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Paddlesteamer Waverley grounded, later freed, 7th August


THE Waverley paddle steamer ran aground on a sandbank yesterday leaving 715 passengers high and dry.

The vessel became stuck as she was leaving Girvan Harbour, in Ayrshire.

Crew managed to get the boat back to the quayside and passengers were taken off.

Buses were scrambled to take them back to their boarding points at Ayr, Largs and Glasgow.

After the tide rose, the stricken steamer was taken to Ayr Harbour for checks.

Clyde Coastguard watch manager Stuart Atkinson said: "All passengers were disembarked by the ship's company.

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"In any grounding of a commercial vessel, it is normal practice to inspect the vessel to ensure the safety of its operation."

The Waverley is the world's last seagoing paddle steamer and attracts thousands of passengers in the summer months.

One said: "We were hoping for a great day doon the watter but we ended up with a coach trip.

"It's a real shame because the weather was just brightening up."

It is thought The Waverley will be back in action later this week.

The ship was launched in 1947 and due for decommissioning in the early 70s - but in 1974, she was bought by enthusiasts from the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society for just £1.

She underwent a major rebuild in 2000 and passengers still cruise the Clyde on her from Glasgow to Dunoon and the isles of Bute and Arran.

(Daily Record)