Argyllshire Advertiser

Waverley under repair for season


Preparatio­ns are being made for the paddle steamer Waverley to return to the water in 2021 following her collision with Brodick Pier in September last year.

The 75-year-old steamer is being moved to dry dock for her annual out-of-water survey and hull maintenanc­e, which will also allow for the bow to be repaired.

Maintenanc­e work has also been carried out to the deck, paddles, the main engine and steam equipment.

A Waverley Covid-19 relief appeal raised £325,000 in donations to allow dry docking, but a further £25,000 is needed to fully prepare the Waverley for service.

The vessel’s operator, Waverley Excursions, is hopeful Waverley will return to service in June, although timetable informatio­n for the 2021 season can only be released when the operator is more certain what can be offered.

Capacity on board is likely to remain reduced this season, in line with Covid distancing restrictio­ns.

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