Waverley emerged from dry dock yesterday after her three week visit. During the annual docking six paddles were renewed, steel work was replaced in the paddlebox, the bow was repaired, and her hull was repainted.
After leaving dry dock Waverley berthed briefly in Greenock before undertaking sea trials to test the main engine. The trials went well and a top speed of over 17 knots was achieved.
Over the coming weeks we will conclude annual survey work before the crew join. We are now aiming to start passenger sailings for the 2021 season around the third week in June on the Clyde. We are currently confirming the timetable with port and pier owners.
We are delighted to report that £350,000 has now been raised from individuals towards Waverley’s Covid-19 Relief Appeal. We send our most sincere thanks to everyone that donated and contributed to the appeal. We have only been able to undertake the refit work this past winter thanks to the generosity of so many. Given the likelihood of reduced passenger capacity this season we would still welcome support to help reduce the costs of re-commissioning and operating Waverley.
Donations can be made online at waverleyexcursions.co.uk or by calling 0141 243 2224.