The paddle steamer Waverley’s 2012 Clyde cruising season is now well under way - and included in this summer’s programme are chances for the public to support two very different good causes.
The annual Calum’s Cabin cruise, in aid of the Bute-based charity which provides respite breaks for seriously ill children and their families, takes place on Saturday, June 30 from Rothesay to Tighnabruaich via the Kyles of Bute.
Then on Sunday, July 8, there’s a rare opportunity to sail on the historic paddler from Rothesay to Loch Riddon - recreating a journey first undertaken by the Clyde River Steamer Club (CRSC) in 1932, the year of its formation.
Members of the public are welcome to join the Loch Riddon cruise, for which the paddler has been jointly chartered by the CRSC and the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society - and there will even be the chance to step ashore at Ormidale, a location the Waverley hasn’t visited for 40 years.
This year is a very special one for the Waverley in more ways than one - earlier this month, on June 16, she celebrated the 65th anniversary of her first public sailing, and in addition to her own diamond jubilee, 2012 also marks the two hundredth anniversary of the first commercial steamboat service in Europe, undertaken by Henry Bell’s paddle steamer Comet in 1812.
Click on the link to the right of this article to find out more about the Waverley’s summer season of Clyde sailings and to book tickets for any of her cruises.