Iconic paddle steamer to return

  • 9 May, 2022
  • On the pier
  • Rides activities


world’s last remaining seagoing passenger-carrying paddle steamer is set to
make a triumphant return to Clacton.

iconic Waverley will be docking at the end of the town’s pier as part of its 75th
anniversary programme this autumn after an absence of four years.

vessel had to be withdrawn from service in May 2019 after its operators needed
to raise £2.3 million to replace its boilers.

successful appeal secured the money for replacements and Waverley was due back
in 2020 but the pandemic and staffing issues scuppered those plans.

it has been announced the paddle steamer will be operating its Thames season and
this will include the popular trips picking up passengers from the pier.

will be carried out to make the necessary repairs to the berthing arm in
preparation for Waverley.

director Billy Ball said it will be great to see the vessel back.

is of national significance, and we look forward to it returning to Clacton – there
is no finer sight,” he added.

pier was originally built for ships to dock, and that is a vital part of its
history. We are pleased to be able to carry out the repairs at our cost as our
contribution to bringing it back to the town.”

was damage to one of the cleats when Waverley last docked in October 2018 and
other work also needs to be undertaken.

Tim Wardley, Chairman of the National Piers Society with a 30-year
association with Waverley, said:
“I am delighted that Waverley will be returning to the
Thames this year, as a vital part of our coastal attractions and a major
contributor to the seaside tourist economy. 

am also extremely grateful to Clacton Pier for funding the landing stage
repairs as their contribution to enabling Waverley’s return in 2022.”

Waverley is planning to offer cruises
from Thames locations including Clacton Pier from September 23 to October
9.  Details of cruises and fares will be available from Waverley
Excursions in due course. 




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