VIDEO: Rothesay visit closes ‘encouraging’ year for Waverley

The paddle steamer Waverley paid her last visit of the year to Rothesay on Sunday at the end of a “very encouraging” 2013 season for the grand old lady of the Clyde.

The 67-year-old vessel, the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer, closed her cruising year with two farewell Clyde sails on her return to home waters after her annual visit to the south coast of England and the Thames.

The paddle steamer Waverley in Rothesay Bay on Sunday, October 20, on her final cruise of 2013.

The paddle steamer Waverley in Rothesay Bay on Sunday, October 20, on her final cruise of 2013.

Rothesay resident James McMillan, a director of the paddler’s operators, Waverley Excursions Ltd, said: “It’s been altogether a very encouraging season; much better than the last three or four. The weather of course has been much better, and that really does affect our passenger numbers.

“We’re very grateful to everyone for their support during 2013 - to our passengers and volunteers all over Britain who helped keep the wheels turning.”