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Wonderful Waverley & Brilliant Balmoral

July 1, 2018

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to experience a day river cruise on the Balmoral Motor Cruiser (1949), and the Waverley paddle steamer (1947), both departing from Tilbury, via Southend, cruising the rivers Thames and Medway (U.K.).

Waverley is the only Ocean going paddle steamer left in the world.

Built on the Clyde in 1947 – to replace the original Waverley that sunk off Dunkirk in 1940, the Waverley was originally built to sail only between Craigendorran & Arrochar in West Scotland.

On my Waverley trip, I was  lucky enough to see the ‘Kingswear Castle’, paddle steamer, on route.

The coal-fired paddle steamer KINGSWEAR CASTLE was built in 1924 by Philip & Son of Dartmouth and sailed up and down the River Dart with her virtually identical sister ships and COMPTON CASTLE until the 1960s.

Unfortunately Balmoral is laid-up for 2018 as she needs her hull repainting and funding is often a problem. Hopefully she will be back in service in 2019?

I’d recommend any of these three ‘classic’ ships (Waverley, Balmoral & Kingsear Castle) to you, if you get the chance.

It is amazing to think that the Waverley still sails around Britain annually, Spring to Autumn. She offers regular trips on the Clyde, the Thames, South Coast of England and the Bristol Channel with other calls at various ports & piers throughout the UK. So look out for her at a UK port near you.

Malcolm

Waverley cruises: HERE

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