart 27th May 2019 11:48

A real shame that such a graceful beauty has been laid up because of a lack of cash to repair/replace her boilers, I had the pleasure of seeing her at under way on a number of occasions (mainly in the Clyde) and was always very impressed by her stately elegance, she is most definitely on my 'save list' and worth every penny of every donation....

billyboy 27th May 2019 22:25

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Originally Posted by Dartskipper (Post 23402)
When Waverley visited South Devon many years ago, she berthed at Haldon Pier, Torquay. There was a strong SW breeze, (Haldon Pier runs approximately NE/SW,) and she overcooked the approach. There was an almighty bang as she hit Beacon Quay at a rate of knots. I think they managed to get some fenders over and limited the damage to her bow.

As I recall, I was on the beach at Paignton when she arrived late, As you say at a great rate of Knots. She was hired to take local dignitaries for a ride I believe.. Impressive sight as she crossed the bay flat out.

Dartskipper 28th May 2019 21:47

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Originally Posted by billyboy (Post 23426)
As I recall, I was on the beach at Paignton when she arrived late, As you say at a great rate of Knots. She was hired to take local dignitaries for a ride I believe.. Impressive sight as she crossed the bay flat out.

I had forgotten that little detail Bill. Yes, it was the Chairman and members of the Works and Harbours Committee, and sundry other councillors and officials. They used to get a jolly on the Lifeboat as well, the Edward Bridges I think in those days. Art Curnow, the Cox'n, used to delight in giving them a "nice trip" around the bay too, I heard.

Engine Serang 29th May 2019 06:08

Strip out the leaky boiler and the decrepit steam engine and install a gleaming yellow Cat 3512, propulsion problems solved for the next 20 years.
The zealots safety's will be lifting but lets get real, this is history not nostalgia.

Varley 29th May 2019 14:03

Philistine! Is this the contraption with a fuel oil cooled computer strapped to it?

Dartskipper 29th May 2019 17:47

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Originally Posted by Engine Serang (Post 23442)
Strip out the leaky boiler and the decrepit steam engine and install a gleaming yellow Cat 3512, propulsion problems solved for the next 20 years.
The zealots safety's will be lifting but lets get real, this is history not nostalgia.

Does the Cat go in athwartships to drive the paddlewheels? Or is there a stonking great Spicer transmission and differential driving twin shafts connected to the side wheels? Waverley doesn't have any propellers or shafts at her stern.

Engine Serang 29th May 2019 18:23

Don't bother me with trivia. Details are for the little people. It's my job to sell you an engine.

Dartskipper 29th May 2019 20:05

I'm not sure I want a yellow engine. It would clash with my overalls. Something white, cream, grey and silver, or medium grey- green would be ok though.

Varley 29th May 2019 21:38

I thought the usual stock of the itinerant Hibernian trader is one or two grandmothers and a couple of horses. Neither do I think LR would approve plans on the basis that they had been drafted by a bunch of fairies even if they bear the chief Leprechaun's chop.

eddyw 20th August 2019 22:04

Paddle steamer handling is a particular art. The paddles are so far from the rudder that its effectiveness depends entirely on the speed of the hull through the water. Hence the fast approach to pier head/quay, the aim being to bring the paddle box as close as possible to the berth for easy transfer of mooring lines while timing exactly the right moment to go full astern . The stopping power of the paddles is however awsome (standing on deck you can actually feel the deceleration) Fine judgement brings the ship to a stop in exactly the right spot amid a jangle of telegraph bells. Lifting off a berth is straightforward, the lines fore or aft being used to pivot the hull about the paddle box so she can then steam straight out. When "Eagle Steamers " introduced their first twin screw motor ship "Queen of the Channel" in 1935 all their masters were experienced paddler hands. Old habits die hard and the story goes that when she first made a call alongside Brighton pier insufficient allowance was made and she very nearly ended up on the promenade.


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