A Trip Doon The Watter (4 Sep 2015)

A couple of weeks ago we had a family day out on the PS Waverley.  She is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world and is operated by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.  Our day out began at Customhouse Quay, Greenock and we sailed to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute via Helensburgh and Dunoon.  This photo was taken from the Quayside in Greenock while we waited to board.

In this photo the red ensign flutters as a crew member uses the steam powered capstan to tidy up one of the mooring ropes.

After a pleasant afternoon on the Isle of Bute we set of on the return trip.  I wanted to take a picture of the horn being blown as we reversed away from Rothesay.  Even though I was prepared for it, I still jumped when it blew!

Looking back towards the Isle of Bute.

The steering wheel!

The engine room is kept in pristine condition, and to an outsider is just a bewildering array of levers, dials and gauges.

We were lucky with the weather all day, even a lovely sunset as we approached Helensburgh on the way home.

Almost home…

All in all a great day out and I’d encourage anyone to take a trip on the Waverley. She’s probably the most easily recognised vessel on the river and I think most people enjoy seeing her.  It’s worth bearing in mind though that her continued operation is hugely dependent upon the money she earns from ticket sales.

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