The Grand old lady of the sea - Waverley – was back on scheduled sailing today after high winds and rough seas led to a shortened cruise yesterday.
The ship, described as one of the world’s greatest historic ships – the last sea-going paddle steamer in existence – should have sailed from o Gairloch but instead it was decided, in light of the weather conditions, to visit only Portree and Kyle.
This morning, though excursion staff confirmed that the Waverley would been sailing on the planned cruise around Raasay.
Built in 1947 she was bought for just £1 at the end of her working life in 1975 by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, a charity registered in Scotland.
Waverley then began a second career as one of the country’s best-loved tourist attractions. Since she has been in operational preservation she has been awarded four stars by Visit Scotland, an engineering heritage award, and has carried over 5 million passengers from over 60 ports around the UK.
In 2003 a major restoration saw her returned to the original 1940s style in which she was built, which was made possible with major grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the PSPS. Contributions also came from Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, the European Regional Development Fund and local authorities.