Appeal to save historic paddle steamer reaches £850k

Appeal to save historic paddle steamer reaches £850k

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:11am 11th September 2019.

Over 5,000 people have donated to keep the Waverley visiting Dorset.

The fundraising appeal was launched after it was revealed she wasn't sea-worthy as her boilers needed replacing.

The target to re-commission Waverley for service next summer is £2.3m, so the charity is still looking for help.

Waverley Excursions general manager, Paul Semple said:

"The continued support for the Boiler Refit Appeal has been heartening. We are receiving support from across the UK with many donating who are keen to see Waverley back cruising from Swanage and Weymouth next year. "

"I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has donated so far as this has given us the confidence to order the boilers and electrical equipment required."

"The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society has continued to support our efforts and recently made a grant of over £150,000 to the appeal. With so many people donating there is clearly strong support for this special ship." 

Waverley Cruising the Solent

Work is progressing on board Waverley with volunteers helping.

If further funds can be secured the work to recommission the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world will begin in earnest in January. 

The charity which owns Waverley has applied for funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund with a decision expected by November. 

'How to donate'

Donations can be made to the appeal at or by calling 0141 243 2224 or by texting STEAM £20 to 70085.