Friday, 9 March 2012

PSPS Waverley Charters 2012

It is now confirmed that the PSPS (Scottish Branch) has organised two charters of Paddle Steamer Waverley this summer.

The first charter is the Branch Mid-Summer fundraising cruise from Greenock, Helensburgh & Blairmore cruising up Loch Long towards Arrochar. This will take place on Thursday 28th June.

The second charter is a day of celebration when on Sunday 8th July the Scottish Branch and the Clyde River Steamer Club are jointly chartering Waverley for a cruise from Greenock, Helensburgh, Largs and Rothesay to Loch Riddon with the option of landing at Ormidale by tender. This charter will commemorate three events - the 40th Anniversary of the PSPS charter to Ormidale in May 1972, the 80th Anniversary of the founding of the CRSC in 1932, and the 80th Anniversary of the CRSC's first outing which was aboard P.S. Jupiter to Ormidale in 1932. The charter is in conjunction with the Coastal Cruising Association who are chartering the 1938 built M.V. The Second Snark from Greenock to Loch Riddon. The Second Snark will then act as tender to Waverley to allow a limited number of passengers a short time ashore. Tickets will also be sold through the CCA to allow a limited number of passengers to sail outward on either Waverley or The Second Snark and then return on the other vessel. It is hoped that as many members as possible from the PSPS, CRSC and CCA will support this cruise.

Further details of timings and fares for both charters will be released shortly.

The picture below shows Waverley at anchor in Loch Riddon in 1972 on the previous PSPS charter to Ormidale.

Photo by Gordon Wilson
 Other photos of Waverley in Loch Riddon are most welcome from members. Email them to Pictures of Waverley at Ormidale in 1972 or in Loch Riddon will be posted on this blog.

Paul Semple

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