The story of the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer is told from her launch at Pointhouse, Glasgow, in 1946 to her latest adventures in the Hebrides and on the Thames. Her various colour schemes, her different Masters and kenspeckle members of her crew are covered in an outstanding collection of illustrations, half of them in colour and most in print for the first time.
Here is Waverley on her maiden voyage, at Craigendoran with Jeanie Deans, at Ormidale with The Second Snark, at Brodick with Isle of Arran, at Weymouth with Caledonian Princess, in the Pool of London with HMS Belfast — and on her own, at speed and in repose.
Written by Andrew Clark, CRSC’s magazine editor, “Waverley, Last of the Clyde Steamers” does not skirt some of the less troublesome aspects of the ship’s history, but concludes that, despite all her ups and downs, ‘the sound of paddles, the smell of steam and the sight of her engines remain as distinctive today’ as they were more than 50 years ago, when she began a new life in ‘active preservation’.
This 56-page booklet normally retails at £10. CRSC Shop is offering it post free for £8.50.