Breaking - Waverley Withdrawn from Service
Waverley Excursions has made the following statement:
Waverley Excursions Ltd deeply regrets to inform our customers and loyal supporters that Paddle Steamer Waverley will not operate in 2019.
As part of the winter maintenance programme we have been undertaking boiler works. Unfortunately, after extensive consultation and investigation it is now conclusive that the ship’s boilers require replacement.
We immediately face a significant challenge to raise the required funds to reboiler Waverley and return her to service. Waverley is owned by a Registered Charity which will shortly be launching an appeal to ‘Save the Waverley’ and ensure she sails in 2020.
It is with deep regret we must inform our loyal customers and supporters that Waverley has been withdrawn from service.
Waverley Excursions Ltd General Manager, Paul Semple has made the following statement.
“Today I have to announce that following extensive efforts to repair Waverley’s boilers we have reached the conclusion that we must stop repairs. We now know that to give Waverley a future she will need new boilers.
The challenge ahead is significant and unlike previous challenges the ship has faced in the last 45 years through her preservation. I am personally appealing to anyone that wants to see this historic ship sail again. I know first-hand the fondness that the general public have for Waverley and I know this news will be upsetting. However, Waverley can sail again if we can raise the funds required to purchase and install new boilers.
The Registered Charity which owns Waverley will shortly launch an appeal to save the ship and ensure she sails again. The cost of the required works is significant but if every passenger who would have sailed this year donated the cost of their ticket towards our appeal we will return Waverley to steam. More than ever we need support to preserve this iconic vessel as the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.”
Donations can be made now via our website or by texting STEAM followed by your chosen amount £10 or £20 to 70085.
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