After refuelling and a crew safety briefing Waverley departed at 10am to head down river for the last time in 2012. Good numbers joined her at Glasgow and in total over the course of the day over 930 were carried.
The schedule for the day was altered slightly to allow for the scattering of the ashes of Dr Joe McKendrick. Waverley made her call at Tighnabuaich as planned and then set off again. Unusually the ashes were scattered from the stern of the ship to allow all those who wanted to be present the chance to listen to a short reading by Douglas McGowan before casting a rose into the sea. After the ashes were scattered three long blasts were sounded on the whistle after which Waverley turned and headed back to the pier. Once again the red ensign was lowered to half mast as a mark of respect to someone who done so much to keep Waverley sailing.
|Waverley departs Tighnabruaich|
|Passing through the narrows homeward bound for winter|
|Left to Right: Derek Peters, Cameron Marshall, Douglas McGowan, Peter Reid and Terry Sylvester|
|Waverley leaves Greenock heading for Glasgow.|
|Nearly home as Waverley passes Glenlee and the Riverside Museum|
(Pictures supplied by Douglas McGowan and David Shirres)