2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Paddle Steamer Waverley's maiden voyage, so a repeat trip seemed appropriate. No 3 son was keen to have a "wee sail"; but a "wee sail" with extensive views of sea mist and low cloud did not appear to offer good value for money.
Waverley was launched in October 1946 ...
The preservation project returned her to her original colours, namely those of the North British Railway (NBR).
The NBR had become part of the London and North Eastern Railway in 1927, but the boats retained their heritage funnel colours as on the P S William Muir (above).
Scotland had begun to appear from the murk, as seen from the window of the flat in Largs, at 1130 ...
It was not ideal cruising weather, being overcast, cold and dreich; low cloud was, at times, rolling down the hills - typical West Coast August weather!
Of course everyone has to descend below decks to look at the engine.
The working speed produced is 16 mph, although in trials when new 21 mph was achieved. The drive shaft to the paddle wheels forms an effective obstacle in the main passageways, especially effective at causing n outbreak of head banging!
Whilst the Waverley ended its state-owned working life as a cruise boat, it is worth remembering that originally these vessels were the public transport of the lochs, calling at many piers and jetties, small and large, to provide essential links with the outside world.
Now this magnificent ship (boat)** has changed from "bus" to "coach", offering enjoyable tours to the likes of the fbb gang.
Tomorrow we take a look at one of the "bus" services operating between 1909 and 1933 on a similar route to that sailed by your seafaring blogger and family.
** The difference between a ship and a boat? Ships have boats on them ...