On arrival at Brodick a wreath made at Eleanor's Flowers, Brodick was taken aboard and lay in the wheel-house until arrival at Blairmore pier at 1540. By Largs the weather had improved and a good crowd joined her for her afternoon cruise to Dunoon, Blairmore and the lochs.
|Waverley returns to Blairmore where a short ceremony took place as a tribute to Dr Joe McKendrick|
Since Joe's funeral began at 3.30pm in Clydebank Waverley's crew were unable to attend and so a short ceremony took place at Blairmore pier. Captain Clark was joined by Iain Quinn in saying a few words. Waverley's officers and crew joined Captain Clark on the pier along with regular passengers and pier staff to share thoughts and a moment of reflection for the life of a much respected friend.
|Captain Clark started the short tribute before handing over to Iain Quinn.|
Joe was also Vice Chairman of Waverley Excursions, Waverley Steam Navigation Co Ltd shareholder, Kingswear Castle Trustee, Former Chairman of PSPS Scottish Branch and a Past President of the Clyde River Steamer Club. He was a prime mover of Blairmore Pier Trust, its first Chairman and only Trustee to run the 8 year course for its second life. He and fellow Trustees have given us a legacy for all to enjoy and a tangible link to Waverley's maiden voyage in June 1947.
For a few minutes those at Blairmore, on Waverley and Clydebank gathered to show their final respect to a man who done so much for others. Indeed we have all lost a great friend and one of the greatest supporters Waverley will ever know.
|Waverley having just arrived at Blairmore, both flags on the pier and at the stern can be seen at half mast.|
|The wreath was left at Blairmore pier and cast into the water after Waverley departed.|
All pictures provided by Roy Paterson