up early and aff...

August 09, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

...doon the watter, by way of the world's last surviving sea-going paddle steamer, the PS Waverley.

Waverley at Pacific Quay, Glasgow, with the Riverside Museum behindWaverley moored at Pacific Quay, Glasgow

We're old hands at the Waverley, having sailed from Fort William down Loch Linnhe to Oban, Tobermory, Loch Sunart and within a stone's throw of Iona on past occasions, but this time is different. For one thing, the Waverley is back on its home run : doon the watter from Glasgow to Dunoon and Rothesay. For another, our destination is Dunoon : Jim's home patch, of yore. And for a third, this is the 200th anniversary of the first sailing of the first commercial steam ship in the world. On August 10th 1812, the paddle steamer Comet sailed doon the watter from Glasgow to Helensburgh. There's a bunch of pictures in the Portfolio here, including some of Dunoon, and a couple of the working model of Comet onboard the Waverley.

 

And here's a wee video Jim made in the Waverley's engine room

 


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