WEATHER CURTAILS PADDLE STEAMER WAVERLEY’S CRUISE FROM PENARTH

The vintage paddle steamer Waverley passing the Outer Wrach buoy heading for Penarth Pier in the late evening sunshine last night

The vintage paddle steamer Waverley passing the Outer Wrach buoy heading for Penarth Pier in the late evening sunshine last night

The paddle steamer Waverley which made her first call of the year at Penarth Pier yesterday, had to curtail a planned voyage from Penarth to Ilfracombe today because of the weather.

A Cardiff tug called around to pay her respects to the venerable pasddle steamer Waverley - anchored off Penarth this morning

A Cardiff tug Irishman called around to pay her respects to the venerable paddle steamer Waverley – anchored off Penarth early this morning

The vintage ship – said to be the oldest sea-going paddle steamer in the world – had been lying at anchor off Penarth overnight – where, first thing this morning, one of Cardiff’s tugs paid her an early morning call.

Waverley coming alongside Penarth Pier last night

Waverley coming alongside Penarth Pier last night

Waverley  berthed at Penarth Pier  later this morning after embarking passengers from  Clevedon . With wet weather forecast, some Clevedon passengers disembarked at Penarth Pier with a view to rejoining the ship on her return this evening.

The central hub of Waverley's paddle wheels bear the profile of Sir Walter Scott

The central hubs of Waverley’s paddle boxes bear the profile of Sir Walter Scott who wrote the eponymous novel “Waverley”

Waverley sailed across the Channel to Minehead – but scrubbed the scheduled  Ilfracombe visit and cruised the coast towards Porlock before turning around and heading back towards Penarth. She’ll be berthing at the pier later tonight .

 

 

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5 Responses to WEATHER CURTAILS PADDLE STEAMER WAVERLEY’S CRUISE FROM PENARTH

  1. AK says:

    Understandable on a historic, wooden vessel that they don’t want to risk damage.

    I was on board a few years ago when she sustained severe damage after hitting Ilfracombe Pier a bit hard. Last weekend on the Clyde we missed a visit to Dunoon due to high winds.

    Good to see both Waverley and Balmoral in Penarth, as a Scot they both remind me of home !

  2. Martha says:

    Thank you for the lovely pictures. I wish I’d seen that tug paying respects. Never seen the Waverley up that close before and the image of Sir Walter Scott. It’s a really beautiful ship – feel very lucky to have the world’s oldest sea-going paddle steamer coming to Penarth Pier.

    • AK says:

      The world’s ONLY sea going paddle steamer.

      There is a paddle steamer called Sir Walter Scott which sails on Loch Katrine, which famously supplies much of the drinking water to Glasgow.

      There is another one in Balloch, Loch Lomond called the Maid of the Loch, which has not sailed for decades but which remains afloat and is seeking funds for restoration.

  3. Martin Coffee says:

    We shouldn’t make too much of a fuss about it. If this comes to Barry’s attention they’ll put a stop to it.

  4. Keith Greenway says:

    Never built Waverley class, our Paddle Steamer: PS Barry, bore the name and conducted the duties of the previous Waverley. The earlier Waverley after WW1 was basically moth balled off the South coast and the PSB sailed on behalf of her for peace time passenger sailings. Sadly WW2, the former Waverley sailed into war under her own steam and name. Our own Barry was renamed Snaefell. Both were lost. K

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