Full steam ahead as Waverley appeal reaches £2.3m target

Full steam ahead as Waverley appeal reaches £2.3m target

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 8:05am 23rd December 2019.

The fundraising appeal to save paddle steamer Waverley has reached its £2.3 million target.

The Boiler Refit Appeal has attracted donations from over 8,000 individuals with support from the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, several trusts and £1 million from the Scottish Government.

She is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.

Waverley's new boilers are currently being built and are due to be completed in February. 


Waverley Excursions general manager Paul Semple said: 

"Thanks to the fantastic generosity of so many people and organisations we are now able to push 'full ahead' with Waverley's boiler refit which will be the most substantial refit since her rebuild was completed back in 2003. 

"I would like to thank everyone who has donated to the appeal and supported our efforts to save the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world."

Waverley is owned by a registered charity and operated on a not-for-profit basis. The recent appeal for cash has been the most successful in the ship's preservation career but ongoing support will be required given the annual cost of dry docking and refit. 

Mr Semple added: 

"The trustees of the Waverley charity believe that ongoing charitable giving must now form a greater part of Waverley's long-term operational survival to ensure she remains in service. 

"We are deeply grateful to all those who have helped this year, and in the months and years ahead, will ask those who care and who are able to help, to add Waverley to their permanent thoughts."

Once the Waverley's works are completed she will once more begin her regular cruises around the west of Scotland, the Mersey, Bristol Channel, South Coast and the Thames in 2020.