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Passengers join Waverley by gangways on to her promenade deck, where there are fore and aft shelters. The aft shelter houses a small tea and coffee servery and the purser's office is nearby. Above the aft deck shelter is the observation deck, accessed by a stairway behind the deck shelter. The bridge,which includes the wheelhouse and the captain's accommodation behind, is above the forward saloon and is restricted to crew access only. There are stairs (companionways) down to the main deck level from both deck shelters. On the main deck there is a bar forward and a restaurant aft. Amidships is the boiler room and the engine room, The latter is open for the public to see the magnificent steam engines in action. In the spaces close to the paddles can be found male and fremale toilets. The Souvenir Shop is a kiosk close to the entrance to the restaurant aft. On the port side of the entrance are stairs to a second bar on the lower deck. other spaces are given over to crew accommodation and storage. Now go for a photographic tour of the ship.

This photo of Waverley in 2012 is by kind courtesy of Kenny Whyte

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Gangways are normally placed on the sponson above the paddle box, but depending on the state of the tide, access may be directly from the promenade deck. Passengers will join the ship amidships, near the funnels. The brown vertical stack with grille is one of the many air intakes to allow cooling air to get to the main deck. A favoured place for some to sit is by the aft funnel casing which houses the exhaust from the boiler below and can provide welcome warmth on a chilly day.

The ship's captain on the starboard wing of the bridge oversees passenger loading at Minehead in 2011. The bridge is above the forward deck shelter and comprises the wheelhouse with all the required navigational equipment and the captain's cabin behind. Two lifeboats remain but the bulk of life-saving apparatus is inflatable rafts (in foreground) as well as life jackets and some remaining buoyant seating

The bridge deck is accessed by a stairway behind the deck shelter. In recent years the stairway has been enclosed by a metal "cage" with access controlled by a combination lock. This is to comply with the latest security regulations applicable to sea-going vessels
The forward deck shelter is fitted with comortable double leather seating and traditional movable "Lloyd Loom"chairs. The large observation windows make this the prime area for viewing the passing scenery from inside the ship
The promemade deck ahead of the deck shelter is open to the public for seating
The prow is reserved for use by the crew and features a steam winch for ropes and anchor. There is also a stairway (bottom right) to crew areas on the main deck
The aft deck shelter, with the observation deck above appears to be either made of wood or wood-faced. In fact it is painted in a woodgrain effect, called scumbling. This effect was reintroduced after the Millenium Rebuild. In her first season her deckhouses were brown, but for most of her life they had been painted white. The window to the right ventilates the purser's office. The white object to the left opens out to become life-saving rafts
At the forward end of the aft deck shelter behind the funnels is the Purser's Office, where tickets can be bought and vouchers exchanged. There are displays for important information and for publicity brochures
The aft deck shelter now includes a small servery for tea, coffee, soft drinks and light snacks
Behind the deck shelter are two ventilation hatches to allow heat to escape from the engine room below. These are a modern addition - and most welcome to the engineers. The brass plaque commemorates the earlier PS Waverley of 1899 which was sunk during the Dunkirk evacuations in 1940


The observation deck is accessed by a stairway behind the aft deck shelter
The main deck seen from the observation deck above the aft deck shelter. In this view taken in 2011, a good view is afforded of passengers boarding at the isle of Bute resort, Rothesay
The observation deck is invariably packed on a calm and hot day, but in wet and windy conditions it is the haunt of only the hardiest of passengers.The amount of space available has improved over the years, with the removal of the two lifebaots and the relocation of what became a large storage area for life-saving equipment
Like the forward end, there is plenty of outside seating aft, with the stern reserved for rope handling and an auxiliary tiller. The large wooden construction in the centre shields a stairway down to crew quarters on the main deck. This view was taken in 2009, with Waverley having passed the island of Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel



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