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Waverley in 2011

Waverley in the Garvel Dry Dock, Greenock in May 2011 for pre-season maintenance and statutory inspection. Photo : K Whyte

Garvel on 30th May 2011. Photo by Kenny Whyte

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The demise of shipbuilding on the Clyde can be illustrated by this view from the Govan side of the river over to Pointhouse, where the river Kelvin flows into the Clyde at the extreme left of the picture. The unusual modern building is the new Riverside Museum, built on the site of A&J Inglis and Co, who were the builders of Waverley herself. The paddler fitted out at the mouth of the Kelvin. The tall ship Glenlee, owned by a heritage trust, is now moored outside the museum. The former Govan ferry has recently been reinstated as the museum, itself a big tourist draw, has brought new life to a once-derelict area. Photo by kind courtesy of Kenny Whyte (2011). The the right, Yorkhill Quay betrays little evidence that it was once a bustling cargo berth and the Yorkhill basin has now been filled in to provide car parking space for the new museum. The "de-industrialisation" of this part of the Clyde has been astonishing

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Since going into active preservation, Waverley has been a regular caller at Greenock's Custom House Quay and is seen being nudged round by tug "Biter" at the quay on 11th July 2011 on the occasion of an "up river" visit to Greenock on the occasion of the Tall Ships' visit to James Watt Dock. Photo above by Gordon Stewart. Photo below by Kenny Whyte

Ayr was once a major holiday resort on the Clyde coast and whilst it has lost much of its trade, it still sees a fair number of visitors. Traditionally a major excursion steamer was
stationed at Ayr, where the river Ayr enters the Firth of Clyde and berthed at the quayside inside the breakwater and in what was then a busy port for small cargoes and fish. In preservation Waverley revived Ayr as a call, basing herself there for two days a week in a normal summer. Whilst there is still activity at the port (some of which has led to Waverley having to delay or even abandon calls in recent years), much of the quayside is being redeveloped, including for flats as seen above. From Ayr harbour there is a direct view across to the isle of Arran. Waverley is seen leaving Ayr on 15th August 2011. Photo by kind courtesy of Kenny Whyte

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Modern car ferries now shuttle between the the main ferrying points, not deviating from their routes and not offering the possibility of tours of the Firth. The paddle steamer Waverley which operates a varied excursion programme in the summer months maintains the tradition under ownership of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Whilst its programme remains fairly fixed with a weekly cycle of popular cruises, there is more flexibility on a Sunday to explore the outer reaches of the Firth, and occasional calls are scheduled at far flung ports such as Girvan (above) which would otherwise not see a passenger ferry. Such unusual trips are generally well patronised as seen in this photo taken in 2011 kindly given for use by Kenny Whyte.

Waverley passes Alicat, on of two motor vessels now used on a new Gourock to Dunoon link replacing the car ferries of Caledonian-MacBrayne who lost their licence for the route with the link now solely maintained for vehicular traffic by Westen Ferries with their McInroy's Point to Hunter's Quay service. Photo by Kenny Whyte

Waverley calls at the "new" Dunoon pier on 28th June 2011. Photo by Kenny Whyte. Waverley now calls at the tip of a new breakwater. The photo shows the southern end of the traditional Dunoon pier to the right

Waverley passes the Gantocks rocks, just off Dunoon, on 28th June 2011. Photo by Kenny Whyte

Waverley leaves Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, on 25th August 2011. Photo by Kenny Whyte

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Above : Waverley enters Portmouth harbour in 2011 in a photo kindly supplied by Kenny Whyte
Waverley's financial problems have left many wondering whether, if the paddler survives, she will still visit places such as the south coast of the UK. It is, however, a lucrative market and there is a view that she would be best served spending more time here 

Tied up at Pacific Quay, Glasgow after completing her 2011 season. Photo by Kenny Whyte

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