Re-launch Sunday and Monday
Report and pictures by Martin Longhurst
On Sunday 15 June 2003, the Waverley steamed from Glasgow to Tighnabruaich for time ashore.
The double-ended ferry Loch Dunvegan at the slipway at Rhubodach, Isle of Bute
Passing through the famous narrows of the Kyles of Bute
The start of the twin wakes indicates the point where full steam ahead was ordered
The channel is scarcely wide enough for the paddler
Alongside Tighnabruaich Pier
Passengers rejoining the steamer
The pier is the subject of a restoration appeal
The return passage through the narrows
The paint on the buoys is safe despite their proximity
Leaving Rothesay Pier - note the new guards across the sponson after mooring position
Leaving Rothesay the paddler passed the inbound Jupiter ...
... while the Saturn headed for Wemyss Bay
On arrival back at Anderston Quay, the steamer carried out a flying cant ...
... but a delay in landing the cant rope ...
... meant that turn was completed further upstream than normal ...
... close to the Kingston Bridge, which carries the M8 motorway
On Monday 16 June 2003, a shorter cruise to Loch Long was given for invited guests as well as fare-paying passengers.
A buffet was provided in the Forward Bar ...
... which was much enjoyed by many people who have helped the Waverley's cause.
Project Director Ian McMillan made a short speech of appreciation
HMS Ark Royal was passed as she moved from Greenock Container Terminal to RNAD Coulport
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