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.
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 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.
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 .