Packed paddle steamer docks at pier

  • 25 September, 2023
  • On the pier


packed paddle steamer made its first stop of the season at Clacton Pier drawing
a large crowd of on-lookers.

pulled alongside the attraction’s berthing arm on Saturday stopping for more
than an hour on its way to London’s Tower Bridge.

trip on the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer was a complete sell-out as is
the cruise to the capital on Wednesday (September 27).

spaces are still available on October 4 for a River Blackwater cruise leaving
the pier at 3.30pm and returning at 6pm.

are also up for grabs on October 5 boarding Waverley at 12noon to head for the
River Thames and Tower Bridge, returning by coach to Clacton at 10.30pm.

steamship is charity-owned and is registered on The National Historic Fleet.
She was built in 1946 and now operates passenger excursions around the British

Pier communications manager Nigel Brown said that Waverley is a popular
sight at the pier and always pulls a crowd.

“It was great to see her full and she had the perfect day for the
sailing to London on Saturday,” he added.

“Pier staff  were on hand to take
the ropes as she came in and they were also able to have a look round the
engine room, which was a great opportunity for them.”

Tim Wardley, Chairman of the National Piers Society with a 30-year
association with the paddle steamer, said that Clacton is a vital calling point
in the Thames schedule.

are extremely grateful to the owners and management at Clacton Pier for their
continued support and hospitality afforded to Waverley,” he added. 

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


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