The Unofficial Site

Updated 27 October 2016

Kingswear Castle News

Earlier this summer a crack developed on KC’s low pressure (LP) cylinder. Discussions with the Dart Company took place as to the best way to address this. As a result, it was decided to start on a rebuild of KC's engine with the first part being to cast a new LP cylinder.
In order to gets this moving, and as KC had very little scheduled after the end of September, she was taken out of service early for work to start. The LP cylinder has been removed, unloaded onto the Dart Harbour's small lifting barge and moved to Kingswear. It was sent to Tyseley steam railway workshops to enable, with use of laser equipment, the making of a pattern to enable an identical new cylinder to be cast.

Information from PSPS London Branch Newsletter



What's New for Waverley

Updated 10 October 2016


Waverley Rebuild Diary

The full story of the first phase of Waverley's Heritage Rebuild in 2000

The Completion Phase in 2002/03

Balmoral Home Page

Updated 29 June 2016

Balmoral’s Official Home Pages

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Unofficial Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Web Site

Site re-launched 12 July 2012

Article on her first public sailings 29 March 2013

updated 18 August 2013

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Waverley at Erskine 2.40pm on 17 April 2012 en route to Greenock for dry docking

(Joe McKendrick)



Waverley in the Garvel Dry Dock on 11 May 2011 (Joe McKendrick)

Passing Dalmuir Sewage Works on 13 October 2011

(Joe McKendrick)




Waverley in dry dock in Greenock, May 2010 by Joe McKendrick

Waverley at Coll taken on Monday 7 May 2007 by Geoffrey Vickery 




Waverley comes South 2016 Third revision 10 October

Waverley in the Western Isles 2016

Waverley’s Autumn 2015

Waverley’s Spring 2015

Waverley goes South 2014

Clyde Main Season 1

Waverley in the Western Isles 2014

 Autumn 2013 Aboard the Waverley

Waverley to the Western Isles 2013

Waverley on the South Coast 2012

Waverley to the Western Isles 2012

Tribute to Joe McKendrick

Dry Docking 2012 

Waverley’s Final Weekend 2011

South Coast and Thames 2011

Bristol Channel 2011

Easter in the Western Isles 2011

Gold’s Gallery

Clyde Finale

South Coast Reports

Bristol Channel (Second report)

Bristol Channel (First report)

Western Isles Report


Did you know?

WAVERLEY ABBEY .... The ruin is situated in the Surrey countryside between Farnham and Godalming. It was the first Cistercian monastery in England. During his travels, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) visited the ruins and was very impressed by them, so much so that he named his first novel Waverley after the monastery. As Scotland embraced anything to do with Sir Walter, it was inevitable that a ship would carry this name.

Waverley's Official Web Site


Waverley returning to Tarbert Pier to pick up passengers for return trip to Ayr on 22 August 2000.

Image by John Cuckney

The last sea-going paddle steamer in the world sailing round the coasts of the United Kingdom.... Firth of Clyde, Western Isles, Liverpool and Llandudno, River Thames, Bristol Channel, South Coast....through to October each year.

Paddle Steamer Waverley is operated by Waverley Excursions Ltd and supported by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.

Driven by a 2,100 horse power triple expansion diagonal steam engine, this ship has two bars, dining saloon and accommodates up to 800 passengers.

Full Timetables, Fares and Bookings are available from:

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The views expressed on this site are not necessarily those of Waverley Excursions Limited or the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.

Waverley At North Pier Oban on Saturday 5 May 2007

By Daniel Vickery


Waverley sailing downriver on her way to Greenock on Sunday 17 August 2008 seen from Coronation Park, Port Glasgow at 1115

By Richard Gleed-Owen


Special Features

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Waverley Writings A collection of articles about the paddler between 1995 and 1999

Waverley Writings Web A series of reports written as it happened covering the 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons

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Waverley's 2004 Season Web Site A series of reports written as it happened covering the 2004 season

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Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Britain's last operational coal fired paddle steamer sailing on the River Dart in Devon

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West Highland Steamer Club, founded in 1967, for those interested in the workings of the Western Isles fleet of David MacBrayne, now known as Caledonian MacBrayne.

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