What joy to be lucky enough to see the Paddle Steamer (PS) Waverley leaving Fort William this morning and steaming down Loch Linnhe. She is the last seagoing passenger carrying paddle steamer in the world! Built in 1946, she sailed from Craigendoran on the Firth of Clyde to Arrochar on Loch Long until 1973 when she was considered no longer economical by Caledonian MacBrayne.
Purchased by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for a token £1, she has been lovingly restored to her 1947 appearance and now operates passenger excursions around the British coast.
Since 2003, Waverley has been listed in the British National Register of Historic Ships core collection as 'a vessel of pre-eminent national importance'. You may have seen her in the 2011 film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Worth a look large