Paddle Steamer Waverley, built almost 70 years ago, is the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer. In 1975, at the end of her working life, she was famously bought for £1 by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, a charity registered in Scotland, was set up to operate the ship. Waverley then began a second career as one of the country’s best-loved tourist attractions. Since she has been in operational preservation she has been awarded four stars by Visit Scotland, an engineering heritage award, and has carried over 5 million passengers from over 60 ports around the UK.
Waverley is a unique piece of Britain’s maritime heritage, bringing pleasure to tens of thousands every summer. She has been magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks, gleaming varnish and brass.
She is not just a ship – she manages to create a community spirit among her passengers as she charms her way around the country. Its not until you get onboard that you understand her magnetism. Her passengers feel a sense of ownership and, once in Waverley’s thrall, return time and time again for a reason many of them can’t explain – for some there is a great affection but for many it is a way of life.