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PADDLE STEAMER WAVERLEY - 2013 CLYDE SEASON : Photos by kind courtesy of Kenny Whyte



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The Clyde summer season is now under way for Waverley and with an improvement in the weather, passenger numbers have improved accordingly. The paddle steamer is about to leave Custom House Quay, Greenock
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Girvan, on the lower part of the Firth is only an occasional call for Waverley. In 2013, four are planned - on Mondays 15th and 29th July, and 12th and 26th of August. She is seen here on July 15th


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She moors inside the southern breakwater at the South Ayrshire port in preparation the circumnavigation of Ailsa Craig, the volcanic plug seen in the middle of the Firth in the left background of the photo. Her schedule calls for her to end the day at Ayr - a short steam northwards, with coach connections for passengers back to Girvan, Largs and Glasgow


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Waverley leaves Girvan where it would appear that plenty boarded for the Ailsa Craig trip
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On Sunday 21st July, Waverley called in at the Kintyre port of Campbeltown. In the background is Caledonian-MacBrayne's MV Isle of Arran, normally their relief vessel, but now rostered on the new Ardrossan-Campbeltown ferry service
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Another view of Waverley coming in to berth at Campbeltown with MV Isle of Arran in the background
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Waverley encounters Cal-Mac ferries on many occasions. Here she is seen heading northwards off Skelmorlie shortly after MV Argyle has left Wemyss Bay for Rothesay on August 4th. This photo allows an interesting comparison between Clyde steamers of the 1940s and those introduced 60 years later
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Now Waverley passes even bigger ships ..... at the Greenock cruise terminal on Sunday 18th August, outbound on her cruise to Brodick and Holy Isle. Greenock is becoming increasingly popular as a cruise call-off point, with AIDAcara and MSC Magnifica berthed on this occasion
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Later that same evening as Waverley heads back upstream off Skelmorlie, the AIDAcara leaves the Clyde
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On the special annual occasion of the Cowal Highland Games, Waverley operated her special timetable to take crowds to and from Dunoon on Saturday August 31st and was caught on camera by Kenny Whyte calling at Dunoon "old" pier rather than the new breakwater as usual
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Waverley leaves the Clyde on September 2nd to position herself for her south coast of England programme. Here she passes Port Glasgow where two new Clyde and Hebridean ferries are fitting out at Ferguson's yard. They are Hallaig and Lochinvar, two innovative sisters with "hybrid" diesel electric motors and batteries which will be charged on an evening from the mains. Lochinvar is scheduled to enter service in Autumn 2013 on the Tarbert-Portavadie route following Hallaig which is expected to sail out of the Isle of Skye from late summer

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