Iconic vessel returns to pier

  • 17 September, 2023
  • On the pier


iconic vessel is all set to return to Clacton as part of its latest annual programme
of excursions.

the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer, will dock at Clacton Pier’s berthing
arm five times over the next few weeks.

charity-owned ship is so popular that two of its trips – on September 23 and
September 27 – to London’s Tower Bridge are already sold out.

spaces are still available on Tuesday September 26 when Waverley docks at the
pier at 2pm for a cruise of the River Blackwater, arriving back at about

Then on
Wednesday October 4 she will call in at Clacton at 3.30pm for another cruise of
the Blackwater and will return at 6pm.

on Thursday October 5 there is a chance to board Waverley at 12noon at the pier
and take in a River Thames cruise, with two passes under Tower Bridge.  Return is by coach arriving back in Clacton at

year the vessel made a triumphant return to the town after an absence of four
years and drew a large crowd to welcome her back as part of her Diamond Jubilee

Pier communications manager Nigel Brown said that Waverley had been
sorely missed.

“She was absent due to being withdrawn from service in 2019 after
£2.3million was needed to replace the vessel’s boilers,” he said.

“After a successful appeal to carry out the work, further plans were then
scuppered by the Covid pandemic and staffing issues.

“It was fantastic seeing Waverley arrive at our berthing arm last
September and we are delighted she is with us again this year. She is an
amazing sight and you never know how much longer she will be in the water, so
it’s not to be missed.”

Pier started life as a docking point for ships in 1871 – long
before it became a pleasure and entertainment attraction.

steamers are so much a part of our history and long may that continue,” added
Mr Brown.

Wardley, Chairman of the National Piers Society with a 30-year association with
Waverley, said: “We thank the pier – along with our other docking points – for
putting all the arrangements in place to ensure this wonderful vessel can make
her visits. 

owners Billy and Elliot Ball, and their staff make us very welcome and we
appreciate all their efforts to ensure this leg of our annual programme
continues. It is one of our best supported.”

further information and to book a cruise go to waverleyexcursions.co.uk or alternatively
phone 01412432224 or pay on board.


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